In June this year Birmingham CASE published a Briefing Paper on a proposed new Co-operative Partnership between the LA and all Birmingham’s state schools. In that briefing BCASE called on schools and the LA to:
- Get the Co-operative Partnership up and running as soon as possible
- Maximise capacity for supporting ‘school improvement’
- Develop a vision for education which includes but goes beyond ‘school improvement’
- Open up the Partnership to all stakeholders in the school system
Birmingham Education Partnership to be launched on November 6 2013
The good news is that headteachers and the LA got together before the summer and agreed on the aims and structure of a new Partnership involving all the state-funded schools in Birmingham, including academies. We welcome this – the alternative, a fragmented and uncoordinated market would be far worse for education in the city. On November 6 the Partnership is being launched at an event in the new Library. We wait to see exactly what has been proposed. We have two concerns:
- How many schools will genuinely give their commitment to a collaborative developmental vision for all schools, not just sign up to the Partnership and carry on as before?
- It seems that the Partnership is to be run by headteachers. The LA has a seat at the table, but there is to be no involvement by school governors, parents, or teachers themselves. We think it is essential that the Partnership involves everyone who has a stake in the education of our children and young people.