The School Partnerships Handbook: A practical approach to making partnerships work


Offer Price£89.00
Secondary, Post-16
Dec 2011


School collaboration and partnership is the future.
It may even be the key to your school's survival.

Whether you are an outstanding secondary school aspiring to Teaching School status, an academy converter, or a small primary school seeking the benefits of economies of scale, partnership with other schools has huge benefits.  As local authorities continue to retreat, increasingly schools need to rely on each other to provide mutual support and challenge and to maximise value from scarce resources.

But where do you start? How do partnerships work? What are your options? How do you build up the essential trust? And how do you assess and evaluate the impact of your partnership when it is up and running? Who pays for what? What about safeguarding? The questions are many and complex.

The School Partnerships Handbook is a practical and relevant resource for headteachers, leadership teams, school business managers and other professionals involved in the development of partnerships between schools. Each chapter includes a number of proformas and templates, including job descriptions, partnership protocols, briefing papers for governing bodies, examples of articles of governance, safeguarding schedules and timetable solutions.

This highly practical resource is relevant to all schools and includes specific information for secondary schools, sixth form centres, academies and further education colleges. The School Partnerships Handbook will provide your school with the information and resources it needs to create and maintain successful partnerships.

All printable resources, information pages and templates are included on an attached files.


The School Partnerships Handbook is a comprehensive resource that:

  • Supports staff to understand the importance of school partnerships
  • Encourages you to get more out of your current school partnerships
  • Provides practical and relevant resources to develop school partnerships
  • Encourages schools to look beyond the traditional forms of partnership
  • Raises awareness of the valuable contribution that partnerships can make to a school.

Summary of contents

The aim of this handbook is to provide advice on forming partnerships, developing partnerships so that they can become sustainable even after the departure of key staff, and how to reinvigorate an existing partnership if it has become stale.

The School Partnerships Handbook will enable you to:

  • engage staff in actively developing and reviewing your school’s partnership policy
  • provide an overview of basic information and key points relating to establishing a partnership
  • use this practical resource as a handy reference guide
  • use the handbook to check your practice meets required legislative recruitment standards
  • develop personal reflection and your own views on partnership best practice.

Chapter breakdown

Section 1: The Foundations of School Partnerships

The first section of this book provides an introduction on how partnerships can be formed and the different types of school partnerships which exist.

1.1 Overview of school partnerships from the past to the present
1.2 The different types of school partnerships
1.3 The need for school partnerships
1.4 Are headteachers natural collaborators? What is the impact of school competition on the nature of partnerships?

Section 2: Forming Partnerships

The second section of this handbook concentrates on the early days of a partnership, from its inception to recruiting staff into necessary positions.

2.1 The leadership styles required to form a partnership
2.2 How to overcome obstacles and resistance to partnership working
2.3 Developing a partnership protocol
2.4 Different leadership structures under which partnerships can operate
2.5 Staff roles within a partnership
2.6 Recruiting for partnership roles

Section 3: Developing a Partnership

Section 3 looks at the next stage of the collaboration and concentrates on how secondary schools, sixth form centres and FE colleges can deliver a broad curriculum and continue to support each other, together with advice for academies in forming supportive partnerships with other local schools.

3.1 Partnership models (examples of partnerships which are currently operating and what they are hoping to achieve)
3.2 Working in partnership to support other schools
3.3 Developing CPD across a partnership
3.4 Partnership promotion and parental liaison.
3.5 Timetabling
3.6 Safeguarding (including travel and attendance monitoring)
3.7 Reporting and assessment
3.8 Partnership costings
3.9 Staff communication across a partnership

Section 4: Sustaining and Reinvigorating a Partnership

The fourth section of this book considers how schools can sustain existing partnerships and also how to reinvigorate partnerships that are fading.

4.1 How to deal with conflict or apathy in a partnership
4.2 Quality assurance and self evaluation across a partnership
4.3 Celebrating success across the partnership

Section 5: Information and Resources

This section contains links and references to further information and resources.


Enhanced PDF - 250 pages

Accompanied by 34 adaptable templates in Microsoft Word and PDF formats


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