Joining a Partnership

What is an Ogden School Partnership?
An Ogden School Partnership is a group of schools within a local area who want to collaborate on projects that enhance the teaching and learning of physics. They can be a mix of maintained schools, academies, free schools and independent schools. A partnership should include between four and 10 schools, and will be led by a partnership co-ordinator at one of the partnership schools. This school will be the designated hub school and funding will be managed by them. Partnerships can include schools with no specialist physics teachers, schools with a higher than average free school meal percentage, rural schools and any state funded schools. Independent schools can be included and should be encouraged to share their resources and knowledge.

Making an application
The Ogden Trust aims to launch a new partnership in each region at the beginning of the academic year.  

Following the expression of interest deadline (1 March), there will be an assessment period to review all submissions. We will then email all lead contacts by 1 May outlining the reasons for selection.  

The Ogden School Partnerships programme aims to:

  • raise the profile of science, and improve pupils' enjoyment, progress and attainment in science through increasing science capital
  • enhance teachers' confidence in planning, teaching and assessment of science through CPD
  • form collaborative partnerships facilitating the continued sharing of best practice.

What funding is available?
The School Partnership programme provides funding and support for schools over a period of five years. Partnerships can include both secondary and primary schools and funding is adjusted accordingly. The funding is held by the designated hub school however all members of the partnership should share the workload of organising partnership activities and all schools should be able to access the funded activities.

Primary partnership
A primary partnership can apply for up to £2,500 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 addition to this, The Ogden Trust provides CPD for all schools in the partnership to a value of £350 per school per year. In the fifth year, partnerships can continue to access support and coaching, including signposting to alternative bursaries, however no further funding is available through The Ogden Trust.

Secondary partnership
A secondary partnership can apply for up to £3,000 per academic year for the first three years and £2,000 in the fourth year for activities to enhance the teaching and learning of physics. In addition to this, a grant of £250 per school per year is given to fund CPD. In the fifth year, support and coaching is available, however no additional funding is available through The Ogden Trust.

What can a partnership spend its funding on?
A partnership is encouraged to organise activities that enhance the teaching and learning of physics. Examples include enrichment activities, trips, events to promote careers awareness, family events and extra-curricular clubs (physics/astronomy). Activities should be accessible to all schools in the partnership. 

How to apply
If you are interested in joining a partnership, view our map to find out if there is one in your area and then contact the partnership co-ordinator. There are other Ogden links on the map, including regional representatives, who may also be able to help you.

If you want to set up a new school partnership please complete the Expression of Interest form. If you want to be considered for the next academic year you will need to have completed this before 1 March.

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