Effective school partnerships and collaboration for school improvement: a review of the evidence
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Dr Paul Armstrong

This DfE commissioned review examines the current knowledge base around the characteristics of effective inter-school collaboration and other forms of school-to-school partnership in the English school system.

Exploring the current literature in this area to identify what works, what doesn’t, why and in what circumstances it argues that there is a remarkable lack of independent empirical evidence relating to interschool collaboration. What evidence there however is points to a number of positive consequences of inter-school collaboration in relation to impacts upon pupils, teachers, school improvement and organisational efficiency.

The reviewed research points to the positive influence of inter-school collaboration on teachers and teaching, with practitioners reporting an increased motivation to engage in professional dialogue with their colleagues, knowledge mobilisation and a general shift towards more learning-oriented and enquiry-based cultures in schools that have been collaborating.

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Dr Paul Armstrong

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Department for Education (DfE)

Date of publication:
October 2015

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Outline research on the influence of inter-school collaboration on teachers and teaching, this review may interest teachers and school leaders working within a collaboration arrangement. 


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