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Peter Collison

Digital Assessment in Trusts and their Schools

Digital technologies have been a saviour for many Trusts and their schools throughout the pandemic. With lessons over Zoom, collaboration work via Google Meet and Microsoft Teams and the creation of The Oak National Academy, to name just a few. Now that the vaccine roll-out is underway and we’re on an 'irreversible path' out of lockdown however, it begs the question: has COVID-19 been the catalyst to a much more digitally-enabled education system, or a passing fad? We have come so far that I believe this adoption of EdTech will (and should) be a lasting legacy.

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Cait Cooper

Mentally Healthy Schools: Opening up Conversations about Mental Health

The pandemic, and successive lockdowns, will have impacted on children and young people’s mental health in a number of significant ways. They may have...

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Steve Rollett

Introduction

It’s a privilege to welcome you to this latest version of Trust Journal. As you will see, once again we have another edition packed full of thoughtful...

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Leora Cruddas

An Overview of Current Reforms - and the Case for Unprecedented Collaboration and New Forms of Leadership

This is a significant moment in the history of education in England. The policy reforms that are about to be implemented will shift the strategic picture....

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By Sara Collins and Richard Dunne

Children Need Nature Now

Whilst COVID-19 caused us all to pause and radically changed our lives, many people rediscovered the power of being outside in nature.

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John Camp

Together we're Stronger

The Compass Partnership is a group of seven schools; six primaries and one all-through special school. As a group, we have existed since 2011 and have...

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Vanessa Ogden

Education for a Changing World: Lessons from the Pandemic and the Power of Virtual Learning

‘This school is not the million bricks, but the thousand hearts who carry more dreams than the night sky has stars.’ Anonna, Year 7, January 2021 taken...

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Leora Cruddas

Introduction

This edition of Trust is about building the future together.

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By Peter Fonagy and Jaime Smith

Wellbeing: The Impact of the Pandemic and what Schools can do to Support Mental Health

In the wake of the pandemic, wellbeing has become something of a buzzword. This may seem paradoxical given the circumstances seem to be shrinking the possibility...

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Steve Rollett

Introduction

Welcome to this December edition of Trust, which is the final edition of 2020. In some ways it would be nice to describe this as a bookend to what has...

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Stuart Burns

The System: Some Reflections

40 years ago, I received an A-grade for my Y5 school holiday project on "The Solar System”, which reflected my early promise as a knowledge-rich analyst...

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Rowena Hackwood

A Leadership Baptism of Fire

Starting a new leadership role is an exciting challenge at any time – but how does it feel to have taken up a new CEO role during lockdown and the subsequent...

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Mandy Coalter, LLB, FCIPD

Learning the Post-Lockdown Lessons of a More Agile Workforce

Back in February this year, I was physically present at a meeting with several HR colleagues from academy trusts. We were discussing the challenge of...

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Sharon Hague

Journeying Through a ‘New Normal’ Together

It would be fair to say that Covid-19 has turned education on its head.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 sec...

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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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Caroline Whitty

Introduction

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...

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Rebecca Boomer-Clark & Mark Gregory

The Work of School Improvement at Scale – Learning Lessons From The US

At the beginning of the original Academies Programme many curious school leaders looked across the Atlantic to learn from the US Charter schools movement,...

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Emma Hughes

Two Things Boards and Executive Teams Should Be Working on Together

Like every organisation, school trusts are made up of lots of different teams. Whilst the board and the executive are teams within their own right, they...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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