Carolyn Taylor’s book Walking the Talk (Random House, 2005) explains culture in terms of three useful manifestations; behaviours, symbols and systems. Useful because they can be listed, described and included in school-based policies.

The biggest influence on a school's culture is the behaviour of its leaders. The links below lead to examples of each aspect of culture.

Beliefs & attitudes

(What we do)

(What you see)

(Our guidance)

The 3 nested cultures

In this model, the core culture of high efficacy and development is nurtured by the culture of high morale which, in turn, is protected by the culture of trust & safety. Follow the links below to learn more about each culture.