Kathryn A. Riley

Kathryn A. Riley
University of London · Institute of Education

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Publications (62)
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In a global context of change and uncertainty, Kathryn Riley builds on her pioneering concept of Leadership of Place to pose fundamental challenges to the beliefs, thinking and professional practice of educators and leaders and to ask: How can we create schools that are places of belonging and possibility?
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This article focuses on three elementary public schools principals in Chile who are serving socially and economically disadvantaged communities. It explores how these principals manage competing pressures and respond to the harsh realities of the lives of many young people in their schools. Using the lenses of place and belonging, these issues are...
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The notion of 'place' is a powerful one: the place where we are from; the place where we live; the place where we would like to be. It raises issues of identity and belonging (or lack of it), and about roots and connections (or lack of them). In a world that is more uncertain, more liquid, less known, place matters. This engaging and accessible boo...
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School leaders in highly disadvantaged urban communities across the globe walk a tightrope, caught between the needs of communities and the requirements of national policies. This article aims to enrich our understanding of the potential of school–community relationships. It examines the policy discourse on urban schools and the practice of communi...
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This article maps the key features of the community contexts in which a range of challenging urban schools are located, highlighting the community-related issues facing school leaders. Whilst recognising the growing demands on school leaders and the need to reconfigure leadership, the author also identifies steps which they can take to strengthen c...
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This short article explores some of the challenges and complexities of engaging with school communities, particularly in diverse urban contexts. The author argues for a new relationship between schools and communities which is developed by grappling with the concept of community; developing tools to ‘read’ and make sense of the community context; w...
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Research has long identified racial differences in perceptions of criminal injustice. Given that race is confounded with neighbourhood context, it remains unclear the extent to which individual or neighbourhood attributes explain racial differences in these perceptions. This paper advances research on racial differences in perceptions of unjust pol...
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Communities across the United States rely on reliable, safe, and secure rail systems. Each weekday, more than 12 million passengers take to U.S. railways. Recent attacks on passenger-rail systems around the world highlight the vulnerability of this form of transportation. The high use of passenger rail and the frequency with which terrorists target...
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U.S. communities depend on reliable, safe, and secure rail systems, but such systems are vulnerable to terrorist attack. This brief explains a framework for security planners and policymakers to guide cost-effective rail-security planning and applies it to a notional rail system that characterizes rail systems typically found in the United States....
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This article summarizes findings from an ongoing research and development project, ‘Re-engaging disaffected pupils in learning’, which involves troubled and troublesome students in five London schools, all in challenging urban contexts. It outlines the project’s approach, key features of which include: involving the students themselves as change ag...
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This study contains the results of research on reconstructing internal security institutions during nation-building missions. It analyzes the activities of the United States and other countries in building viable police, internal security forces, and justice structures. This study examines in detail the reconstruction efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan,...
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In this article, the author explores some of the issues about schools and communities, suggesting that schools need to be more strongly connected to their communities and, for this to happen, more systematic ways need to be developed of understanding the nature and complexity of those communities (which are often diverse and changing rapidly, parti...
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One aspect of combating terrorism that is often discussed but seldom examined in detail concerns the overlap of intelligence and law enforcement and the role of state and local law enforcement agencies as the ultimate “eyes and ears” in the war on terrorism. This report helps fill that gap by examining how state and local law enforcement agencies c...
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In 2002, the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD), the Fraternal Order of Police, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) entered into a collaborative agreement. This agreement pledges its signatories (the parties) to collaborate in efforts to resolve social conflict, improve community relations, and avoid litigation. The agreement requires the...
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Drawing on examples from a range of contexts, this article explores some of the challenges for schooling in the 2lst century from the vantage points of both resource rich and developing countries, suggesting that schools on each side of the global North/South divide have much to learn from each other. It offers an inclusive framework for schooling...
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This article describes a change initiative which began in 2002: Woolwich Reach and Plumstead Pathfinder Action Zones (WRaPP). WRaPP has involved 17 primary, secondary and nursery schools in a deprived part of Greenwich, South London, and although nationally funded (through the UK Government’s Education Action Zones), it has been locally driven. The...
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Although recent government initiatives have drawn attention to the importance of listening to young people, attempts to pay attention to their views about their education experience are rare. Drawing on two studies of disaffected and disadvantaged pupils, this article analyses what can be learned from taking their views into account.
Technical Report
The purpose of this working paper is to describe homicide violence in the San Diego Police Department’s Southeast Division. The analysis described here should be of use to San Diego’s Project Safe Neighborhoods task force, Project Safe Neighborhoods task forces across the nation, and others interested in issues of crime. Readers should understand t...
