Dr Simon Pratt-Adams

Deputy Dean, International & External Income

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:Leadership and Management Staff

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Health, social care and medical innovation

Simon is Deputy Dean in our Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education, with responsibility for international developments and external income. His vision is for the faculty to be recognised internationally as the leading provider of health, social care and education in the East of England.

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From 2010 until 2013, Simon was Head of our Department of Education. His management and leadership style is based upon his values and philosophy, being both people and task-oriented and incorporating teamwork, facilitation, commitment and integrity. Previous roles in higher education have included Head of Teacher Education, Director of Research, Director of Masters Programmes, Learning, Teaching & Quality Adviser and Education Studies Course Leader.

Simon has proven expertise in conducting qualitative research. His funded PhD research, A Study of the Significance of the Same-Sex Peer Group on the Development of Young Males, was a longitudinal study and involved four individual research projects. He's also worked as a research colleague with professors from King's College, London, Goldsmiths College, University of London and Roehampton University.

From 2009 to 2013, Simon had a contract with Continuum International Publishers as series editor for the Contemporary Issues in Education Studies; seven books were published in this series. In 2006, Simon's book, The Urban Primary School, was published by OUP/McGraw-Hill and was TES book of the week. His second book, Changing Urban Education, was published by Continuum in 2010. Simon has published approximately 25 academic publications. He currently has a contract with Bloomsbury Publishing and is publishing a co-authored book with Dr Elizabeth Burn in 2015 entitled Men Teaching Children 3-11: Dismantling Gender Barriers.

Research interests

  • Urban education
  • Primary education
  • Masculinities and Education
  • International Education
  • Pedagogy

Simon believes that research applied to pedagogic practice feeds into course delivery. By making research more accessible to students, he creates a dialogue between himself as active researcher and students in order for them to realise their potential as active researchers and welcome them into the academic environment. As his research is principally based in the urban locale, there are possibly reference points with the students he teaches. By keeping students up-to-date with educational research, as well as sharing his own empirical work, he encourages students to feel that they are at the cutting edge of education. Simon has presented his research at international conferences since 1998 and given guest seminars at many UK universities. Simon coordinated the Gender Education Research group at King's College, London.

Areas of research supervision

Simon’s main research interests focus on urban education, globalisation, primary education, the achievement and socialisation of boys, male primary school teachers and mobile learning technologies. Recently, Simon has completed international research about male primary school teachers, the emotional perspectives of urban primary school headship and context-sensitive mobile learning in urban education.

Simon would be pleased to consider supervising doctoral subjects with the following research interests/topics:

  • Gentrification and urban schooling
  • Male primary school teachers
  • Education of boys
  • Pedagogic research in higher education

Recent and current doctoral supervision as first supervisor:

  • Investigation into the teaching and learning of mathematics in junior secondary schools: the case of Ghana (2013)
  • Israeli- Arab high school students’ perceptions of the implementation of the English curriculum and its suitability to their EFL meta-cognitive language learning strategies (2015)
  • Stakeholders’ perceptions of appropriate management methods: the case of A. youth-village undergoing change (2015)
  • To what extent does the head teacher’s value system influence the ethos of the church of England voluntary controlled primary school (2016)
  • Biology classroom interaction in Nigeria: A case study of secondary schools in Ojo areas of Lagos State, Nigeria (current)
  • Reflections of Nepalese graduates and employers on UK University degree education (current)
  • Evaluation of the factors affecting the success of vocational technical education programmes in higher institutions in Delta State, Nigeria (current)
  • An Appreciative Inquiry: To what extent does distributed leadership enable school leaders to impact positively children’s achievement? (current)


Simon has professional experience of working with colleagues across a wide range of subject areas and settings, whether team teaching, mentoring new academic staff, organising international teleconferences with media staff or developing resources with learning technologists. He has also worked in the development of online learning materials on several modules and developed virtual learning environments.


  • University Teaching Fellow
  • PhD, King's College, London: A Study of the Significance of the Same-Sex Peer Group on the Development of Young Males
  • MA in Urban Education, King's College, London
  • Diploma in Information Technology, Royal Society of Arts
  • PGCE Primary Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Certificate in Youth and Community Work, Durham County Council
  • BA (Hons) Theology, University of Durham

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy
  • British Educational Research Association
  • University and College Union
  • British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society
  • Learning Pathways Academy Trustee

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Simon has participated in professional and research-based activities at other universities as a consultant and review panel member for education validation events. From 2001 he has been an external examiner at other higher education institutions, including principal and awards external examiner roles. He has also developed academic programmes internationally, in particular with the State University of New York and Israel.

Selected recent publications

Pratt-Adams, S., and Burn, E. (2015) Men Teaching Children 3-11: Dismantling Gender Barriers. London, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Pratt-Adams, A., Smith, C. et al, (2012) Design for Active Learning: Putting Learning into Context with Mobile Devices in Informed Design for Educational Technologies in HE. Hershey, PA, IGI Global.

Pratt-Adams, S., Maguire, M. and Burn, E. (2010) Changing Urban Education. London, Continuum.

Pratt-Adams, S. and Maguire, M. (2009) Urban Education, Equality and Inequality. In: Helavaara Robertson, L. and Hill, D. (Eds.). Promoting Equality in Primary/Elementary Schools. London, Continuum International Publisher.

Pratt-Adams, S. and Maguire, M. (2009) Urban Primary School Headship in England: an emotional perspective. Critical Studies in Education, 50(2), June 2009, pp.115-127.

Pratt-Adams, S. and Maguire, M. (2009) Improving the English urban primary school: questions of policy. Improving Schools, 12(1), March, pp.59-70.

Pratt-Adams, S., Maguire, M. and Woolridge, T. (2006) The Urban Primary School. McGraw-Hill/Open University Press.

Pratt-Adams, S. and George, R. (2005) Transferring Friendship: Girls' and Boys' Friendships in the Transition from Primary to Secondary School. Children and Society, 19, pp.16-26.

Pratt-Adams, S. and Burn, E. (2004) Every Good Boy Deserves Football. Chapter in Young People, Risk and Leisure: Constructing Identities in Everyday Life. Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan, pp.243-255.

Pratt-Adams, S. and Jackson, D. (2002) The fear of being seen as white losers: white, working class masculinities and the killing of Stephen Lawrence. Sociologi I Dag, argang 32(4), pp.103-113.

Pratt-Adams, S., Archer, L. and Philips, D. (2001) Working class men's constructions of masculinity and negotiations of (non) participation in higher education. Gender and Education, 13(4), pp.431-449.

Recent presentations and conferences

  • Maltepe University, Istanbul
  • University of Chile, Chile
  • Global Partners Summit, Shanghai