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5 February 2019
Deepening Our Roots: The 2019 Book Club

Deepening Our Roots: The 2019 Book Club

School leaders across Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucester, and Swindon are taking part in The White Horse Federation's annual book club.

This year's theme, 'Deepening Our Roots', asks school leaders to challenge their assumptions about what it means to be a values-based organisation, to interrogate their individual understanding of values in pursuit of a common consensus, and to develop a shared lexicon in support of a harmonious approach to curriculum design and delivery.

Nick Capstick OBE, CEO of The White Horse Federation, said: "Last year, The White Horse Federation grew to welcome several new schools into the fold. As our community of educators continues to expand, there is no better time to reaffirm our founding values and truly clarify what is meant by being a values-based organisation."

"Through rigorous and lively discussion of select texts, whose themes encompass values in life's many broad contexts, our school leaders will closely examine the defining principles of our organisation and consider how best to enshrine them in working practise, so that we live and breathe the ideals we uphold."

What We're Reading

This year's book club features a variety of texts selected by school leaders with the common theme of values. The books being discussed include:

  • Legacy: What The All Blacks Can Teach Us About The Business of Life (James Kerr)
  • Talent Architects: How to Make Your School a Great Place to Work (Mandy Coalter)
  • What if Everything You Knew About Education Was Wrong? (David Didau)
  • Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders (L. David Marquet)
  • When the Adults Change, Everything Changes: Seismic Shifts in School Behaviour (Paul Dix)
  • This Much I Know About Love Over Fear: Creating a Culture for Truly Great Teaching (John Temsett)

The Deepening Our Roots Conference

The White Horse Federation's 2019 book club will culminate in the Deepening Our Roots conference, where school leaders will attend a series of workshops to discuss this year's chosen texts and apply their insight to improving working methods across the federation.

The conference will open with a framing speech by Nick Capstick, followed by a keynote speech by Josh Connolly, a spokesperson for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and an experienced speaker on the topic of overcoming obstacles and achieving greatness.

The annual White Horse Federation book club and conference are just some of the ways our trust works to put our ideals into practise and ensure that our values are not just spoken about, but are consistently upheld through our work and actions.

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