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When is a school a sponsor?

21 May 2012

A key part of the academy convertor programme is the requirement to work with another school to raise standards. As the programme has developed the distinction between supporting and sponsoring another school has become blurred – schools asked to support another school often find the discussion moves from “supporting” to “sponsoring” another school.

A recent survey conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of Browne Jacobson LLP shows whilst there is appetite amongst schools to embrace collaborative approaches more than half of all recently converted academies feel they lack the necessary knowledge and could benefit from additional guidance and support before agreeing to sponsor.

The government’s reforms and focus on accountability means schools performing well need to understand the obligations of sponsorship and have a good understanding of the programme of school improvement that will be required at the sponsored school so that they can properly judge whether they have the necessary capacity.

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