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Catherine Simon

Catherine Simon

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Personal statement 

My teaching career spanned the teaching of Secondary History and R.E and latterly Primary years education. I taught in schools throughout the UK and spent seven years working for Service Schools Education in Germany.

I joined Bath Spa in 2004 as Senior Lecturer in Ed Studies whilst completing my Masters in Education. I joined the core Education Studies team, and continue to contribute to the core modules and those which draw on my specialism in education policy. I am Programme Leader for the Education Studies Undergraduate programme and Award Leader for the Education Specialised Award.

I also have responsibility for the academic oversight and coordination of undergraduate Education placements. In this capacity I have been keen to extend placement opportunities for students beyond the traditional classroom context and we now have links with a number of private and voluntary organisations including the Red Cross, the Children's Society and the Black Families Education Support Group.

Working at Bath Spa has facilitated my main areas of academic interest and research into Education Policy, School Systems and Leadership and Management.

Academic qualifications

  • EdD, University of Bath
  • MA Education, University of Bath
  • PGCE, University of Durham
  • BA(Hons), History and Theology, University of Leeds

Professional memberships

  • British Educational,Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS)
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • The Society for Educational Studies (SES)
  • National Governors Association (NGA)
  • Member, Association of Teacher Educators in Europe
  • Co-convener of Association of Teacher Educators in Europe's Research and Development Centre on Education Policy

Areas of expertise

My teaching on the undergraduate Education Studies degree is located within core and Specialised Award programmes including module leadership of Level 4 Introduction to Primary Schools; joint module leadership of both the core Level 5 Issues in Education and the compulsory Level 5 Understanding Classrooms modules. At Level 6 I am joint module leader for Teaching and Professionalism module. I also supervise Education Dissertations. 

I am a regular guest lecturer at the University of Bath.

I have contributed to teaching on the Professional Masters Programme and I am Director of Studies for Doctoral Students.

I welcome Doctoral Supervision of students with an interest in Education Policy, Policy Implementation, Education in England, school leadership and management systems. 

Research and academic outputs

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Placements and work-based learning in education studies: an introduction for students
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Hordern, J and Simon, C.A, eds. (2017) Placements and work-based learning in education studies: an introduction for students. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9781138839076


Beyond Every Child Matters: neoliberal education and social policy in the new era
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Simon, C.A (2016) Beyond Every Child Matters: neoliberal education and social policy in the new era. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9781138918962


Does every child matter? Understanding New Labour's social reforms
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Ward, S and Simon, C.A (2010) Does every child matter? Understanding New Labour's social reforms. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780415495790


When free schools in the UK and charter schools in the US backfire
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Downes, G and Simon, C.A (2017) 'When free schools in the UK and charter schools in the US backfire.' In: Conchas, G.Q, Gottfried, M.A, Hinga, B.M and Oseguera, L, eds. Educational policy goes to school: case studies on the limitations and possibilities of educational innovation. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 53-68. ISBN 9781138678750


Empowering communities: understanding policy contexts
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Simon, C.A (2017) 'Empowering communities: understanding policy contexts.' In: Brown, Z and Ward, S, eds. Contemporary issues in childhood: a bio-ecological approach. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9781138200760


Preparing for your placement
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Simon, C.A (2017) 'Preparing for your placement.' In: Hordern, J and Simon, C, eds. Placements and work-based learning in education studies: an introduction for students. Routledge, pp. 32-42. ISBN 9781138839069


Children, families, communities and the state
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Simon, C.A (2012) 'Children, families, communities and the state.' In: Ward, S, ed. A student's guide to education studies. 3rd ed. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780415809672


Every Child Matters: social cohesion, schooling and success
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Simon, C.A (2008) 'Every Child Matters: social cohesion, schooling and success.' In: Ward, S, ed. A student's guide to education studies. 2nd ed. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780415465373


But I don't want to be a teacher: work based learning in Education Studies
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Simon, C.A (2017) 'But I don't want to be a teacher: work based learning in Education Studies.' Educationalfutures, 8 (2). pp. 4-25. ISSN 1758-2199


Are two heads better than one? System school leadership explained and critiqued
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Simon, C.A (2015) 'Are two heads better than one? System school leadership explained and critiqued.' School Leadership & Management, 35 (5). pp. 544-558. ISSN 1363-2434


Extended schooling and community education: mapping the policy terrain
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Simon, C.A (2013) 'Extended schooling and community education: mapping the policy terrain.' London Review of Education, 11 (1). pp. 20-31. ISSN 1474-8460


Designing accredited continuing professional development for the Children's Workforce: challenges and opportunities facing higher education in England
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Coombs, S and Simon, C.A (2011) 'Designing accredited continuing professional development for the Children's Workforce: challenges and opportunities facing higher education in England.' Professional Development in Education, 37 (1). pp. 111-129. ISSN 1941-5257


Every parent matters: reflections from England upon New Labour's parent policy
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Simon, C.A and Gibson, H (2010) 'Every parent matters: reflections from England upon New Labour's parent policy.' Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 114. pp. 93-117. ISSN 1207-7798


Emerging patterns of Multi-Academy Trusts and school sponsorship in England
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James, C and Simon, C.A (2017) Emerging patterns of Multi-Academy Trusts and school sponsorship in England. In: British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Conference, 7 - 9 July 2017, Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford Upon Avon, UK.


Are two heads better than one? System leadership critiqued
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Simon, C.A (2013) Are two heads better than one? System leadership critiqued. In: British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) conference, 12-14 July 2013, Edinburgh.


Extended schools: policy enactment. Lessons for leadership and management from the UK experience.
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Simon, C.A (2011) Extended schools: policy enactment. Lessons for leadership and management from the UK experience. In: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), 13-16 September 2011, Freie Universitat Berlin.


Schools and community: implications of New Labour's extended schools agenda in England
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Simon, C.A (2011) Schools and community: implications of New Labour's extended schools agenda in England. In: BERA Annual Conference, 3-6 September 2011, Institute of Education, University of London.


A parent policy or apparent policy? Questioning New Labour's conviction that Every Parent Matters
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Simon, C.A and Gibson, H (2010) A parent policy or apparent policy? Questioning New Labour's conviction that Every Parent Matters. In: BERA Annual Conference, 1-4 September 2010, University of Warwick.


Trans(parent) policy making. The role of parents in education: lessons for European education
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Simon, C.A (2009) Trans(parent) policy making. The role of parents in education: lessons for European education. In: European conference on Educational Research (ECER), 28-30 September 2009, University of Vienna, Vienna.


Teaching and learning in and for multi-agency professional practice. The role of Higher Education and CPD
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Coombs, S and Simon, C.A (2008) Teaching and learning in and for multi-agency professional practice. The role of Higher Education and CPD. In: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), 8-9 September 2008, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.


Education and social reform: a critique of the Every Child Matters agenda for schools
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Simon, C.A (2008) Education and social reform: a critique of the Every Child Matters agenda for schools. In: BERA Annual Conference, 3-6 September 2008, Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.


Education and social reform
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Simon, C.A (2008) Education and social reform. In: Society of Education Studies (SES) Seminar Series, April 2008, University of Leicester.


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