On cauliflowers, swedes, trebuchets and the impact assessment of cross-sector partnerships

My latest blog is a guest post for the Eton College Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning and can be found at Assessing the impact of cross-sector partnerships: a practitioner’s guide | CIRL (, It is reproduced below: Did you know, when fired from a trebuchet, that a swede travels further than a cauliflower?Continue reading “On cauliflowers, swedes, trebuchets and the impact assessment of cross-sector partnerships”

How to be strategic in your first year as partnerships leader

Failure, they say, is good for the soul: and my soul was definitely honed and muscular by the end of my twelfth failed interview for a post in school leadership teams. By the time I came to interview for my current role, I was pretty good at turning thin (outreach and partnerships) experiences into powerful-soundingContinue reading “How to be strategic in your first year as partnerships leader”

Ministerial support for ‘The Missing 2000’

Really pleased to receive this letter from Baroness Berridge yesterday. Independent schools really are part of the solution, not part of the problem, especially as we emerge from the pandemic. ‘The Missing 2000‘ is a good read and has made a real impact.

Partnership teaching

This is the first in a series of posts about ‘partnership teachers’ – namely teachers who are employed (or part of whose employment) is there specifically to do partnership work. I convened a special webinar of partnership co-ordinators in December 2020 to discuss partnership teaching, and aim to hold another meeting in February or March.Continue reading “Partnership teaching”

The four stages of partnership activity – for discussion!

The post below is the iteration (as of January 2021) of ‘four stages of partnership activity’. It builds on the work of ‘The Missing 2000’ and ‘All Together Now’, and aims to develop the initial continuum into four discrete stages (although it has been pointed out that a ‘spiral’ may be a more effective metaphor.Continue reading “The four stages of partnership activity – for discussion!”

How can the ideas in ‘The Missing 2000’ make our partnership projects more effective?

This piece, written by Tom Arbuthnott and Anushka Chakravarty, was the opening chapter to ‘The Missing 2000’, synthesising the best practice ideas which emerged from the publication. If we replicate the projects in this volume across the country, we will begin to make a difference. However, we do understand that, for many schools and partnerships,Continue reading “How can the ideas in ‘The Missing 2000’ make our partnership projects more effective?”


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