Leanne Henderson


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Research Interests

Leanne is a Research Fellow in Language Policy on the AHRC Modern Languages Leadership Fellowship Language Policy Project ‘Foreign, indigenous and community languages in the devolved regions of the UK: policy and practice for growth.’  She is undertaking research into modern languages education policy, provision and practice in the devolved regions. She is particularly interested in language learner aspirations and expectations in relation to curriculum and assessment at post-primary level.  


She completed her PhD in Education at the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast.  Her doctoral research adopted a rights based approach to consider the processes, practices and experiences of transition to secondary education in Northern Ireland.  


She has also worked as a French teacher and Head of Modern Languages at post-primary level


Leanne is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Curriculum, Assessment, Children's Rights, Education Policy, Children's experiences, Modern Languages, Transition

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Research Output

  • Educational Underachievement in Northern Ireland: Evidence Summary

    Henderson, L., Harris, J., Purdy, N. & Walsh, G., 23 Jan 2020, Belfast: Stranmillis University College. 37 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Open Access
  • The Transition from Primary Languages Programmes to Post-Primary Languages Provision

    Collen, I., McKendry, E. & Henderson, L., 31 Aug 2017, Belfast: NICILT. 32 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
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    • 3 Participation in conference
    • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Editorial activity
    • 1 Invited talk

    Achieving Education: Seminar Series

    Leanne Henderson (Invited speaker)

    04 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    BERA ECR Network Symposium Series 2019

    Leanne Henderson (Organiser), , Sarah Miller (Chair), & Tony Gallagher (Chair)

    03 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Languages, Society & Policy (Journal)

    Leanne Henderson (Deputy editor)

    01 Dec 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Crossing Boundaries in Language Teaching

    Leanne Henderson (Member of the organising committee)

    01 Oct 201804 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    8th Annual All-Ireland Doctoral Conference on Educational Research.

    Leanne Henderson (Participant)

    01 Feb 201630 Jun 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


    Transition to secondary education: children’s aspirations, assessment practices and admissions processes

    Author: Henderson, L., 06 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Elwood, J. (Supervisor) & Lundy, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy