The discussion draws on the work of the Australian Institute for Teaching and
School Leadership in school leadership and research by Caldwell and Harris
(2008) to consider ways in which trust is linked to performance in schools and
organisations. It explores the concept of trust as a form of capital available
to schools, and highlights how successful school leaders work to align trust,
strategy and passion in implementing effective change.
At the heart of the review is the relationship between trust and school
improvement. An adapted model of the elements of a culture of trust
developed by Bryk and Schneider in their influential study of trust in school
reform in Chicago is used to frame this aspect of the review. The authors
identify four essential categories of relationships that enable schools to be
described as having a culture of trust. The review concludes with a discussion
of the relationship between trust and school governance.