Get involved

Setting up school partnerships

The Systems Partnerships Unit at The DfE has released information for schools and universities on sharing expertise and resources, to improve educational outcomes and opportunities for young people. Their resources can be found here.

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 on the 'Get Information About Schools' site, 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
Should you prefer to make contact via phone, please email your name, school, and phone number to and they will contact you

The System Partnerships unit will:

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

Become a school Governor

Governors for Schools exists to improve educational standards so that children and young people have the chance to realise their full potential. They aim to provide excellent recruitment, placement and training services for skilled and committed people to be highly effective governors and trustees of schools and multi-academy trusts. If you are interested in becoming a school Governor you can apply through their website, 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.