Schools Together Group
The Schools Together Group comprises those in state and independent schools who are responsible for coordinating inter-school partnerships. It was established in 2016 with this mission statement: “Harnessing the power of partnerships for the benefit of children”. Membership is open to all, with termly meetings to discuss issues relevant to school partnerships, especially cross-sector partnerships, at teacher, student and governance level. The sharing of good ideas and common concerns aims to lead to a strengthening and increase in partnerships. This is a practical discussion forum rather than a policy-making one though its discussion notes are sent to the ISSP forum at the DfE. The name Schools Together derives from a website of the same name (schoolstogether.org) which showcases examples of inter-partnerships; updates on the Group’s activities can be found on its news and blog pages. There is a small steering group to organise activities, currently chaired by Christina Astin.
Christina Astin, Chair of the Schools Together Group and Head of Partnerships at the King’s School, Canterbury is a physics teacher and head of science, but she now heads the partnership programme at The King’s School in Canterbury. Through her consultancy, Christina also works with school improvement in science and subject enhancement in physics, as well as writing, presenting and coaching. She also mentors a team of students running the global online STEM journal, Young Scientists Journal (ysjournal.com) which is written, edited and produced by students aged 12-20, founded by Christina in 2006.
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