How can schools create a culture to enable their staff to excel? David Weston considers six strategies to achieve great staff motivation and development

We all strive for a positive work climate in our schools, but it is hard to achieve. When we can get it right, teachers and other school staff are more likely to stay, to engage and to be effective.

I spend lots of time working with school leaders who are ambitious and development-minded, helping them to put together this vital piece of the school effectiveness puzzle.

These schools, as members of our Teacher Development Trust Network, commit to creating – as the latest Ofsted descriptor for “outstanding” puts it – “a culture that enables staff to excel” where “leaders ensure that the school has a motivated, respected and effective teaching staff”. Here are six key strategies that we have seen which can contribute to making this happen effectively.

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