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Brigantia Learning Trust

CEO Blog – July 2022




“Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change.” Richard Branson


Professor John P Kotter, the internationally recognised thought leader on change and leadership summarises the change management process in eight critical steps. He explains that real change runs deep and quick wins are only the beginning of what needs to be done to achieve long-term change. This we wholeheartedly concur with at Brigantia Learning Trust as we go through a whole trust transformation.


A summary of the 8-step process for leading change will be our checklist:

  1. Create a sense of urgency: the recent White Paper (albeit with revisions), the needs of our students, staff and community and the major opportunities ahead are our driving force.
  2. Form a guiding coalition: the senior leaders within our academies along with the central team feel empowered to become a strong, high-performing MAT.
  3. Develop a vision and strategy: our vision to help us direct change is clear - Creating excellence together, through a culture of care. Our mission is to improve the life chances and secure social mobility and justice for children and young people, and their families within the communities we serve. We will achieve this by providing an outstanding 2-19 learning journey for local children. 
  4. Communicate the vision: we will be using every vehicle and channel possible to communicate and cascade our vision and strategies, and role model the behaviour expected of our staff and students.
  5. Empower others to act on the vision: we will have an obsession with standards and our model of school improvement will be shared consistently but will evolve continually. We will be constantly talent spotting, investing in professional development and building capacity in advance of need.
  6. Generate short term wins: we will not only create those ‘wins’ but visibly recognise and reward people who make the wins possible.
  7. Consolidate gains and produce more change: our step by step processes will ensure that our structures and policies fit with the vision and reinvigorate the process with new projects and themes, including: reading strategy; knowledge organisers; feedback policy; behaviour policy and trust culture.
  8. Institute change: in order to build the change momentum we will monitor and review on a regular basis ensuring new behaviours, organisational success, leadership development and succession.

Adapted from John P. Kotter, 1996, Leading Change, Harvard Business Review Press.


Our values, the principles by which the Brigantia Learning Trust abides, are an integral part of our vision and culture: Ambition, Care, Confidence, Creativity, Integrity and Respect. Our backronym will refocus and energise our academies:

Bold leadership at every level as individuals and system-wide

Relentless drive for excellent standards throughout

Impact positively on the life chances for all

Guarantee to students/pupils to provide high quality teaching & learning

Accessibility for children and young people regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and need

No barriers; no excuses to achieving success

Totally committed to recruit, retain and develop outstanding and committed staff

Integrity by placing the children and young people at the heart of the trust

Aspirational for all


This is an exciting time in our history as we embrace organisational transformation for the benefits of our young people, families, staff and the communities we serve.

To find out more about our plans for the future and the transformation happening in our academies download a copy of our latest newsletter here or visit our website: Welcome to Brigantia Learning Trust - Brigantia Trust