Yesterday, Tuesday 21st November, we held our second Quality Leadership And Organisational Culture Event at the Castle Inn Hotel in Bassenthwaite. Over 40 leaders from across our Trust schools and our Central Services Team attended the event, to explore what it means to be an excellent leader and how we can create a powerful leadership culture throughout the Trust.

The event started with a warm welcome from Lorrayne Hughes, Chief Executive, followed by a presentation from Matt Butler, Director of Primary Improvement and Professional Development, titled ‘Good to Great’, which delved into the mechanics of being a great leader to enhance the development of every school, improve student outcomes and support all staff within our Trust.

This was followed by a discussion about Simon Sinek’s ‘The Golden Circle’ model and how this could be applied to the Trust’s culture. Matt dived into detail as to how leaders can cultivate a strong leadership culture; from continuous professional development, global leadership skills that benefit the whole community and how drive and the way we act determines our success.

Next up was guest speaker, Mark Gregory, Regional Director of One World. One World is an education non-profit organisation, which works to improve student learning by developing the next generation of school teachers and leaders. He encouraged all the leaders in the room to look at how different leadership characteristics, such as humility, empathy and integrity, fit into our values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. He spoke passionately about how to co-create CET’s leadership culture, exploring what our culture currently looks like and how we can continue to employ a collaborative culture that creates a fulfilling educational world for our young people, to give them the best possible start in life.

Cate Floyd, Executive Principal, provided some feedback about the event, “There was an empowering sense of collaboration from leaders throughout the Trust. Leadership feels really strong, and the event showed that everyone is passionate about creating and sustaining a consistent, high-quality leadership culture, whilst working together to provide the best possible education for our young people.”

These leadership events will continue throughout the academic year, as Trust leaders continue to create excellence together.