The British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) has celebrated over 50 years as an independent voice supporting quality education through effective leadership and management. Ideas and practice, and the relationship between them, are what interest us. Our members are a mixture of practitioners in schools, colleges and universities and working academics, encouraging a unique perspective which brings together the theoretical and the practical and encourages stimulating debate at our conferences and events.

Who are we?

BELMAS members work as school or college leaders and academic leadership and policy researchers mostly throughout the UK but also in 75 different countries around the world. We are united by a common interest in how research and evidence can inform and enhance practice.

The majority of our members are either school leaders or academics. Others work in leadership roles in local authorities and further education colleges, or are research students. We actively welcome new members who share our interests and would like to join our community to research, share or disseminate knowledge and good practice.

How are we different?

BELMAS’s unique contribution is our ability to bring together practitioners and academics as well as representatives from all sectors of education in a context in which no particular interest is represented. Members generate and debate ideas that make a difference and discover, understand and disseminate good practice.

What do we do?

We aim to be a distinctive, independent and critical voice in the pursuit of quality education through effective leadership and management. We encourage and facilitate mutual support amongst our members in their research and practice through our annual and smaller conferences, publication of two journals devoted to leadership research and practice, interest groups with a range of foci, targeted small grants and links with fellow organisations.


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