School partnership: Leek
Published: 5 January 2022
In 2020/21, we made a successful partnership application bid and are now working in a local cluster partnership with eight other schools. Our central partnership objectives are to work across Key Stages (from EYFS to KS4) to provide a consistent, high-quality experience in physics education, and to raise pupil aspirations to pursue STEM careers. Alongside this we will use the partnership to build a high-quality support network for subject leaders and teachers to up-skill and support staff in the delivery of physics across all Key Stages.
Discussions to make our partnership action plan worked well to draw subject leaders together and the shared aspirations give a real focus to drive the provision for students. We are a mix of schools covering pre-EYFS to A-level so ensuring transition is effective is a priority, as is creating opportunities to raise aspirations for future STEM careers starting from an early age.
A series of pupil transition events have been planned for our first partnership year, alongside careers activities, a physics at home competition and a KS3 visit to Keele University. Teachers will benefit from CPD and shared moderation to ensure delivery and progression in physics across the partnership schools.
From a personal perspective, I wanted to study physics to degree level but struggled beyond GCSE. Eventually I studied biology at university instead. I have met some brilliant people through The Ogden Trust who have been able to (re-) explain physics concepts simply and demonstrate them effectively. I know that as I learn and make sense of physics, my students also learn, and I don’t want any aspiring future physicists to miss out as I did. Raising teacher confidence in teaching physics leads to raised student confidence.
Partnership co-ordinator, Leek Partnership (2021- )
Teacher, Rushton First School
Five years of funding
A local cluster partnership can apply for up to £2,500 per academic year for the first three years and up to £1,000 in the fourth year for partnership activities to enhance the teaching and learning of physics. A further grant of up to £250 is available as partnerships move into their legacy phase. In the first year, partnership co-ordinators are awarded a time buy-out giving them half a day a week to build relationships across the cluster and establish the partnership.
An established collaboration partnership (ie a MAT) can apply for up to £2,000 per academic year for the first three years and £1,000 in the fourth year for activities to enhance the teaching and learning of physics. The partnership lead is eligible for up to three years of time buy-out to support the partnership
Teachers at all partnership schools can access CPD from Early Years Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 3. Partnerships work across primary and secondary schools to build links for transition and progression and are part of a supportive wider network of Ogden partnerships, advisers and experts.
Partnerships normally comprise four or more schools and can be a mix of maintained schools, academies, free schools and independent schools, across the primary and secondary sector. We welcome applications from any schools in England but are especially keen to work with new partnerships in rural and coastal areas, as well as schools based in areas of social deprivation.