Vision and strategy: developing a culture of inclusion and safety

Find out how to take your first steps in discussing unconscious bias and sexual abuse confidently as a governing board, so you can help develop a school culture where everyone feels included and safe. Get advice on how to deliver your vision away day this year to get the ball rolling.

Last reviewed on 24 June 2022
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  1. A well-crafted vision is key to establishing an inclusive culture
  2. First steps
  3. Away day: develop your vision and strategy
  4. Distil into a vision statement and refine your strategy
  5. Send the draft to staff, parents and pupils
  6. What your next steps can look like in practice

Thanks to our associate education experts, Tony Cook, Audrey Pantelis, Andrew Chubb, Julia Skinner, Ray Gold and Lorraine Petersen for their help with this article.

A well-crafted vision is key to establishing an inclusive culture

It's been a year since mass protests erupted in the Black Lives Matter movement and upsetting revelations of sexual assault in schools broke from the Everyone's Invited scandal. And schools continue to be buffeted as they receive an influx of Ukrainian children fleeing the war. It's never been more important for schools to work to create safer, more inclusive cultures.

Instead, a vision which challenges unconscious bias will underpin a culture which addresses