Understanding school cultures

School cultures focus on learning, teaching, and gaining an understanding of 'what we value around here'.

New Zealand articles and resources

What is our School Culture Like? – A Checklist for Analysing a School’s Culture

by Multiple authors

Leaders can use this evaluation tool to help them analyse their own school's culture.

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Creating culturally safe schools for Māori students

by Angus Macfarlane, Ted Glynn, Tom Cavanagh, and Sonja Bateman

This article looks at ways to create culturally safe classrooms in New Zealand schools. It focuses on ways in which teachers and schools can create inclusive environments for Māori students, and reminds us that all students benefit from being in culturally inclusive classrooms.

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New Zealand school stories

Merryn Muir, Selwyn Ridge School.

Selwyn Ridge School

Merryn Muir discusses developing the culture in a new school.

Other resources

School Culture

by Louise Stoll

In this article, Louise Stoll explores the relationship between school culture and school improvement.

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Exploring School Culture

by Jane Turner and Carolyn Crang

This article describes an interactive seminar on school culture held for educational professionals and parents.

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Improving relationships within the schoolhouse

by Roland Barth

This article is a very readable comment on the importance of quality professional relationships among the adults within a school. Roland Barth has considerable experience as a principal and as someone who mentors principals in a leadership programme.

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Best Practice: A Technocrat’s Dream!

by Dean Fink

This article looks at creating school leaders. The author argues that lists for “best practice” to measure school leaders against does not equate to successful leadership. The only kind of practice that principals need to concern themselves with is the kind that contributes to and enhances students learning.

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