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Mr Eric Addae-Kyeremeh

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Associate Head of School - Innovation
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Education
  • eric.addae-kyeremeh

Professional biography

Eric Addae-Kyeremeh is Senior Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management and a Chartered Fellow of both The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

He is currently the Associate Head of School- Innovation; in the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport with overall responsibility for teaching and learning innovation, business development, and staff professional development.

Prior to this role Eric was Associate Programme Director (Postgraduate Studies) for Childhood, Youth and Education in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies with responsibility for the academic leadership of the taught postgraduate programmes. His teaching primarily focuses on leadership and management in education. He has chaired and contributed to a number of OU masters modules in Education. As head of qualification from 2013 to 2016, he led the development of the new MA in Education qualification (F70) which started its first presentation in October 2015.  

Eric's research interests are broadly in educational leadership and professional learning across cultures and contexts. He has presented academic papers in some of these areas at International conferences. His current research is focused on the use of network ethnography to explore ‘informal learning’ patterns and behaviours of school leaders in sub-Saharan Africa.

Research interests

Eric's current research is broadly located in educational leadership, professional learning and school improvement.

Current research

Investigating Pedagogic Leadership in India (with Kris Stutchbury and Dr Jane Cullen)

This is a small-scale study focusing on headteacher perspectives on pedagogic leadership and the opportunities and constraints that they face in leading on pedagogy. This initial study will inform and help to frame a large-scale proposal to interrogate perspectives on improving pedagogy including questions on who leads on pedagogy in schools.

Funded by SRA in International Development and Inclusive Innovation at the Open University


Using network ethnography to explore professional relations and professional development

This research is part of my EdD titled: Professional development through networking: Perceptions and practices amongst basic school headteachers in Ghana. 

Funded by the Open University with support from British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS)


Teaching interests

Masters in Education at the OU

  • EE812 Educational leadership: exploring strategy (Module Chair)
  • EE813 MA Education dissertation: leadership and management
  • E856 Educational Leadership: context, strategy and collaboration (Module Chair and contributing author)
  • E855 Leading Professional Practice in Education (Co-author and member of module team)
  • E849 Leading and Managing for Effective Education (last presentation 2010-2011)
  • E859 Researching Educational Leadership and Management (last presentation 2011-2012)
  • E891 Educational Enquiry (2012-2013)

Impact and engagement

External Academic Activities

  • External Examiner for the MA Applied Educational Leadership and Management  at UCL Institute of Education (2012-16)
  • External Examiner for the Post Graduate Diploma/MA in School Leadership and Management (SQH)  at University of Strathclyde (2013-16)

Public duties

  • School Governor in Northampton


External collaborations

Nov 2014- May 2015: Academic Director-Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) in Ghana

A UKAID and Government of Ghana programme delivered in collaboration with Cambridge Education

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CREET: Educational Studies Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Education and Language Studies


What makes useful evidence for educational leadership practice? An interview (2018)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric and Fox, Alison
Management in Education, 32(1) (pp. 53-55)
Understanding teachers’ working experiences: capturing data on teachers as professionals, learners and change-makers in low resource contexts (2017-09-05)
Moore, Rhiannon; Buckler, Alison; Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric; Singh, Renu; Rossiter, Jack and High, Chris
In : Young Lives and RITES (OU) symposium (5-7 Sep 2017, Oxford, UK)
Connectedness and organisational learning: The role of relationships in supporting headteacher professional development (2017-07-09)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric
In : British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Annual Conference (7-9 Jul 2017, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK)
Professional learning through networking: perceptions and practices amongst basic school headteachers in Ghana (2015-07)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric
In : British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) Annual Conference (10-12 Jul 2015, Reading, UK)
School-based learning and development: revisiting professional development for headteachers in India (2014-11-17)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric and Wise, Christine
In : Exploring Leadership Learning and Theories in Asia (ELLTA) 2014 (17-19 Nov 2014, Penang, Malaysia)
Leadership development at scale to support policy: experiences from the TESS India project- a UKAID project (2014-07-11)
Wise, Christine; Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric; Anand, Kavita and Wheeler, Spokey
In : International Conference of British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (7-11 Jul 2014, Stratford-Upon-Avon)
Professional development spaces: an exploratory study of headteachers perspectives in Ghana (2014-06)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric
In : 3rd AFTRA Teaching and Learning in Africa Conference (11-13 Jun 2014, Accra, Ghana)
Messengers or agents? The capacity of headteachers to influence educational policy change in Ghana. (2012-07-20)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric
In : Annual International Conference of British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society (20-22 Jul 2012, Manchester)
Learning-centred leadership: practices and effects. (2012-07-10)
Addae-Kyeremeh, Eric
In : International Council on Education for Teaching conference (10-12 Jul 2012, Cape Coast. Ghana.)


OU student wins Care Apprentice Award

Heather always wanted to be a mental health nurse, having worked as a carer for a number of years. When she was given the chance by her employer to study for an Open University course in Health Care Practise, she grabbed the opportunity. Earlier this year, Heather was awarded the Care Apprentice Award at the National Care Awards, as Carers Week begins, she talks about her journey with The OU.

10th June 2019
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