A guide has been launched in the House of Commons for schools which want to join forces to share expertise, improve both the curricula and extra-curricula offer to pupils and further raise standards. Further information is available here and the guide can be downloaded from the Guidance section of the SASGB website.
It is aimed at senior leaders and governors and spells out the benefits and types of collaboration, as well as the steps they need to take to form a group of schools accountable to one governing board. More than half of academies are now part of multi-academy trusts, and maintained schools are coming together in federations.
Collaboration gives schools the opportunity to provide staff with more opportunities and professional development; work together to tackle recruitment shortages; use their combined buying power to negotiate discounts on equipment and other resources, and share expertise to support one another and tackle challenges.
An increasing body of evidence shows that strong collaboration combined with joint accountability can lead to better progress and attainment for pupils and help schools meet rising expectations.
The guide is called Forming or Joining a Group of Schools: staying in control of your school’s destiny. It is produced by the Association of School and College Leaders, the National Governors’ Association and education lawyers Browne Jacobson.