Best Practice

The case for school to school collaboration

School improvement
Is collaboration between schools the secret to educational success? And what makes for a successful partnership between schools? Chris Smith considers the importance of working together.

As the new school term starts to kick into gear, I find myself looking back to the festive period that has just passed. To be precise, to 2:30pm on Christmas Eve as I meandered merrily to the station, my mind filled only with the lashings of gravy and festive cheer that await me two hours down the line.

And then I see my train. Hordes of commuters queue outside the carriages jostling to get on. Cancellations and delays mean that this is pretty much the only train and everyone wants to get on it. The chances of reaching my reserved seat seem as unlikely as making it home.

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