1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice

Leadership webinar: how independent and state schools can work together (video and webchat)

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by AndrewFIS, May 26, 2016.

  1. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Can independent and state schools really work together? If so, how?

    As part of the TES Leadership webinar series, I’ll be putting your questions to Julie Robinson, general secretary of the Independent Schools Council.

    We will examine the key ways in which both can benefit.

    Post your questions below now - and, if you can, join in our live webchat on June 21 at 4.30pm.

    Before that, you can watch a video we’ve made in which Julie and I discuss the issues, with key advice for school leaders.

    1920x1080-leadership-video-still-v2.jpg

    To access all the videos in the TES Leadership series, plus an exclusive database of grants available to schools, become a TES Leadership subscriber.
     
  2. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Hi,

    Don't forget to post your questions here ahead of the webchat on June 21 or you can post them during the discussion.

    Thank you.
     
  3. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Good afternoon and welcome to the sixteenth webchat in our series of discussions aimed at school leaders.

    In a few moments I will hand you over to Andrew, who is editor of FIS, who will be hosting this week's hour-long webchat.

    Andrew and this week's guest, leadership expert panel member Julie Robinson, general secretary of the Independent Schools Council, who will be available for the next hour to answer your questions on how independent and state schools can work together.

    If you have any questions please submit them below. Don't worry if we run out of time, any unanswered questions will be responded to and posted on this thread later this week.

    I'll now hand you over to Andrew.



    The content of, and information provided in, the TES Leadership webchats and their associated materials (including information posted in these forums in connection with the webchats) (the “Content”) is provided for general information purposes only. Any use you make of, or reliance you place on, the Content is entirely at your own risk. Professional or specialist advice, tailored to your specific circumstances, should always be obtained before taking (or refraining from) any action on the basis of the Content.

    Whilst TES Global and the panel of leadership experts make every effort to ensure the high quality and accuracy of the Content, TES Global and each leadership expert makes no representation or warranty (express or implied) concerning the Content. Neither TES Global nor any leadership expert will be responsible for any damage or loss related to any use of the Content.

    Neither TES Global, nor any leadership expert, seeks to restrict or exclude any liability they may have for death or personal injury arising through negligence, liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or for any liability to the extent that, by law, it cannot be restricted or excluded.

    Please click here for full Terms and Conditions which apply to all TES Global’s websites.
     
  4. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Hello and welcome to this webchat on how independent and state schools can work together more closely. Joining me is Julie Robinson, general secretary of the Independent Schools Council and former headteacher. For those of you following this thread, please feel free to post your query. Remember to refresh your page to see the updates as they appear.

    Thanks for joining us, Julie.

    What are the main benefits of the state and independent sectors working together more closely?
     
  5. Julie_Robinson

    Julie_Robinson New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Thank you, Andrew.
    The main benefits are the sharing of good practice and economies of scale. Most schools are finding that collaboration is valuable and the development of relationships between schools leads to intended and unintended benefits.
     
  6. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    And what are those intended and unintended benefits?
     
  7. Julie_Robinson

    Julie_Robinson New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    The projects themselves help to disseminate policies and best practice. Along the way, teachers develop good working relationships and this leads to further collaboration.
     
  8. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    The government is urging the independent sector to "do more" to support the state sector. Isn't there an implication here that the state sector is less effective? Do you agree?
     
  9. Julie_Robinson

    Julie_Robinson New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    The implication is unwelcome because there isn’t any intention to portray partnership as a one way street. The best partnerships are mutually beneficial. There’s a tendency to report one-way support but that is patronising and unhelpful when in reality everyone has strengths and everyone has something to learn.
     
  10. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    You have created the website www.schoolstogether.org to promote projects between independent and state schools. What is the thinking behind this venture?
     
  11. Julie_Robinson

    Julie_Robinson New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    It is intended to showcase, encourage and inspire school partnerships of various kinds, raising awareness of the projects already in place and encouraging more.
     
  12. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    How many schools are currently using the website?
     
  13. Julie_Robinson

    Julie_Robinson New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Since January this year, over 1250 projects have been uploaded representing over 2,000 schools.
     
  14. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    What is the balance between independent and state schools?
     
  15. Julie_Robinson

    Julie_Robinson New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    There are more state schools than independent schools although the majority of submissions are by independent schools because the site has been promoted across our sector quite heavily. Independent schools are very much in the minority nationally. Now that the website is up and running, we are keen to encourage involvement from state-funded schools.
     
  16. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    For those of you following this thread, please feel free to post your query. Remember to refresh your page to see the updates as they appear.
     
  17. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    What sorts of projects are being launched?
     
  18. Julie_Robinson

    Julie_Robinson New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    A wide range. The categories on the site include academic, CCF, drama, governance, music, sponsorship (of academies), sport partnerships, volunteering, digital inclusion (ICT) and design technology. All types of partnership project are welcome and they don't all fit neatly into a category. Some of the projects are particularly unusual, for instance, supporting catering for a local school without kitchen facilities.
     
  19. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Do these projects need initial investment from participating schools?
     
  20. Julie_Robinson

    Julie_Robinson New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    That is a very good question and an important consideration.
    Sometimes schools need to budget for travel costs. Some group collaborations ask participants to contribute towards administration costs on an annual basis.
     

Share This Page