The Journal for Executive and Governance Leaders

July 2020 edition

Caroline Whitty

Introduction

Now that we are adjusting to the new normal, this edition of Trust builds on the last by offering examples of approaches to strategic planning to mitigate the considerable challenges facing us in the new academic year. There is also a strong theme about the importance of the sector seizing…

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Leora Cruddas

“Rising strong”

We have seen a plethora of articles and blogs written over the past few months, regarding all aspects of education. Many have called for fundamental and radical changes to our schooling system in England. I was struck by Russell Hobby’s blog in which he outlines five ways NOT to think…

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Gareth Conyard

The Early Career Framework

We know we need to be attracting great people into the teaching profession, and that we want to retain and develop that talent. This was true well before most of us had heard the term ‘coronavirus’. There are longer term issues around the demand for and retention of great teachers,…

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Becky Francis

Supporting remote learning

Since March, schools have risen swiftly to extraordinary challenges – including logistical, cultural and emotional challenges – to support pupils and their families in unprecedented circumstances. They have justified their depiction as a ‘fourth emergency service’. Teachers have made herculean efforts to support home learning, and for children of key…

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Sebastien Chapleau

Catching up on our civic duty

We have been talking a lot recently, about the role(s) schools have been playing throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the role they could – and perhaps should – play beyond the crisis. Earlier this year, School Trusts as New Civic Structures was published by CST, outlining some of…

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June 2020 edition

Caroline Whitty

Introduction

In this edition of Trust, as you would anticipate, we continue to focus on the impact and longer-term implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on our sector. As schools begin to open more widely, in her lead article Leora Cruddas discusses ethical leadership. She highlights some of the great examples of…

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Leora Cruddas

Leading ethically during COVID-19

We have seen some magnificent examples of civic leadership exercised by local authorities, schools and trusts during COVID-19 – leaders acting with professional generosity and mutual reciprocity. In Cambridgeshire, the Director of Education, Jonathan Lewis has shown superb leadership by bringing civic actors including the local authority, schools and trusts…

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April 2020 edition

Caroline Whitty

Introduction

We find ourselves in unprecedented times. Our schools have risen superbly to the occasion and are doing a remarkable job in carrying on the education of the children in their care under the most challenging of circumstances. In the spirit of this we wanted to go ahead with the circulation…

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Leora Cruddas

The tenacity of the human spirit

Recently I wrote an article in TES about the path from crisis to recovery in the COVID-19 response. In this article, I talked about the need to build resilience and plan for recovery, as well as focusing on the here and now. I also talked about the tenacity of the…

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Tom Rees

Business as unusual for school trusts

Life in a school or trust is always busy and full of challenges but a global pandemic has brought new problems for schools to wrestle with. Over the last fortnight, teachers and school leaders across the country have made a significant and historic contribution to society. In just a few…

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