Independent State School Partnerships – what’s new?

13 July 2015
Posted by Heidi Salmons
Government money is currently supporting 18 ISSPs around England. Two HMC schools currently in receipt of ISSP funds and...

a long-standing organisation in Southwark where schools have been working together since 2003 share their experiences.

Working together: the Southwark Schools Learning Partnership

From the outset, we have had a clear focus on collaboration. Our underlying philosophy is that we all have things that we can learn from one another; it is emphatically not “crumbs from the rich man’s table”. Independent school staff and students do not teach state school peers what to do. We want to share good practice and  explore innovative ideas together to benefit all our staff and students.

City-wide masterclasses in York

On three Saturday afternoons in March, over 300 York school students from Year 7 to Year 12 make their way to ISSP master classes. This year, students have investigated “What is a Human?” through broad academic pathways and a common philosophy class. They worked for three hours each Saturday. Their 28 teachers came from York’s three independent schools (Bootham, St Peter’s and The Mount), two state-maintained academies and eight comprehensives.

Getting to grips with primary mathematics in Bolton

Bolton School has existing strong links with local schools. At secondary level this has been built through our hosting an Ogden Teaching Fellow in partnership with the Institute of Physics. At primary level it has been through an extensive programme of liaison events – some linked to marketing – as well as running an aspirational Saturday school for the SHINE (spina bifida and hydrocephalus) charity.

To read more, see the June 2015 issue of HMC's Insight magazine.