February 2020 edition

Caroline Whitty


Welcome to the new edition of Trust. With the ever present backdrop of some of the key challenges facing the sector, not least the issue of teacher recruitment and retention, this edition brings together a number of different strands of current thinking about the leadership of schools and trusts.

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Leora Cruddas

Maximising Civic Impact

In the last edition of Trust, I wrote about school trusts as an insurgent mission. This is a bold mission, requiring spikiness and limitless horizons....

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Tom Rees

Mapping the Territory for Leaders of School Trusts

In Robert MacFarlane’s ‘Mountain of the Minds’, he tells the story of cartography through the ages. MacFarlane describes how explorers were able...

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Mandy Coalter

Creating A Great Place to Work

Despite all the turbulence around us with the election, Brexit, new Ofsted framework, education funding and so on, as we start the new year one issue remains...

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Jack Worth

The Balance Between Autonomy and Coherence

One of the most important challenges facing any school leader is deciding how best to create working conditions that maximise staff motivation to perform...

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Ben White

Exploring Teacher Workload

Since the publication of Making Data Work (the DfE Workload Advisory Group’s report on data use and workload) I have been invited in to explore workload...

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Nick Smee

Managing a Trust’s Reputation in the Online, Post Truth World

School trusts are facing unprecedented reputational challenges in a post truth world. Whilst the requirement for schools to have an online presence is...

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David Gooda

Succession Planning and Leadership Recruitment: a Crisis Not to be Wasted?

Trust boards discover they have a leadership vacancy in one of two ways. But whether planned or unexpected, it’s a supremely valuable moment, where the...

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