By working together through federations, trusts and other forms of collaboration – both formal and informal – schools can raise standards and maintain local provision. Schools working together can generate efficiencies by providing an opportunity to pool funding, purchase services jointly, share staff, functions, facilities and technology across sites.

There isn’t one, best collaborative model. Instead, schools can consider a variety of models and adapt them to suit individual contexts, local needs and objectives.

The National College has advice, guidance, case studies and resources for schools considering collaborative models as well as research on the impact of schools working together. In addition, our operating your collaboration tool provides information and advice for schools already involved in collaboration.