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Established collaboration partnerships

An established collaboration partnership is a group of four or more schools associated through a multi-academy trust (MAT), MAC, federation, educational trust or similarly related organisation, who want to collaborate on projects that enhance the teaching and learning of physics.

An established collaboration partnership can include primary schools, secondary schools, or ideally a mix of both. The schools must be associated through a multi-academy trust (MAT), MAC, federation, educational trust or similarly related organisation. (If you are NOT part of a multi-academy trust, or similar, please apply for a local cluster partnership).

An established collaboration partnership can set their own objectives and priorities to improve their physics teaching and learning; they will receive support from an Ogden regional representative and a physics lead adviser who will have specialist knowledge and experience in priority areas.

Each established collaboration partnership 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. In the fifth year, partnerships continue to access support and coaching, including signposting to alternative bursaries, with a final report at the end of the year to demonstrate sustainability.

In addition to this, The Ogden Trust provides annual Phizzi CPD for primary schools registered in a partnership, to a value of £250 per school for four years. Phizzi Forward supports the use of Phizzi CPD resources and curriculum mapping in a partnership’s fifth year. Secondary schools will receive KS3 CPD in the first year of a partnership. We are currently piloting support networks and CPD for secondary technicians and primary teaching assistants.

A partnership co-ordinator, usually the physics lead at the lead school, will be the main point of contact for the partnership. A time buy-out of half a day a week (at a set rate of £3,000 for 0.1 FTE) is available for the co-ordinator* in the first two years of a partnership; there is also an optional third year time buy-out. The teacher must have half day per week timetable release guaranteed for each year. This time should be used to understand and improve physics provision across the partnership, to share planning and delivery between schools, and communicate with the Trust (reporting, sending meeting minutes, etc).

Applying for this is optional and will not affect your overall application for the School Partnerships programme.

*The time buy-out is for class teachers leading a partnership, it is not available for independent schools or for senior leaders.

Partnership funding is held by the designated hub school (usually the co-ordinator’s school) however all partnership schools should share the workload of organising partnership activities and all schools should be able to access the funded activities.

Partnership co-ordinators will be invited to a Year 1 induction event in the autumn and an annual conference in the summer, which encourages networking and sharing of best practice. Each partnership will receive support from an Ogden regional representative throughout their partnership and into their legacy phase at the end of five years.

Following the expression of interest deadline (10 January), there will be an assessment period (up to five weeks) to review all submissions.

The lead contact will be notified regarding the outcome of the application. If successful, the lead applicant will be invited to bid for partnership funding.

Applications open annually between 1 September and 10 January. We are currently reviewing our application criteria and priority areas. These will be available from July 2024 along with a registration form.

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