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Partnership application process

Partnership applications open annually in September.

Partnership applications start with the submission of an expression of interest. If this is approved following the review process, formative partnerships will be supported through an induction phase ready to begin at the start of the new academic year.

If you want to form a partnership with other schools in your area to progress your physics provision, you should apply to form a local cluster partnership. If you are part of a academy trust and want to develop science, you should apply to be an established collobaration partnership. Please select the appropriate route below to start your application.

The partnership application process

A summary of key dates


1 September – 1 February

  • Applicant from lead school prepares and submits an Expression of Interest


2 February – 31 March

  • Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted


1 April – 30 April

  • Successful partnerships will be notified


1 May – 30 June

  • New partnerships will be supported with their action-planning and preparation for Year 1

Application journey

A more detailed timeline of the application process can be downloaded, together with a summary of key dates within Year 1.

File Name File Type File Size File Link
Partnership application journey PDF 650 KB Download
Starting your partnership PDF 626 KB Download

Quick links

Find the partnership type for your school.