1st Edition

Culture Rules Creating Schools Where Children Want to Learn and Adults Want to Work

By Jo Facer Copyright 2022
    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    School culture is unarguably central to a school’s success or failure. While there is no single "correct" school culture, there are lessons to be learned. Culture Rules examines the factors that create an environment where students want to learn, and adults want to teach.

    Culture Rules explores staff culture, student culture, team building, establishing and maintaining norms inside and outside the classroom, and lessons learned from top-performing schools. By sharing her personal journey in school leadership, Jo Facer:

    • explores the different factors that can affect a school’s culture;

    • considers hot topics such as teacher workload, discipline, marking, CPD and shows how these can influence a school’s culture and success; and
    • includes real case studies to show how schools have developed a strong culture and the impact on performance.

    Full of practical, sustainable ideas for schools to implement in the short and long term, this is essential reading for all school leaders in primary and secondary schools looking to build a great school culture in their organisations.

    Introduction  Part I The Adults  1. How can we recruit the right teachers?  2. How can we make a school where teachers stay for the long term?  3. How can we develop teachers?  4. How can we reduce workload?  Part II The Children  5. How can we help our children lead fulfilled lives?  6. How can we help children cope with negativity?  7. How can we teach our children to be polite?  8. How can we help our children value education?  Part III Culture Change  9. Why can school cultures decline?  10. How can schools improve their culture?  Part IV Case Studies


    Jo Facer is the principal of Ark John Keats Academy in London, and the author of Simplicity Rules, published by Routledge in 2019.