Bernard's academic writing on school leadership

In 1991 Bernard gained an MEd in Educational Management and Policy from the University of Birmingham, and in 1993 he published Sharing power in schools: raising standards. His research into, and writing about, democratic and empowering approaches to management and schooling has continued ever since.

His doctoral thesis, completed in 1996, won the university's George Cadbury Prize for that year: the narrative section was published by the Educational Heretics Press as Participation, power-sharing and school improvement.

What Bernard describes as his definitive work on this theme bringing together the available research and all his experience - School councils, school democracy, school improvement: why, what, how - was published by the Secondary Heads Association (now the Association of School and College Leaders) in 2003. In January 2006 ASCL also published Bernard's follow-up booklet, Raising the student voice: a framework for effective school councils. It was launched by Lord Adonis, then Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Schools, who wrote the Foreword.

Bernard has written or contributed to several more books and academic journals on education, democracy and leadership. Here is a comprehensive list:

Desperately seeking our DNA: what independent schools bring to the free schools debate A National Education Trust (NET) Counterblast, October 2010

‘What next for Slash and Burn?’: article in SCHOOLS NorthEast What Next?, Summit post-event handbook, November 2010

Debate with Rupert Tillyard ‘Do private schools legitimise privilege?’ in Arthur, J, and Davies, I (eds) The Routledge Education Studies Textbook, Routledge (2009)[pp.41-49]

‘Democratic Schools: towards a definition’ in Arthur, J, Davies, I, and Hahn, C (eds) The Sage Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Democracy , Sage Publishing (2008) [Ch.32: pp. 410-423]

‘Staff’ in Richardson, N and Despontin, B (eds) HEADS – Essays in leadership in changing times, John Catt Educational (2007) [pp. 38-46]

A response to “Rewards, citizenship and schooling” ’ in Learning for democracy: an international journal of thought and practice Vol.2, No.3, 66-69, October 2006, Critical Press

‘School democracy and school improvement’ in Learning for democracy: an international journal of thought and practice Vol.1, No.1, 59-68, February 2005, Critical Press

(with Becky Griffiths) ‘How do schools encourage student participation?’ in Education Review (Journal of the National Union of Teachers) Vol.18, No.1, 90-95, Winter 2004

'Are you sitting comfortably: then I'll begin - the virtuous circle' in Trafford, B (ed), Making the most of it: management in schools and colleges. Secondary Heads Association (2002)

‘School leadership: if it’s such a tough job, how do people do it?’ in Dalton, I, Fawcett, R and West-Burnham, J (eds), Schools for the 21st Century  Pearson Education, 2001 [pp.1-22]

‘Values, qualities and moral leadership’ in Bennett, D, Clough, J, Cox, K, Griffin, K and Trafford, B, The creativity of school leadership Secondary Heads Association, 2001

(With Clive Harber)  ‘Democratic management and school effectiveness in two countries:  a case of pupil participation?’ in Educational Management and Administration Vol 27 (1) 45-54, 1999

Contributor to Voices for democracy:  a North-South dialogue on education for sustainable democracy   ed. C. Harber (138 pp.) Education Now Books in association with The British Council, 1998

Contributor to Developing democratic education ed. C. Harber (114 pp.) Education Now Books 1995

 

Books

Democratic governance of schools, Bäckman, E and Trafford, B, (98pp.) Council of Europe Publishing (2007)

Big Six: new entry, new way of learning’ in Trafford, B (ed), i²=Independent and innovative: examples of innovation in HMC schools John Catt Educational Ltd (2006) [pp. 55-64]

'Wow and for ever' in Clough, J, Dalton, I and Trafford, B The personal touch, Association of School and College Leaders (2006) [pp.23-33]

Raising the student voice: a framework for effective school councils, (22 pp.) Association of School and College Leaders (with forewords by Lord Adonis, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, and John Dunford, ASCL General Secretary) (2006)

School councils, school democracy, school improvement: why, what, how, (104 pp.) Secondary Heads Association (2003)

What's it all about?  Clough, J, Dalton, I and Trafford, B, Secondary Heads Association (2002)

'Called to account' in Trafford, B (ed), Two sectors, one purpose: independent schools in the system, Secondary Heads Association (2002)

'Collective worship, dyslexia and inclusivity' in Trafford, B (ed), Diversity, inclusivity, and equal opportunities, Secondary Heads Association (2002)

Participation, power-sharing and school improvement, (96 pp.) Educational Heretics Press, 1997

Sharing power in schools: raising standards, (45 pp.) Education Now Books,  1993