School networks provide the opportunity for schools to work with other schools, across sectors or with business and the community.
Networks should be designed to meet the needs of students.
Principals are responsible for managing network activity.
These resources have been developed to assist principals to identify which types of networks may best support their school and partners, as well as support network activity and governance arrangements.
Cross sector collaboration
Improving Together: A Cross-Sector Collaboration Toolkit for Principals has been developed in close consultation with schools from across all three sectors to support cross-sector collaboration between schools.
Cross sector collaboration can lead to a range of benefits for schools and students, including:
- Improved curriculum provision for students
- Pooled resources and supports
- Knowledge sharing to address shared challenges and needs
- Broader community benefits, such as through increased involvement in shared education, cultural and sporting activities.
The toolkit presents selected case studies of successful cross sector collaboration in Victorian schools and the associated benefits. It provides practical guidance to school leaders on processes for establishing collaborative partnerships, as well as things to consider, such as cost, risk management, governance arrangements, and administrative and logistical barriers.
These resources have been developed to assist school leaders to identify which types of networks may best support their school and partners, as well as support network activity and governance arrangements.