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Creating a self-improving school and the right environment for your staff to thrive

How can school leaders create a culture of professional development and an environment in which all staff can thrive? David Weston describes five steps toward a self-improving school.

Every school leader wants to create an environment in which staff members are thriving. However, the endless pressure of accountability, new regulations and the everyday challenges of school life can easily drive top-down management with teachers feeling over-burdened rather than supported.

Below are some key principles for creating an aligned, positive culture of powerful professional development where children succeed and teachers thrive. I draw upon some examples seen in schools within the National Teacher Enquiry Network (NTEN).

Change is a time-consuming process, and spare time is something that is a rare commodity in schools. Creating space in the work schedule for professional alignment and learning is vital if you want to make any progress and take staff with you.

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