The terms collaboration and partnership are frequently bandied around and presented as solutions to school improvement but are often ill-defined and poorly understood.
This literature review, the first in a series of literature reviews on topical issues, examines effective partnership working. It draws on existing academic research, evaluations and case studies to explore the following questions:
- What is partnership?
- What are the cross-cutting features of effective partnership?
- What good practice is there?
The review identifies three key lessons for those working in partnership:
- Adopt a shared goal and a shared sense of purpose
- Respect what already works well, whilst being open to contrasting practice
- Build clear lines of communication and high levels of trust
The review featured in Edition 29 of Schools Week.