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Chris Rolph

Chris Rolph

Director - Nottingham Institute of Education

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Secondary and Continuing Education


Dr Rolph is the Director of Nottingham Institute of Education, one of the country's foremost providers of initial teacher training, and a recognised centre for the study of education. He has taught on range of courses including: joint honours in education; secondary initial teacher education; MA education. He continues to supervise a number of doctoral students. He is keen to develop new partnerships with institutions at home and abroad, and is firmly committed to a collaborative approach to education at all levels, in which developments in teaching and learning are based on robust research.

Career overview

After completing a PhD in astrophysics and a post-doctoral post, Dr Rolph began teaching in secondary schools. Over 10 years in the classroom he achieved accreditation as an Advanced Skills Teacher before becoming a secondary headteacher, leading 3 schools over the next 13 years. During this time he carried out funded research projects for the TDA and NCSL, and published papers with SSAT. He joined NTU in 2016.

Research areas

Dr Rolph’s research interests include education policy, school leadership, accountability and performativity, change management, curriculum design, and science education.



Rolph, C.D. (2021) Using school-level data to investigate the impact of a one-to-one mathematics teaching resource in English primary schools. Education Sciences, 11 (11): 740. DOI

Rolph, C.D. (2019) Conservative parliamentary majority: what it could mean for schools. The Conversation:

Rolph, C.D. (2019) Grammar school expansion: ideology or evidence-based?  Public Sector Focus 20 68.

Rolph, C.D. (2018) Grammars receive £50m boost, while primary and secondary schools rely on cash donations from parents. The Conversation:

Rolph, C.D. (2018) Headteachers march: the school funding protests explained. The Conversation:

Rolph, C.D. (2017) English Education 5.0: a pictorial understanding of the future school system. World Educational Leadership Symposium, Zug 2017.

Rolph, C.D.(2017) GCSE Results 2017: A new grading system and a whole lot of confusion. The Conversation:

Rolph, C.D. (2017) The Matthew effect at election time. BERA Blog:

Rolph, C.D. (2017) Latest school league tables show where you live affects your child’s education.  The Conversation:

Rolph, C.D. (2016) What’s the difference? BERA Blog:

Rolph, C.D. (2008) Curriculum design case study. iNET/SSAT Curriculum Design: Disciplined Innovation in Practice, 71.

Rolph, C.D. (2006) The oxymoron of the learning organisation. Principal Matters 67 30.

Rolph, C.D. (2005) Educational leadership in 2025. iNET international conference Amsterdam, 2005.

Rolph, C.D. (2004) The paradoxes of distributed leadership in schools. Focus paper iNET online international conference, 2004.

Baxter, S., Bell, C., Green, T., Green, Y., Rolph, C., Webber-Jones, R., & Worrall, S. (2004) Engagement of Lincolnshire secondary schools with NCSL.  NCSL.

Rolph, C.D. (2004) Seven layers of leadership: a model for deep change. SSAT, Snapshots Primary 1 8.

Rolph, C.D. (2003) International CPD: TIPD Australia. CPD Journal May 2003.

Rolph, C.D. (2001) Recruitment and retention in the 21st century. Discussion paper Vision 2020 international online conference, 2001.


Lawrence, A.L., Rowan-Robinson, M., Oliver, S., Taylor, A., McMahon, R.G., Broadhurst, T., Scarrott, S.M., Draper, P.W., Rolph, C.D., Ellis, R.S., Tadhunter, C.N., Condon, J.J., Lonsdale, C.J., Hacking, P., Conrow, T., Efstathiou, G.P. & Saunders, W.S.
Optical, infra-red, radio and polarization imaging of the high redshift galaxy F10214+4724
Monthly Notices RAS 1993 260 28.

Scarrott, S.M., Draper, P.W., Rolph, C.D. & Wolstencroft, R.D.
Star formation in dark globules in the Gum Nebula
Monthly Notices RAS 1992 257 48.

Tadhunter, C.N., Draper, P.W., Rolph, C.D. & Scarrott, S.M.
The optical polarizations of high and intermediate redshift radio galaxies
Monthly Notices RAS 1992. 256 53p.

