The British Journal of Educational Studies

'The British Journal of Educational Studies has become a central institution in the study of education. Its articles are relevant, accessible, and academically interesting. The Editor is fearless in publishing provocative work that really makes a difference.'

- Michael A. Peters, University of Illinois and Editor of Educational Philosophy and Theory.

The British Journal of Educational Studies is one of the UK's foremost international education journals. It publishes scholarly, research-based articles on education which draw particularly upon historical, philosophical and sociological analysis and sources.

British Journal of Educational Studies provides:

  • Discussions of educational policy and educational issues that draw on the findings of research.
  • Articles that review policy developments outside the UK, acknowledging the significance of cross-national policy influences
  • Contributions from many academic disciplines and a variety of perspectives.
  • The most comprehensive book review section of any education journal published in the UK with, on average, sixteen reviews per issue.

Please see the attached guidelines on special issues.

For more information on the British Journal of Educational Studies visit the journal's website at

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A Society for Educational Studies / British Journal of Educational Studies presentation in association with Routledge and Taylor & Francis.

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‘Guidelines for virtual issues of the BJES – open to SES Members only’

Applications are welcomed from members of the Society for Education Studies for curating and editing virtual issues of the BJES on a topical problem or theme relevant to the interests of the Journal.
Applications should be submitted to the Editor, Prof. Gary McCulloch,

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Education, Security and Intelligence Studies special issue

The ‘Education, Security and Intelligence Studies’ special issue of the British Journal of Educational Studies draws together the leading academic thought in the fields of security and intelligence in education. This special issue is free to access until the end of 2015, and draws on the same body of thought as the Society’s Annual Seminar, held at the British Academy on 12th November 2015.

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Enjoy free access to the virtual special issue collection until  the 30th September 2018.

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Professor Gary McCulloch
Brian Simon Professor of History of Education
UCL Institute of Education

Book Review Editor:
Professor Andrew Peterson
Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Aidan Thompson
Administrator, School of Education, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

Editorial Board Members:

  • Professor Stephanie Spencer, University of Winchester, UK
  • Professor Chris Taylor, Cardiff University, UK
  • Professor James Arthur, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Professor Gaynor Attwood, University of the West of England, UK
  • Dr Liam Gearon, University of Oxford
  • Dr Helen Hanna, Leeds Trinity University, UK
  • Dr Tom Harrison, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Terri Kim, University of East London, UK
  • Professor Ruth Leitch, Queen's University Belfast, UK
  • Dr James MacAllister, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Professor Uvanney Maylor, Bedfordshire University, UK
  • Professor Mark Olssen, University of Surrey, UK
  • Professor Andrew Peterson, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
  • Mr Chris Philpott, University of Greenwich, UK
  • Dr Michael Ward, Swansea University, UK
  • Dr Mike Waring, Loughborough University, UK
  • Dr Emma Williams, University of Warwick, UK

The 2016 BJES Editorial Board

2016 Editorial Board Members

International Advisory Board

  • Professor Diana Gonçalves Vidal, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Professor David F. Labaree, Stanford University, USA
  • Professor Tom O'Donoghue, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • Professor Michael Peters, Waikato University, New Zealand
  • Professor Gerard A. Postiglione, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Professor Victoria J. Risko, Vanderbilt University, USA
  • Professor Lynda Stone, University of North Carolina, USA
  • Dr Lorraine Symaco, University of Malaya, Malaysia