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Take out an annual membership to The Key for Schools Leaders or The Key for School Governors and receive two months’ free membership. With 14 months for the price of 12, join the 150 free schools already making use of The Key. Free schools that join both The Key for School Leaders and The Key for School Governors are eligible for an additional 15% discount.
Guide
An overview of the various models that schools can use to collaborate with each other, along with comments on the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
Presentation
This presentation provides an overview of the key issues that you need to consider when developing a chain of schools, focusing on decisions around scale, variance and level of central control.
Presentation
This pack contains all of the slides, handouts and resources used by NSN during a workshop on 'Building a School Chain', held in November 2015.
Guide
Teaching school alliances present opportunities for new schools to constructively collaborate with a network of education providers in their area. This resource gives an overview of teaching schools and teaching school alliances (TSA), explains what the benefits of joining a TSA are, and how to find active teaching schools in your area.
Video
First time head teachers in free schools share their experience of moving the school from pre-open to open.
Guide
This guidance is for senior leaders, governors and trustees who are considering growing their stand-alone academy trust or establishing a multi-academy trust (MAT) or federation.
Guide
This non-statutory guidance developed by the Department for Education is to help schools understand how buying collaboratively can be set up in order to have an impact on teaching and learning and save time for teachers.
Guide
Employers and their employees have a vital role to play in raising children’s aspirations and helping them understand and prepare for the world of work. Children benefit but so do employers, including through more motivated, engaged and skilled employee.
Guide
This document explains and compares the three main ways in which schools can come together as a chain or collaboration.