Draper, P.W., Rolph, C.D., Scarrott, S.M., Tadhunter, C.N., Lawrence, A. & McMahon, R.G
IRAS 10214+4724 - a highly polarized galaxy
Gemini 1991 34 14.

Rolph, C.D. & Scarrott, S.M.
A high spatial resolution polarization map of the GL2591 nebulosity
Monthly Notices RAS 1991. 253, 63.

Scarrott, S.M., Rolph, C.D. & Tadhunter, C.N.
The nature of the cometary nebula GN20.18.3
Monthly Notices RAS 1991 250 111.

Scarrott, S.M., Rolph, C.D. & Tadhunter, C.N.
The illumination of the cometary nebula 1548C27
Monthly Notices RAS 1991 249 310.

Scarrott, S.M., Rolph, C.D., Tadhunter, C.N. & Wolstencroft, R.D.
Imaging polarimetry of the galaxy NGC1068
Monthly Notices RAS 1991 249 16p.

Scarrott, S.M., Rolph, C.D. & Tadhunter, C.N.
The PV Cep/GM29 nebulosity : an update
Monthly Notices RAS 1991 249 131.

Scarrott, S.M., Rolph, C.D. & Tadhunter, C.N.
The illumination of the L810 dark cloud
Monthly Notices RAS 1991 248 27.

Tadhunter, C.N., Scarrott, S.M. & Rolph, C.D.
The Radio galaxy Cygnus A: A giant bipolar nebula
Monthly Notices RAS 1990 246 163.

Scarrott, S.M., Rolph, C.D., Wolstencroft, R.D., Walker, H.J., & Sechiguchi, K.
The nature of the bipolar nebula associated with IRAS0731-0147
Monthly Notices RAS 1990 245 484.

Eaton, N, Rolph, C.D. & Scarrott, S.M.
Polarimetry of the Re10 nebulosity
Monthly Notices RAS 1990 244 527.

Scarrott, S.M., Rolph, C.D. & Tadhunter, C.N.
Imaging polarimetry of the high-z galaxy 3C368
Monthly Notices RAS 1990 243 5.

Scarrott, S.M., Rolph, C.D. & Semple, D.P.
Optical polarization in galaxies
IAU Symposium 140: Galactic and Extragalactic Magnetic Fields, eds. Beck.R &Wielebinski,R., Kluwer. Heidelberg 1990 p245.

Scarrott, S.M., Gledhill, T.M. & Rolph, C.D.
Polarization studies of nebulae associated with young stars and outflow regions
Quarterly Journal RAS 1990 31 47.

Scarrott, S.M., Rolph, C.D. & Wolstencroft, R.D.
An optical polarization study of the nebulosity associated with the evolved object OH231.8+4.2
Monthly Notices RAS 1990 243 462.

Scarrott, S.M., Gledhill, T.M., Rolph, C.D. & Wolstencroft, R.D.
Polarimetry of Herbig-Haro Objects: VII. HH120 in the cometary globule CG30
Monthly Notices RAS 1990 242 419.

Rolph, C.D, Scarrott, S.M. & Wolstencroft, R.D.
Polarimetry of Herbig-Haro Objects: VI. HH83 in Orion.
Monthly Notices RAS 1990 242 109.

Rolph, C.D. & Scarrott, S.M.
The wavelength dependence of polarization in NGC2023
IAU Symposium 135: Interstellar Dust. 1989 NASA Conference Pub 3036, p109.

Scarrott, S.M., Rolph, C.D. & Tadhunter, C.N.
3C368: a giant bipolar reflection nebula?
Gemini, 1989 26 3.

Scarrott, S.M. & Rolph, C.D.
Evidence for structure in the optical polarization of the jet of 3C273
Monthly Notices RAS 1989 238 34.

Scarrott, S.M., Rolph, C.D. & Mannion, M.D.
The discovery of a bipolar IR nebula near NGC2023
Monthly Notices RAS 1989 237 102.

Rolph, C.D. & Scarrott, S.M.
The illuminating source of the GL2591 nebulosity
Monthly Notices RAS 1988 234 719.

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Press expertise

  • Education policy
  • School leadership and accountability
  • Teacher training
  • Teacher recruitment
  • Science education