This section of the website is designed to help schools form effective, mutually beneficial partnerships with a wide range of external organisations. These include businesses, community organisations, philanthropists, local government organisations, early childhood and other education providers.
The website provides checklists, case studies and resources to help guide schools through the opportunities and challenges of an effective partnership. The information has been divided into three sections reflecting the different partnership stages.
What is an education partnership?
An education partnership involves schools working together with external organisations to help students reach their full potential and achieve outcomes that wouldn’t be possible if they worked alone. An education partnership should have clear plans and goals, and be designed so both partners benefit from the good work they do.
How can a partnership benefit my school?
Research shows that partnerships make a real difference to students’ learning and wellbeing by providing them with additional opportunities, support and services. Many schools are now working with a variety of organisations to find new ways to meet student needs, while allowing teachers to focus on education.
To find out more about the benefits of education partnerships, read the following fact sheet: Evidence and benefits of education partnerships (pdf - 79.7kb).
Information for schools considering or about to start a partnership, including: how to identify what your school wants from a partnership, how to find a suitable partner, and which types of partnerships might work for your school.
Information for schools implementing a potential partnership they have identified, including resources and tools to help develop a work plan and governance structure, assign roles, resources and responsibilities, and build a sustainable partnership.
Information about how to refine and strengthen established partnerships, including information about evaluating and expanding a partnership. There’s also advice on ending a partnership and opening the way for a new partnership.