Annal Nayyar – press release on news on school collaboration

Schools could share their pupil premiums and work together to close the achievement gap, the Royal Society of Arts has suggested.

No school an island, published today, looked specifically at how Suffolk’s poor education record could be transformed, but the RSA said its findings could be adopted by other areas in England. Suffolk has poor aggregate levels of pupil progress and wide gaps in educational achievement between disadvantaged groups and other pupils, leading to poor participation in further education and training.

The report called on head teachers and other local leaders not to focus exclusively on a single school’s performance, but to look outward across the wider area. It recommended several ways in which schools either in one locality or in different parts of the country could work together to improve results.

As well as sharing pupil premium funds, schools with similar pupil profiles could establish ‘families’ of schools. Small schools in isolated, rural areas should form federations to establish new relationships, maximise resources and save money.

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