Schools wanting to join forces to share expertise and raise standards can use new guidance produced by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the National Governors’ Association and education lawyers Browne Jacobson.

Launched in the House of Commons last week, “Forming or Joining a Group of Schools: staying in control of your school’s destiny” spells out the benefits and types of collaboration, as well as outlining how schools go about it. The guidance is aimed at senior leaders and governors.

ASCL president Allan Foulds said: “Headteachers and governors welcome collaborative approaches that enrich the lives and learning of young people. Signposting the possibilities of grouping schools together enables a truly profession-led response.”

The launch was hosted by chair of the education select committee, Neil Carmichael, who said he was “delighted to welcome this guide to the benefit of federations and multi-academy trusts.

“Such working creates greater choice for pupils but also for professional development of leadership and teachers.”

Click here to download the guide.


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