Hello. I wonder if anyone could offer me some experienced based advice. We have recently been told that with the with the problem of future falling roles and other issues, that four / five school maybe joined together under one governing and SMT body over the respective split sites. Obviously there are several issues surrounding this. Where would the SMT be based and so on. We are currently, as far as I understand, only in the initial proposal stages with various models being put to the various bodies in question. Many different ideas have been voiced by staff. The geographical situation as far as I can see is two of the larger schools are within 5 miles of each other (this includes my current school) while the other two are again relatively close to each other but some 10 miles + from the original two. (following me so far?) Some of the proposals include each of the pairs taking a lower school / upper school responsibility. Another model is where teachers move between the four sites for lessons, cover etc.. Yet another is where schools holds specialisms, for example one school takes responsibility for the teaching of sciences and maths engineering etc another tackles the humanities, a third takes the vocational course and / or post 16 provision and many more besides.. Now I'm not adverse to change in itself, and I'm sure our SMT would only enter into such an arrangement if they genuinely felt this was for the long term good of the students, school and staff. I am just wondering if there are any out there who have been through a similar experience and have any advice or tales to share, models that have worked within your own schools or even ones that have been tried and abandoned. What steps have you been through to aide in staff relations between the schools. Any advice gratefully received that I can do my "Jimminy Cricket" bit and whisper into the right ears of the right people. Thank you in advance.