Lekha Sharma

Building Culture

"Building Culture" by Lekha Sharma is an essential guide for school leaders seeking to improve pupil outcomes through the development of a positive school culture. Letha, using her extensive experience as a senior leader, bridges the gap between theoretical knowledge and its practical application within educational settings. The book delves into various psychological principles beyond cognitive psychology, offering insights into how leaders can harness these to foster environments conducive to learning and growth. 

One of the book's strengths is its ability to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Sharma not only provides a framework for understanding the components of an effective school culture but also offers practical strategies for leaders to implement these ideas. This is not a book of abstract theories; it is a manual for transformation, grounded in the realities of school life. Through a series of case studies and real-life examples, Sharma illustrates how subtle shifts in leadership approach and school ethos can have profound impacts on student engagement, motivation, and achievement.

"Building Culture" challenges school leaders to reflect on their own practices and consider how they can actively shape the culture of their schools. Sharma argues convincingly that culture is not a by-product of educational processes but a foundational element that underpins every aspect of school life. From the relationships between staff and students to the ways in which learning is valued and celebrated, every facet of a school's operation contributes to its culture.

What does HeadteacherChat think:

It's a comprehensive resource that encourages reflection on the 'how' of leadership, providing actionable strategies for cultivating a school culture that supports both teachers and pupils.