This joint guidance is for schools which want to join forces to share expertise, improve both the curricula and extra-curricula offer to pupils and further raise standards.

It is aimed at senior leaders and governors and spells out the benefits and types of collaboration, as well as the steps they need to take to form a group of schools accountable to one governing board. More than half of academies are now part of multi-academy trusts, and maintained schools are coming together in federations.

Collaboration gives schools the opportunity to provide staff with more opportunities and professional development; work together to tackle recruitment shortages; use their combined buying power to negotiate discounts on equipment and other resources, and share expertise to support one another and tackle challenges.

An increasing body of evidence shows that strong collaboration combined with joint accountability can lead to better progress and attainment for pupils and help schools meet rising expectations.

Part ONE: considering forming or joining a group of schools

Download Part One: considering forming or joining a group of schools

Part TWO: joining a multi academy trust

Download Part Two: joining a multi academy trust

Part THREE - Forming a multi academy trust

Download Part Three - Forming a multi academy trust

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