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£20k in grants on offer to small Lincolnshire schools which pool resources

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 19, 2012

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Small schools can team up and claim cash so they can share ideas, resources and teachers.

A pot of money worth tens of thousands of pounds is being given out by Lincolnshire County Council.

The council is offering grants worth £20,000 as a start-up fund for local learning partnerships. 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.

The partnerships can also involve larger schools – although they do not receive any of the council's grant money.

Richard Allen, head teacher at Billinghay Church of England Primary, 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."

And Heather Sandy, head teacher at Tattershall Primary, said: "The head teachers, 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, added that she was keen to see the impact the partnership would have on pupils' learning.

She said: "These collaborative partnerships between schools mean they can share learning and teaching expertise for the benefit of the children."

Schools in Kelsey, Nettleton, Keelby, Edenham and Morton are among those to have already received the grant.

And one of the latest partnerships given the green light is between Tattershall Primary School, Walcott Primary School and the Billinghay, Coningsby St Michael's, Mrs Mary King's and Tattershall Holy Trinity Church of England Primary Schools.

Grants are still available for schools who want to issue a bid.

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