Simon Clarke

Professor, BA (Hons) Reading, PostGradCertEd Brist., MA Lond., EdD W.Aust., FACE, FACEL

  • The University of Western Australia (M428), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 302 Citations
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Personal profile



Ed.D. The University of Western Australia.

M.A. in Political Education, Institute of Education, University of London.

PGCE School of Education, University of Bristol.

B.A. (Hons), University of Reading.

Roles and responsibilities

Coordinator of Masters programmes

Funding overview

Research grants

Chapman, E., Louden, W., Clarke, S. Evaluation of the Curriculum Improvement Program Phase II. Department of Education & Training WA. $219,207.00.

Clarke, S. R. P., Dempster, N. Leading and Teaching in Small Schools: Confronting Contextual Complexity in Work Practices. Griffith University Industry Collaboration Scheme. $10, 000 from Griffith University and $10, 000 from Education Queensland.

Clarke, S. R. P., Dempster, N. Leadership for Learning: Charting Changes in Theory and Practice. Griffith University Research Grant. $12, 686.

Clarke, S.R.P., Wildy, H. R. Louden, W. Authentic Assessment of Principals' Performance. Funded by Edith Cowan University and The Western Australian Centre for Leadership, $30,000.

Teaching Grants

Clarke, S.R.P. Outcomes-Based Education Scheme Grant, University of Western Australia $6,388

Clarke, S.R.P. The Creation of a CD-Rom for Enhancing Professional Learning in Small Schools' Leadership. Griffith University Teaching Grant, $6,500.


Literature Review and Background Research for the National Collaboration Project – Innovative Strategies for Small and Remote Schools. Funded by WA Department of Education. $18,000. With H. Wildy

Probing the Street Realities of the Teaching Principal. Presentation and Workshop funded by Queensland Teachers Union

Centre for Education and Leadership in Education. (Griffith University). Teacher Leadership in Productive Pedagogies Initiative. Inala cluster of schools. Funded by Education Queensland.

Centre for Education and Leadership in Education. (Griffith University). The Assistant to the Principal in Religious Education (APRE) in Primary Schools. Funded by the Queensland Catholic Education Commission.

Clarke, S.R.P. Mastering the Art of Extreme Juggling: An Examination of the Contemporary Role of the Queensland Teaching Principal. A report on the Queensland Association of State School Principals (QASSP) teaching principals' survey. Funded by QASSP

Centre for Education and Leadership in Education. (Griffith University). New Horizons Project. Funded by St Peters Lutheran College.

Centre for Education and Leadership in Education. (Griffith University). Review of the Alternative Schooling Trial. Funded by Education Queensland.

Previous positions

Senior Lecturer in Curriculum Leadership and Director of Centre for Leadership and Management in Education, Griffith University, Queensland

Senior Lecturer in Curriculum Leadership and Deputy Director of Centre for Leadership and Management in Education, Griffith University, Queensland

Post Doctoral Scholar, Institute for the Service Professions, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia.

Teaching and administrative roles in state and independent secondary schools located in England and Australia

Current projects

Investigating how diverse contexts influence the nature and character of school leadership

Teaching overview

Human Resource Development EDUC5610
Leadership for Learning EDUC5612
Qualitative Inquiry EDUC5634
Educational Leadership & Management EDUC5415
Doctoral Research Project Design EDUC9972


Research interests include, educational leadership, school improvement, schools as organisations, change in education; teachers’ work, and industrial relations in education

Current research affiliations include:

• The Carpe Vitam ‘Leadership for Learning’ –project involving the University of Innsbruck, The Danish University of Education, The University of Oslo, The University of Patras, Cambridge University, the University of Washington and Griffith University. The project is supported by the Wallenberg Institute in Sweden and is led by Professor John MacBeath, the Chair of Educational Leadership at Cambridge University.

• The International Study of Principals’ Preparation (ISPP) involviing Instituto The Politecnico Nacional, Mexico, Texas State University, The University of Aberdeen, The University of Warwick, North West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa, The University of Technology, Jamaica, The University of Calgary and Murdoch University


  • Leadership for Learning
  • Change in education
  • Educational leadership
  • School leadership in context
  • Industrial relations in education
  • School improvement
  • Schools as organisations
  • Teachers' work

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Research Output 1999 2019

Educational Leadership in Post-Conflict Situations: A Brief Reconnoitre

O'Donoghue, T. & Clarke, S., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Practices and Principles of Educational Leadership and Management. Bush, T., Bell, L. & Middlewood, D. (eds.). 3 ed. SAGE Publications Ltd

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Leaders and Leadership in Serbian Primary Schools

Rakovic, J., O'Donoghue, T. & Clarke, S., 2019, (Accepted/In press) 1 ed. Palgrave Macmillan.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

primary school
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Leading Rwandan Primary Schools: Some deliberations on the past, present and future.

Karareba, G., Clarke, S. & O'Donoghue, T., Mar 2019, In : International Journal of Educational Reform. 28, 1, p. 79-98 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

primary school
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Clarke, S. & O'Donoghue, T., 2018, In : Leading & Managing. 24, 2, p. 2-4 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Projects 2000 2010

Activities 2008 2017

  • 3 Editorial activity
  • 1 Membership of committee
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Professional Development in Education (Journal)

Simon Clarke (Editor)

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

Journal of Educational Administration (Journal)

Simon Clarke (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso

Simon Clarke (Visiting researcher)
Jan 2013

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Non-Government Schools Planning Advisory Panel (External organisation)

Simon Clarke (Member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education (Journal)

Simon Clarke (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity