A LEARNING partnership in the Sleaford area has received county council cash to help it get off the ground.
A inter-school partnership between Billinghay, Coningsby St Michael’s, Mrs Mary King’s and Tattershall Holy Trinity Church of England Primary Schools together with Tattershall Primary School and Walcott Primary School is one of the latest that has been set up to help improve teaching standards.
Lincolnshire County Council is offering grants worth £20,000 and those who make a successful bid for the cash are using it to share resources, expert teachers and ideas.
Headteacher at Billinghay Church of England Primary, Richard Allen, said: “All schools have different strengths in different areas and now it’s a matter of sharing those strengths.
“For example, one school could have a really good phonics teacher or another could have an outstanding maths teacher – it’s a matter of sharing those skills across the board.
“Other partnerships may be looking at it from different perspectives, but we’re specifically looking at improving teaching in the classroom.
“It provides our teachers with the opportunity to work with one another and learn from one another.
“It helps us to look at diversity and develop our practice and improve provision.
“It’s definitely something I’d recommend to other schools to be involved in.
“With Ofsted pressures on improving teaching and learning, it’s only a good thing for all the pupils at all of the schools.”
The money is available for any school with fewer than 200 pupils and there are currently around 20 partnerships of this type operating in Lincolnshire.
Heather Sandy, headteacher at Tattershall Primary, said: “The headteachers, governors and staff at all six are delighted with this opportunity to share good practice and are working together to ensure the success of the venture.
“It is important to note there has been no change to the organisation or structure of individual schools.
“This is a genuine opportunity for teachers to learn from one another and work with colleagues from other schools on areas such as planning, curriculum and learning.”
Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children’s services at LCC , added that she was keen to see the impact the partnership would have on pupils’ learning.
“These collaborative partnerships between schools mean they can share learning and teaching expertise for the benefit of the children,” she said.
“We encourage these partnerships with a start-up grant and the schools then take this forward and continue to support each other. I look forward to seeing this group of schools go from strength to strength and make a real difference for their pupils.”
Grants are still available for schools who want to issue a bid.