Education Committee - Fourth Report
School Partnerships and Cooperation

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 30 October 2013.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

Background to the inquiry

Our inquiry

Evidence base of our inquiry

Background information

Legal structure underpinning formal partnerships

Looser collaboration and school-to-school support

2 Potential for school collaboration

School collaboration for school improvement

Importance of mutual benefit

Competition and collaboration

Evidence of impact

3 Diversity and desirable features

Diversity of models

Families of schools

Geographical coherence

4 Incentivising partnerships


School accountability measures

Financial incentives

Funding for Teaching Schools

Independent State School Partnerships

5 Coordinating collaboration

The middle tier and the new role of local authorities

Strategic oversight

Role of advisers

6 Academies and collaboration

Inspection of academy chains

Moving on from partnerships

Monitoring converter academies

7 Conclusion

Formal Minutes


List of printed written evidence

List of additional written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Oral and written evidence

Wednesday 19 June 2013: Sir David Carter, Executive Principal, Cabot Learning Federation, Bristol, Peter Maunder, Headteacher, Oldway Schoool, Paignton, Mervyn Wilson, Chief Executive, The Co-operative College, and Leo Winkley, Headmaster, St Peter’s School, York; Dr John Dunford, Education Consultant, Dr Caroline Kenny, Research Officer, SSRU, Institute of Education, London, James O’Shaughnessy, former Deputy Director, Policy Exchange, and David Sims, Research Director, National Foundation for Educational Research

Wednesday 3 July 2013: Professor David Woods CBE, former Principal National Challenge Adviser for England, Professor St George Berwick CBE, Chief Executive, Challenge Partners, Sean Harford, Regional Director for East of England, Ofsted, and Kirston Nelson, Assistant Director of Education, Wigan Council; Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, and Andrew McCully, Director General, Infrastructure and Funding, Department for Education

Written evidence

Additional written evidence (unprinted)

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