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Schools Partnership Programme

Schools Partnership Programme

Together we are taking part in a nationwide research trial of over 500 schools funded through the EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) to see if a partnership based approach to school improvement , organised through the Schools Partnership Programme,  builds the capacity and capability across schools for self-sustaining school improvement.

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We have joined with the following local schools to form a partnership:

  • Padnell Junior School
  • Purbrook Junior School
  • Clanfield Junior School
  • St Albans Primary
  • Denmead Junior School

This partnership was formed in March 2018 and over the course of the programme will:

  • review in depth an area of each other’s school and practice (twice);
  • undertake bespoke training, following each review (delivered by the ‘Improvement Champions’ within the partnership)
  • Undertake Impact and Support Workshop training organised by SPP
  • meet regularly to review this ongoing process
  • Undergo an evaluation process with a third party (deployed by EEF to measure the outcomes of the programme)

We formulated the following shared goals under the SPP headings for the first year of the programme:

Collaborative school improvement

Culture of Shared responsibility

Open and Transparent systems and processes

Pupil outcomes

A vested interest in each other’s results

Trust in the partnership

Strengths and skills database/spreadsheet

Individual schools have set their own pupil outcomes around the following areas:

Less need to ‘gap’ fill in upper schools

Progress of disadvantaged children

Increased aspirations for all children

Improved behaviours for learning

Peer Review set up and beginning to make a difference

Growth mindsets shared

Individual school improvement priorities shared and an awareness of these

Increase in trust between the schools

Being honest with each other

Time set aside for the partnership to join together as well as whole school staff

Something for all teachers to engage in with the cluster

Take responsibility

To look at a possible shared model for performance management


Understand that this is different from an Ofsted or Hampshire LLRP review for example