Keven Bartle

Headteacher, Canons High School

Session

The Chaos of Coalition: Trust, Vulnerability and Interdependence in Schools

Drawing upon theoretical and empirical studies, this session will explore the often messy issue of trust in schools and how it offers a ‘best bet’ for creating the necessary conditions for sustainable school improvement. The session will outline the findings of research by Bryk & Schneider, Tschannen-Moran, Hoy and Goddard et al. In doing so, I will suggest that far from being at the ‘soft’ end of the evidence base, trust is a necessary component of successful schools and creates the ‘operating system’ in which the ‘apps’ of potentially transformative clinical interventions can take root.

Bio

Keven is the Headteacher of Canons High School, a proudly vibrant multicultural school community in Harrow, NW London. He advocates a managerial philosophy of “look after the staff and the staff will look after the students” and tries to convince other SLT members to do the same on twitter as @kevbartle and via his dailygenius.wordpress.com blog site.