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Matt O'Leary

Professor of Education
Birmingham City University

Dr Matt O’Leary is Professor of Education at Birmingham City University. His main research interests focus on the impact of education policy on teaching and learning, especially in the context of professional learning and teacher development. He is internationally renowned for his extensive body of work on the use of classroom/lesson observation in understanding and improving teaching and learning.

Subjects: Education


In a career spanning almost 25 years in education, Dr Matt O'Leary has worked as a teacher, teacher educator, head of department and educational researcher in colleges, schools and universities in England, Mexico and Spain. His main research interests focus on the impact of education policy on practice, particularly in the Further Education (FE) sector, as well as teachers' professional learning and development and teacher assessment. He is well known internationally for his work on classroom observation, which has been instrumental in challenging engrained orthodoxies and influencing policy makers and national debates. He is the author of 'Classroom observation: A guide to the effective observation of teaching and learning' (2014) and author and editor of the recent book 'Reclaiming lesson observation: supporting excellence in teacher learning' (2016), both of which are published by Routledge.


    PhD in Education, University of Warwick 2011
    MA in Applied Linguistics & ELT, King's College London, 2000

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    • Classroom observation
    • Teacher assessment/teacher evaluation
    • Teacher identity and professionalism
    • Teacher learning and development
    • Teacher as researcher
    • Education policy and its practical application
    • Vocational pedagogy


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