“Staff are growing in enthusiasm and our children have seen the profile of science raised throughout the school, both in terms of lesson delivery and extracurricular opportunities.”
Nashim Prabatani, Partnership Co-ordinator, Swadlincote Partnership, 2020
The School Partnerships programme offers five years of funding, support, opportunities and teacher CPD to schools that are committed to working together to enhance physics teaching and learning. The Trust is now inviting applications for new school partnerships starting in September 2022.
Teacher CPD and raising students’ science capital and career aspirations are at the heart of the school partnerships programme; partnership funding for enrichment and extra-curricular activities adds another dimension to the teaching and learning of physics, encouraging learners to take physics further.
“We hope that the partnership programme helps to increase the number of students going on to take physics at GCSE, A-level and at university, as well as thinking about how physics can contribute to career aspirations,” explains Wendy Cox, Head of Education at the Trust.
“The additional support and opportunities available to physics teachers (and technicians) in partnership schools can enhance their subject knowledge and career development, contributing to job satisfaction and teacher retention.”
The programme supports local clusters of schools and established collaborations, such as multi-academy trusts, as well as providing regional support through place-based partnerships.
The Swadlincote Partnership joined the Ogden network in September 2020. “The partnership has been an excellent opportunity for us to branch out and work collaboratively with other schools in the area,” says Partnership Co-ordinator, Nashim Prabatani. “Working as part of an enthusiastic, supportive and forward-thinking team has supported our development, challenging us to question our delivery and provision of science, and always ask ourselves, how can we improve this?
“Staff are growing in enthusiasm and our children have noticeably seen the profile of science raised throughout the school, both in terms of lesson delivery and extracurricular opportunities,” she concludes.
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 also access CPD from Early Years Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 3. Building on the success of the Ogden primary CPD programme, the Trust also offers a Key Stage 3 CPD scheme for non-specialist physics teachers in partnership schools. The programme includes three twilight workshops covering transition, diagnosing misconceptions and purposeful practical physics. It has been designed to support and enable non-specialist teachers – committed, confident teachers, delivering hands-on, inspiring physics can only enhance the learning experience of pupils.
You can read the full Halton Partnership case study here.
Learn more about forming a partnership and how to apply
Partnerships normally comprises 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.
You can read the full Blyth Partnership case study here.
Read more about some of our partnerships and what they have achieved in our Ogden partnership case studies.
Find out more about our partnership programme and submit your expression of interest now to form a new partnership starting in September 2022.