Get involved

Find a partner school

Successful projects and partnerships are nearly always formed as a result of enthusiastic school leaders seeing an opportunity and being committed to doing what they can to lead a successful project or partnership.

Feeling inspired? Then why not contact other schools in your area to discuss ideas. School contact details can be found using Edubase, which is the DfE's register of educational establishments, as well as the ISC School Search which can be used to find ISC independent schools.

What to consider before starting a new partnership

Request or offer support

If your school would like help in finding a partner, or would like to offer support or partnership, then please contact:

Department for Education, System Partnerships Unit
0207 654 6355

The System Partnerships unit will:

  • Help independent schools assess their skills and expertise, enabling the creation of successful partnerships.
  • Work directly with the independent sector and help to run events to share information and good practice.

More information on the Systems Partnerships Unit can be read here:

  • Leaflet on independent and stats schools working together
Become a school Governor

SGOSS – Governors for Schools is the governor recruitment charity funded by the Department of Education. They help schools find skilled and experienced volunteers to become school governors and help drive school improvement. SGOSS work both for those looking to become involved in this worthy voluntary role and for schools looking for candidates to fill their vacancies. 

To become a school governor you do not need to know anything about education or have any specific qualifications. In fact some of the most important attributes are enthusiasm and a willingness to make a difference! Find out more here:

Take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS)

National Citizen Service (NCS) is the country’s flagship youth development programme available to all 16 and 17 year olds. It is a part-residential experience focused around fun and discovery, with 30 hours committed to a local community project. Young people work in diverse teams of twelve to fifteen, building skills for work and life, taking on exciting challenges, making new friends, and contributing to their community. The programme runs outside of term time with most young people taking part in the summer holidays post-GCSE. Government funding means young people pay no more than £50 to take part, with bursaries available for young people unable to meet the cost.

Students from schools within a local area are mixed up into the NCS teams, giving participants the chance to try out new experiences alongside new friends.

If you would like students at your school to take part in NCS, email and we will put you in touch with your local provider.