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School leadership: trust has to come from the top

A climate of mutual confidence among staff is essential for a school to run smoothly, says headteacher Ruth Luzmore, but an example of trustworthiness has to be set from the top

Leadership teams need trust - and that has to come from the top, writes Ruth Luzmore

There are some facts that you can always trust to be true: the sun will rise every day (at least for the next few billion years); three times four equals 12; and the Department for Education will publish some new piece of guidance requiring urgent attention during the school holidays, when the last thing you want to be thinking about is teaching.

We all need a certain level of trust in our lives. And having a climate of trust is particularly essential in schools, where staff must be able to pull together and rely on one another to make sure that whole-school policies operate effectively, that ...

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