Richard Harman, headmaster of Uppingham School and former chairman of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC), encouraged schools to share details of their partnership work on the ISSP Schools Together in a keynote speech addressing the IPDE Bursaries Conference last week. Praising the initiative, he said:
"I encourage you to make sure that all of your partnership work is represented in your own communications, online and otherwise and also on the ISC Schools Together website. This is a tool that has been developed to showcase the diversity of those projects. I know from my own experience that the website can be a bit clunky to use, but the effort is important as it’s a collective shop window for independent schools’ partnership work and is an important way to combat the poverty of information on which some of our policy-makers and opinion-formers seem to base their attitudes. Good case studies and evidence on the website, of projects we are doing will enrich the debate in our favour; it’s part of our need to better educate the public, beyond our own parent and alumni bodies, about the wider value of our engagement beyond our walls. We know how much we do; others need to be told clearly as well. So I do encourage Heads and Development Directors, if you haven’t already done so, to make sure your school is represented on this as well as your own site."