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About ISSP - Independent/State Schools Partnership

ISSP, the Independent/State Schools Partnership Forum, used to meet termly at the Department for Education with the Secretary of State for Schools. This Forum comprised representatives from both sectors who seek to promote cross-sector working of all kinds. The Chair of the Independent/State Schools Partnership Forum was Deborah Leek-Bailey OBE.

The group has now developed into an Oversight Board ISSPOB.

In 2015, Lord Nash provided a grant to seed-fund 17 ISSP projects that support 100 schools across the UK. These helped to build momentum for similar UK-wide projects.

The funding also enabled Schools Together to be developed. This website enables schools to demonstrate their partnership working, encouraging others to join in and to develop similar collaborative projects.