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Steve Rollett

Stronger Together

It is wonderful to be able to write this piece as CST’s Deputy Chief Executive. My only regret is that I’m not doing so in happier times. That said, in the midst of this difficult context, I am so grateful for the way the CST community has welcomed and supported me in these first weeks. Indeed, if school trusts are the manifestation of educators working in partnership, then CST must surely be the meta-partnership of school trusts.

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Leora Cruddas

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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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...

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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...

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Luke Sparkes

A Choice and a Commitment

The premise of Patrick Lencioni’s excellent book, The Advantage, is that the single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organisational health....

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Caroline Whitty

Introduction

Welcome to the new edition of Trust. I am pleased to provide my synopsis of the range of topical subjects covered in this issue.

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Unity Howard

Free Schools – An Integral Part of England’s Education Landscape

In 2010, the coalition Government invited parents, teachers, businesses, charities and existing schools to establish new schools across the country, and...

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Andy Wolfe

Trust is Living Well Together

Reflecting on the word ‘Trust’ – the ‘T’ of our Multi Academy or Single Academy Trust designation – centres our thinking on the importance...

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Amelia Walker

Self-Evaluation and Improvement – A View of the System

So….I used to be responsible for evaluation in Ofsted. I’ll just get that out there before I say any more as it is relevant to virtually everything...

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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