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 School Partnerships" 

5.00 Arrival and refreshments

5.30 Deborah Leek-Bailey (meeting chair): welcome and introductions

5.40 Lord Nash introduction: The Importance of School Partnerships

5.50 Questions for Lord Nash

6.00 Martin Robinson, guest speaker

6.15 Panel: 5 minutes each on the “How and Why of School Partnerships”

6.30 Questions and discussion from the floor

7.00 Thank you from Christina Astin & invitation to drinks

7.30 End of event


IntroductionLord Nash, Under-Secretary of State for the School System

ChairDeborah Leek-Bailey, adviser to Lord Nash and chair of ISSP Forum 

SpeakerMartin Robinson, author Trivium 21st Century


Jonathan Taylor, ex-headteacher Bootham’s School, York

Alex Galvin, senior education lead, SSAT

Joan Deslandes, headteacher Kingsford Community School, Newham

ThanksChristina Astin (Chair, Schools Together Group), Head of Partnerships The King’s School, Canterbury.

Better Together: Background information

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 independent schools who are responsible for coordinating inter-school partnerships and our mission statement is:

This inaugural event is open to anyone with an interest in inter-school partnerships from state or independent sectors, including school leaders and those responsible for coordinating multi-school or community partnerships across all key stages.

Venue: The event will take place at Westminster School, Little Smith St, London SW1P 3PF.

If you would like to come, please email nia.bozkurt@isc.co.uk stating your role and affiliation.

The chair of the Schools Together Group, Christina Astin, would be delighted to hear from you if you’d like to be included in future mailings and meetings: cma@kings-school.co.uk.

About the author

Christina Astin is Head of Partnerships at The King’s School, Canterbury.