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Cultivating your culture

Governing Matters
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Emma Knights, chief executive, explores the concept of culture in your school and the difference it makes to staff and learners, for better or for worse.

There is no better time for your board to return to the conversation of your school or trust culture.

The six months since the sad death of Ruth Perry, the headteacher awaiting the publication of a poor Ofsted report, have been dominated by discussion of the culture of fear within schools, created by the accountability framework, particularly inspection. Clearly there are major sector-wide influences on your school culture, but we must not forget that the board also has huge power and influence here.

“The board should foster a common culture, values and ethos across the whole organisation, ensuring it is reflected consistently in both its policies and its practices.”

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