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This working paper is a descriptive analysis of homicides from 1998 to 2002 in Hayward, California. It complements earlier analyses of violence in several other California jurisdictions, including Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego. These analyses are part of a series that RAND Corporation researchers have conducted on behalf of Project Safe Neighb...
Technical Report
The primary purpose of this working paper is to provide a brief description of and potential interventions for reducing violence in East and West Oakland for the San Francisco Bay Project Safe Neighborhoods task force, Project Safe Neighborhoods task forces in other jurisdictions, and others interested in violence prevention. This is not a required...
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This article draws on a range of country contexts in order to shed light on the ways in which the practice of leadership is shaped by national aspirations. It examines whether there is a set of ideas, arrangements and activities which appear to sustain new forms of leadership that support democracy, or whether democratic leadership of schools is a...
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Since ancient Greek and Roman times, education has been the symbolic arena in which a society’s values and beliefs are played out, and from across the Atlantic we hear responses to a challenging question which is of interest to politicians and practitioners across the globe. Our two contributors are both leading educators: Margaret Maden whose care...
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School effectiveness research has contributed much to our current thinking about differences and similarities between schools. However, the validity of some of the measures used, and the extent to which the research has provided us with the information we need to improve schools, has been the source of much debate. The two authors who have responde...
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The first International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration (Leithwood et al.) was published in 1996 and quickly became something of a best seller for reference works within education. Such success, we suggest, was at least partly due to the unprecedented global waves of concern for improving schools launched in the mid 1980's, co...
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For three consecutive years, opinion polls in the US have placed education as the top national issue (USA Today, 1999). `Education, Education, Education' has been the personal mantra of UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. These responses are not unique, governments across the globe are engaged in the education reform business, motivated by a range of con...
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‘Zones’ are closely defined localities which have special status in terms of recent Government initiatives. This article begins by examining the early stages of the Education Action Zone (EAZ) initiative which was launched in 1998, and the policy context into which it fits. It offers a critique of the selection processes used in the first round of...
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This paper reports upon a study which examines the changing role and effectiveness of local education authorities. The study, which is being conducted in three phases (and to date has involved 17 local education authorities) draws on survey and interview data to explore the growing diversity between authorities; the degree of their effectiveness; t...
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The issue of networks has received little attention in education but has been well-worked in many areas of social policy. Social studies has traditionally concerned itself with issues of linkage and relationship, and the study of organisations has always involved issues of network character. The contemporary surge of interest in networks, and the b...
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In both Europe and North America, governments of different political persuasions have begun to pay closer attention to what goes on in schools, and to the leadership of schools. Thinking about school leadership has focused inevitability on school leaders themselves: who they are and how they exercise their leadership. But schools do not exist in a...
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The purpose of this article is to explore the extent, scope and nature of emerging networks in education and examine their implications for local governance. It draws on two sources: a case study of post-16 education, and an analysis of a wider examination of changes in public service management which includes three parallel network studies. From t...
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The purpose of this chapter is to examine the context of change at national, local and school levels and its impact on school leadership in three countries — Denmark, England and Scotland. These three countries are collaborating in an international research project entitled ‘Effective School Leadership in a Time of Change”. The chapter explores the...
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Headteachers in England, Scotland, and Denmark must respond to wide-ranging and often conflicting external demands. Simultaneously, they must develop strategies to enhance their staffs' skills and improve pupil performance. This paper examines the background of a collaborative research project on school leadership in the three countries; elaborates...
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This article analyses the pathways to leadership and the routes and obstacles to their success of the 15 women who are among the 404 chief executives in local authorities in England. Kathryn Riley and Judy White highlight some of the consequences of these findings for public sector management.
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This article explores how information can be used to assist policy‐makers and practitioners: an issue central to the work of Desmond Nuttall. The narrative draws on Desmond Nuttall's work as Director of the Research and Statistics Branch of the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) and on seminars and workshops which the author ran jointly with h...
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On 1 April 1990, the Inner London Education Authority was abolished and its services were transferred to 12 inner London boroughs and the City of London. This article draws on original research to examine two questions: what have been the administrative and service consequences of abolition, and what do the lessons of inner London have to teach us...
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For twenty years, programs aimed at reducing the production and export of illicit drugs in foreign countries have played a major role in the rhetoric of United States drug control policy. Their role in drug control budgets has been more modest, though not insignificant; in fiscal year 1991 these programs received about $500 million, out of a total...
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This paper focuses on the concept of discretion, or scope for choice, in local authority provision of education services. It examines the legislative framework, comparing in particular the differing context and purposes of the 1944 Education Act and the Education Reform Act, 1988, which have set the boundaries for discretion. The argument is put fo...

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