Co-operating with other Schools
All schools already cooperate with other schools in one way or another and it would be understandable if it was felt that having a separate section of this website dedicated to ‘working together’ is unnecessary.
The reason for covering this in so much depth is that with the development of academies and the resulting loss of Local Authority support, there is a greater need for schools to support each other and work together. It is unlikely that the DFE will allow the creation of a single primary school academy trust except under exceptional circumstances.
It has become clear that many schools feel they are too small to successfully convert to academy status. Other schools are not strong enough educationally to be acceptable as Single School Academy converters but do not wish to hand over control to a sponsor.
Diocese of Chelmsford schools have three options available as detailed in the document 'Diocese of Diocese of Chelmsford schools have three options available as detailed in the document 'Diocese of Chelmsford Academy Guidance in a Nutshell'' which are:
Join the Diocesan Vine Schools Multi-Academy Trust.
Join an existing church school-led MAT or create one with an existing church school academy.
Create a new church school-led MAT.
- Mutual Support
- Mutual Challenge
- Shared good practice
- Sharing vision, planning & strategy
- Set up Joint committees to share governance/management
- Share staff and possibly appoint staff to undertake tasks for all schools in the trust.
- Common procurement (cost savings?)
- Staff Development benefits from using staff strengths across all schools
- Improved monitoring of standards?
If collaboration is possible the schools concerned will need to consider which type of trust they want to set up; this discussion must include the diocese.