2018 / 2019 articles

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.

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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...

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Sir David Carter

Expanding the Reach and Influence of Educational Leaders of the System

In June 2019, I was delighted to lead alongside Leora Cruddas, the CEO of the Confederation of School Trusts, (CST) a short series of roadshows with CEOs...

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Sam Twiselton

A Potential Paradigm Shift in the Way Teachers Begin Their Professional Journey

It’s good timing to be writing for Trust as new teachers are very much on my mind right now. I have recently started chairing the DfE expert group that...

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Steve Savory and Hannah Woodhouse

What Does a Great MAT Do in School Improvement?

Since multi-academy trusts were created, or school trusts as we would now know them, there has been much discussion about what it is that great MATs do...

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Alison Peacock

The Need For a Strong Professional Culture in Teaching – At Every Level of the System

How do people react when you tell them you work in teaching? Do they look at you with respect and admiration, celebrating your work to benefit the future...

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Emma Perkin

Why the Governance Leadership Programme is So Important

At the Spring CST conference on Effective, Accountable and Ethical Governance I was asked for the one piece of advice I would give to a new trustee. My...

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Ciara Campfield

Academy Trusts and the Risks of Insolvency

Academy trusts’ financial circumstances are becoming more challenging and increasing numbers are now seen to be at risk of insolvency. With the fall...

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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”....

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Caroline Whitty

Introduction

Welcome to the May edition of Trust. I am pleased to provide my synopsis of the topics covered in this issue.

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Leora Cruddas

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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Marie Hamer

Trusts in the Driving Seat to Take on the Teacher Retention Crisis

Every trust executive needs to prioritise taking care of their teachers and leaders. The evidence on exit rates shows that we cannot afford not to do ...

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Peter Hyman and Liz Robinson

Why We Need A ‘Big Education’

There are growing numbers of people – teachers, parents, students, employers – who believe that our current education system and the debate around...

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Chris Jones

Hatchet or Scalpel – Developing A Different Narrative

You will not have missed the continuing dialogue concerning challenges in school funding. Impassioned reactions of education leaders and the concerned...

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Emma Knights

The Time To Chair

Chairs of multi academy trusts (MATs) are spending an average of fifty days per year – or approximately one day a week – carrying out the role, recent...

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Nick MacKenzie

Delivering Organisation Results

There is so much that has been written on the subject of clarity of purpose and vision and how that should shape and drive everything done in an organisation...

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Ruth Lowe

Improve Your Accountability Through Positive Parental Engagement

For Multi Academy Trusts, the matter of accountability and transparency remains a growing concern with parents calling for greater clarity on decision-making...

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Ollie Lane

Changing The Narrative – Telling Your Trust’s Story

Once upon a time, schools were schools. Some of them were good, some of them less so. But they were all schools – and they were all called schools, whether...

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Caroline Whitty

Introduction

Welcome to the April edition of Trust. I am pleased to provide my taster of the range of topics we address in this issue.

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Leora Cruddas

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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David Laws

Navigating The Uncertain Political Landscape

As I write this article, UK politics continues to be dominated by Brexit, which is crowding out everything else, and distracting attention from other key...

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Sam Freedman

A System View

Recently we passed a major milestone in the history of English education which, given everything else going on, received relatively little attention. More...

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Dr Peter Kent

As Others See Us

The poet John Donne famously wrote that ‘no man is an island’. In education we can extend that metaphor to say that no school or education system is...

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Roger Inman

SEN Placements in Mainstream Schools: Successful Challenge By Academy Confirms Correct Process To Be Used By Local Authorities

The placement of students with the most extensive Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in mainstream schools continues to be a significant challenge...

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Stef Edwards

Learn-AT Framework for School Improvement

Learn-AT launched in September 2016 – a mixed Church of England and Community multi-academy trust of seven primary schools, all aligned around a vision...

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Tiffany Beck

Key Challenges in MAT Governance

Governance in MATs is an evolving beast – rightfully so, because if it continued to function only as it did before, we’d be doing our schools a disservice....

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Stephen Morales

School Resource Manager Advisors

With the economic crash in 2008 and the government’s subsequent commitment to reduce the national budget deficit, the country has suffered ten years...

