The starting position for any board’s journey to find a suitable partner is clarity about the reasons why a school wants to move into partnership working.
Governing boards need to consider what they will gain by working within a partnership and any outcomes that cannot be achieved working on their own. In some cases, schools will have much to bring to a formal partnership arrangement but will receive very different, perhaps less obvious, benefits in return.
Once maintained schools decide that they wish to work in a formal partnership they need to register their interest with the Local Authority. Schools may also wish to discuss partnership or a potential partnership with their linked school improvement adviser and where appropriate with the Diocese.