Support for schools when considering forming partnerships
The Camden Education Strategy sets out a vision for a “collaborating and federating system”. Camden believes that schools are stronger and more effective if they work in partnership.
As a joint enterprise between Camden Schools and Camden Council, Camden Learning is committed to supporting Camden schools to foster effective partnership work between each other that improves outcomes for children and young people and to ensure a degree of system coherence so that the partnerships established today provide a sound bedrock for future sustainability.
School partnership can take many forms. In Camden the decision on how and with whom to partner rests with the leadership and governance of the individual schools, but Camden Learning offers support and materials to actively facilitate this process.
The following have been produced in collaboration with Camden Schools to support and facilitate the formation of school partnerships.
- An ongoing series of sessions for school leaders and governors outlining the role of system leaders and the practicalities of forming school partnerships book here.
- An interactive school map showing contextual data and geographical locations to support schools seeking to form partnerships has been provided to all schools.
- A register of current Camden school headteachers who have an interest in opportunities to become future system leaders. Expression of interest.
- A toolkit of supporting resources for use by schools when considering and forming a partnership, such as template MOUs, resource sharing agreements etc.
- A research report outlining the current context of developing structural partnerships to support schools download here. You can see the Camden council response to the report here and a position statement on partnerships here.
- Camden Learning has also committed to support all Camden schools who are considering forming a partnership by providing support that helps introduce or broker partnerships based on system intelligence, also support initial scoping / vision generation discussions where this is requested by schools. This support can be requested in the first instance by contacting the school allocated Camden Professional Partner or by contacting the Camden Learning CEO, Stephen Hall directly.
We will undertake direct approaches to schools where partnerships options are considered likely to enhance quality and promote sustainability and keep a watching brief to ensure emerging partnerships are likely to enhance quality and promote sustainability and so that all schools that wish to engage have an avenue to do so.
For more information and support, please contact: Customersupport@camdenlearning.org.uk