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High 5 as new netball tournament brings local schools together

Three international Loughborough Lightning stars put girls and boys from 10 Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire state primary schools through their paces as Trent College hosted its first U10 High 5 Netball Tournament on Tuesday 17 January. Ella Gibbons (Scotland), Peace Proscovia (Uganda) and Vanessa Walker (Jamaica) passed on their expert tips during a 45-minute ‘warm up’ training session, before ea …

York school partnership helps pupils make a Breakthrough

Children from across York have come together to answer the question: “What is the greatest breakthrough in human history?” At an Independent State School Partnership (ISSP) event at St Peter’s School, Year 7 pupils from schools around the city heard presentations on fire, numbers, the Enigma Code, the aqueduct, the printing press and the planting of the first seed. From there, pupils from the di …

Thinking of setting up an independent-state school partnership? These 10 Dos and Don’ts might help...

  If you’re looking to set up a new partnership or build up an existing one, there are a few pitfalls to avoid.  Here are some suggestions, compiled from experience and not at all exhaustive or instructive, but might form a useful checklist for colleagues. DO build on an existing link and keep it subject specific (at least at first).  Personal contact is absolutely vital.  You’ll know the peop …

Lord Nash to attend school partnerships event on 16 November

We are delighted to announce that Lord Nash will be attending the 'Better Together' discussion which will be taking place on 16 November. Extra tickets for the event at Westminster School have been released. If you would like to come, please email nia.bozkurt@isc.co.uk stating your role and affiliation.  The programme for the evening has been finalised and is outlined below.  “The How and Why of …

ISA Girls Football Festival

Around 300 girls participated in the recent ISA Girls Football Festival, making it one of the biggest events of FA Girls Football Week. The festival included a visit from the Women's FA Cup. Out of the 300 girls and 28 teams, four state primary schools took part, with Wooden Hill winning the U11 tournament.  During the course of the day, each school had the opportunity to take part in the tourname …

Better Together: a discussion meeting about partnerships on November 16th

School partnerships are getting rather a lot of attention at the moment.  Whether the focus is on grammars, academies, independent or free schools, it is more important than ever for schools to work together to share resources and good ideas. That’s why, earlier this year, it seemed the right time to launch the Schools Together Group.  This is an informal group comprising those in state and indep …