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Exploring collaboration models and opportunities between schools - whether maintained or academy (workshop six)

Workshop leader
Rob Kelsall

Workshop details

The education landscape continues to evolve rapidly – the combination of government reforms, including the autonomy agenda and amendments to the Ofsted framework, is placing greater emphasis on school-to-school collaboration in all its varieties. While collaboration is nothing new to schools, the range of issues on which schools have to collaborate and the importance of working together to the success of their learning community have changed significantly. Schools must be 'intelligent browsers' and be highly selective about potential partnership structures if they are to secure the best possible outcomes for their children and young people.   

Workshop outcomes

This workshop will introduce you to the widely acclaimed ‘Nottingham Schools Trust', 'School Co-operative Trust' and 'Cadmus Federation' models of collaboration, which are seen by many as the way forward. The speakers will outline the benefits of their collaborative models, and delegates will hear about the range of schools collaborative models, including School Companies, Trusts and Federations.

Target audience

School business leaders and school leaders.

Leader biography
Rob Kelsall

Rob Kelsall is one of two senior regional officers at NAHT who leads a team of professional officers supporting and protecting members across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more than 20 years, Rob has campaigned and represented education professionals at a regional and national level across government departments, including the Department for Education, Home Office and Department for Local Government. Rob has been at the forefront of campaigning against top-down reorganisations of schools, and he has been successful in the association's campaign against forced and universal academisation. Rob was one of the key officers supporting schools leaders during the Trojan Horse affair in the West Midlands, and he leads on campaigning on NAHT’s funding campaign.