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Jesse Johnson

Enabling Trust-Wide Collaboration Through The Use Of Technology

One of the primary roles of MATs is to create a culture of collaboration across the organisation that transcends all levels from the Executive to the frontline...

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Caroline Whitty

Introduction

Welcome to the third edition of Trust the digital professional journal for executive and governance leaders. This publication is one of the many outcomes...

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Leora Cruddas

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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Ian Bauckham CBE

Building Character and Resilience

What gives us character? What makes us resilient? These are two of the questions I look forward to grappling with as I chair the group announced by the...

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Jonathan Simons

Governance at Scale

I won’t pretend to be a governance expert, but I’ve served on the body of an independent school, as the chair of a single Academy trust, now as a chair...

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Kate Dethridge

Supporting the Key Contribution of the School Business Professional

It’s that time of year again when schools are beginning to consider what their curriculum and staffing structures might look like in September. The process...

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David Weston

Leading a Self-Improving Workforce: 3 Great Opportunities for MATs with the New NPQs

As part of a huge swathe of policy on teacher recruitment, retention and development, the government has announced a new suite of National Professional...

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Emma Hughes

The Four Most Common Questions asked about Executive Pay Setting…

Not a day goes by when there isn’t something in the press about executive pay. Whether it’s a piece urging ethical governance or a piece challenging...

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Charis Evans

Improving Governance in Trusts: a Competency Framework to Support Career Development

Strong governance is vital to the success of any organisation and it is essential that those people employed to implement good governance practices in...

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Ian Buss

Fraud in the Education Sector

Throughout 2018, the threat to schools from fraudsters has compounded – not only are schools’ finance teams being targeted through malicious emails...

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Leora Cruddas

Introduction

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

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Dominic Herrington

The Importance of Strong and Resilient MATs

Reminding ourselves of our core purpose in education is undoubtedly one of the most important elements in building a strong and resilient school system....

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Sir David Carter

My ambitions for my new role with Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching

I wanted to join Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching (IfT) for the opportunity to work alongside people I trust and respect. Also...

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Martyn Oliver

Educational Revolution

I am lucky enough that each working day, I get to drive throughout the whole of Teesside, Yorkshire, the Humber region and the East Midlands, beautiful...

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Cal Scutt

Supporting Early Career Teachers: Priorities, Practice and Policy Direction

The challenge the sector faces in teacher recruitment and retention needs little introduction; increasing pupil numbers, fewer teachers joining the profession,...

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Karen Wespieser

Asking the Right Questions: Being the Chief Learner When It Comes to SEND

One of my favourite phrases in leadership is when the CEO of an organisation brushes away the ‘executive’ part of their job title and replaces it with...

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Will Jordan

Striking The Right Balance

Since its earliest days, the academy movement has provoked fierce debate on the merits of centralisation. For some schools, a centralised management model...

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Roger Inman

What Are The Key Legal Challenges That Schools Will Face Over the Coming Months?

A New Year brings with it renewed vigour for the months ahead and that vigour is going to be needed as 2019 is again going to be a busy year for schools....

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Robert McDonough

Introduction

Welcome to the first edition of our Journal for Executive and Governance Leaders. We call it ‘Trust’. We aim for Trust to be a regular, digital, periodical...

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Leora Cruddas

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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Lucy Heller

Why I Believe That A Sector Body Is Necessary

I’ve been around from the beginning of the academy movement. Academies have seen a huge transformation of the system. When we started, academisation...

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Lord Agnew

The Importance of Governance

A new school year presents us with the perfect opportunity to set out priorities and build on existing developments, to ensure every child receives an...

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Steve Hodsman

A Journey In Governance

"Can I borrow your school field please?” That question led to a life in governance locally, regionally and nationally. The trade-off for using the school...

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James Toop

What Does It Take To Lead An Effective MAT?

MATs are still new, complex and evolving in the education sector, which means leaders can often find themselves reacting to what is happening around them;...

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Nick MacKenzie

More Than Compliance

"Governance” is not a word or topic that typically sets the pulse racing. However, we all know that effective governance practice is critical to the...

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