Partnership launched to lead schools’ improvement in Lincolnshire

A new learning partnership bringing schools across Lincolnshire together to improve education in the county has been launched.

The Lincolnshire Learning Partnership Board has been established with representative headteachers and governors driving the new way of school improvement forward.

Schools will now be responsible for their own improvement, working in partnership with each other and educational establishments.

The aim is to strengthen relationships between headteachers, governors, and other stakeholders to enable the sector to demonstrate its own ability to be self-sustaining.

A conference – Towards Equity and Excellence for All – was held at the Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground on Friday, April 22, to officially launch the partnership.

Guest speakers included Mel Ainscow, Professor of Education at the University of Manchester; Frankie Sulke CBE, one of the country’s longest-serving and pioneering Directors of Children’s Services and well-known for her pioneering work in Lewisham; and Anton Florek, Chief Executive of the Virtual Staff College.

The partnership will replace the CfBT Education Trust, which will stop its provision for support services purchased individually by schools, as well as its teacher training services, on July 31 this year.

As previously reported, up to 20 members of staff at the trust face being made redundant.

The trust has managed school improvement in the county since 2002.

Councillor Patricia Bradwell, responsible for Children’s Services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The contract with CfBT Education Trust has come to its natural end and we have decided that a sector-led approach, where schools drive improvement and provide the support for each other, is the most effective model.”