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About Schools Together
Schools Together is supported and maintained by the Independent Schools Council (ISC) in collaboration with the Department for Education and the Independent/State Schools Partnership (ISSP). The Schools Together website was edited by Alex Beynon.
Schools Together has three simple aims:
- to highlight the projects and partnerships which currently exist between independent schools and maintained schools or community groups
- to provide a selection of case studies and best practice guides which add more detail about specific types of existing projects and partnerships so that others interested in setting up similar activities have the support they need
- to encourage and enable more collaboration between schools and within local communities by putting people in touch
If your school would like to add details of your partnerships to Schools Together, please register.
"I would encourage all schools to take steps to engage fully with other schools and with the local community. Wider engagement can only benefit young people and the Schools Together initiative provides an inspiring forum to demonstrate what is possible and help develop the sharing of facilities between schools and across communities."
Lord Moynihan, Minister for Sport 1987-1990.
"If we get it right, there is great benefit for state schools in partnering independent schools. State schools have a great deal to learn about areas such as broader education and strong higher education and careers support, for example. Of course, state schools equally have much to contribute to any state/independent schools partnership, such as innovative approaches to pedagogy. These are examples we have found and there are many others."
Stephen Munday CBE, Chief Executive of the Comberton Academy Trust
"There are many ways schools can demonstrate that they are meeting their charitable objects. Funding bursaries is one of the most common methods but many have also become involved in partnerships. Very often these partnerships have little to do with their charitable status – they arise from good relationships between head teachers in a local area or because a school is an active part of a large group of schools, state and independent."
Barnaby Lenon, Chairman, Independent Schools Council.
“We are in a unique position to demonstrate that the best and most enduring cross-sector collaboration springs from voluntarism and mutuality of purpose.” Leo Winkley, Chairman, Boarding Schools Association.