Leora Cruddas

Leora Cruddas is the CEO of the Confederation of School Trusts – the national organisation and sector body for school trusts in England. Prior to this, she was Director of Policy and Public Relations for the Association of School and College Leaders. She has six years of experience as a Director of Education in two London Local Authorities. Leora has a wide range of experiences that reflect her passion for making a difference in the lives of children and young people. She is a committed educationalist who has extensive experience at senior executive level of working with schools to improve quality of provision and standards.

Articles from this author

Future Schooling

Many in the education commentariat are talking and writing about the future of schooling in England. These arguments, situated in the context of the global...

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Introduction

In the introduction to this edition of Trust, I want to make the case for ‘robust’ policy. Robustness can be defined as "a system’s ability to maintain...

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"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...

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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...

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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...

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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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School Trusts – An “Insurgent Mission”

In their excellent book, The Founder’s Mentality, Zook and Allen talk about the insurgent mission as one of the key features of the founders of successful...

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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...

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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...

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Reflections on Autonomy

The term ‘autonomy’ is a highly contested and misunderstood concept. The whole question of the practice of autonomy needs more careful thought and...

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Changing The Story

At the legal and ethical heart of what we do as academy trusts lies something bold and aspirational – our core charitable purpose is to advance education...

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The Importance of the Teachers

Last month, the Department for Education launched the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, and the Early Career Framework (ECF). There was an astonishing...

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Introduction

Welcome to the second edition of Trust, our Journal for Executive and Governance Leaders.

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Building Trust

Over the past decade, academies have become a powerful force in education reform. With half of our children and young people in England educated in the...

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