School Leadership eCollection

Building trusting relationships for school improvement: implications for principals and teachers

Brewster, C; Railsback, J

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Brewster and Railsback explore issues related to building trust in the context of school reform and improvement. The focus is on the development of trusting relationships among teachers and between teachers and their school principals. The booklet examines the concept of trust in schools and how it can influence the improvement of student outcomes, both in terms of social and emotional outcomes and in terms of their academic performance.

The authors critically review the literature to suggest that trust among staff is fundamental to staff collaboration and the success of school reform. Trusting relationships are presented as central to effective school leadership with trusted principals empowering staff, facilitating authentic collaboration and participation and supporting ongoing learning and improvement. [Abstract]