The Journal for Executive and Governance Leaders

December 2019 edition

Caroline Whitty

Introduction

Welcome to the new edition of Trust. I am pleased to provide my synopsis of the range of topical subjects covered in this issue. In her lead article, Leora Cruddas, CEO of CST refers to Zook and Allen’s book The Founders Mentality in which they talk of the insurgent mission…

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David Laws

Teacher Shortages: Is pay an issue?

The government continues to find it challenging to meet its recruitment targets for teachers – not least in shortage subjects. Meanwhile, a significant increase in the secondary school pupil population is expected over the next few years, which will create additional pressures. Since 2010, overall teacher numbers have been static,…

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Luke Sparkes

A choice and a commitment

The premise of Patrick Lencioni’s excellent book, The Advantage, is that the single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organisational health. Yet it is ignored by most leaders – and in education – most leadership development programmes. At Dixons, we have made organisational health central to everything we do.…

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Sarah Haythornthwaite

Closing the Reading Gap

As education leaders, but also as parents, I think we can all agree that reading is at the heart of all learning. So I found it encouraging that, since 2018, the results of KS2 SATs have shown a small but promising increase in the number of students leaving primary schools…

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October 2019 edition

Caroline Whitty

Introduction

Welcome to  the first edition of Trust for the new 2019/20 academic year. I am pleased to provide my synopsis of the range of topical subjects covered in this issue. In her lead article, Leora Cruddas, CEO of CST, builds on her previous Trust article ‘Changing the Story’ to counter…

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Leora Cruddas

School Trusts as new Civic Structures

Earlier this year, I was delighted to give evidence to the UPP Foundation Civic University Commission. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to think hard about the civic role of universities and the role they play in their localities by making a strategic contribution to the greater social…

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Andy Wolfe

Trust is living well together

Reflecting on the word ‘Trust’ – the ‘T’ of our Multi Academy or Single Academy Trust designation – centres our thinking on the importance of our relationships with one another, and the extent to which they reflect our vision and values. Trust is created between institutions, teams, individuals and children,…

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July 2019 edition

Caroline Whitty

Introduction

Welcome to the July edition of Trust. I am pleased to provide my synopsis of the range of subjects covered in this issue. As we approach the end of the first academic year in which CST has been operating as the Sector Body for School Trusts, in her lead article,…

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Leora Cruddas

Taking Stock

We launched the Confederation of School Trusts on 11 October 2018. By this edition of Trust, we are thirty-eight weeks old and I thought it would be a good time to take stock of what we have achieved over this period. Let’s start with our mission – to support our…

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Melissa Bell

Using procurement to create social value

Social Value UK defines social value as “the quantification of the relative importance that people place on the changes they experience in their lives”. Social value is a concept that addresses the benefits to the wider community, as well as the non-financial impact of businesses, such as the wellbeing of…

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