Collaboration between Independent and Local Authority Schools: LEAs' perspectives on partnership and community activities

Paula Smith, Sue Harris, Kirstin Kerr

01 July 2003

This research aimed to determine the current status of partnership collaboration between schools in the independent and maintained sectors. In recent years there has been an increasing drive towards identifying and reducing the barriers between the sectors in order to facilitate a more cooperative approach that acknowledges the benefits to be gained from working in partnership with each other. The Independent Schools Council (ISC) recently commissioned a survey focusing on partnership working between schools, by means of questionnaires sent to independent schools. The NFER research aimed to complement that survey by providing information from the perspective of the maintained sector via a questionnaire to Local Education Authorities (LEAs). A questionnaire survey of LEAs was the main source of data and this was combined with data from follow-up telephone interviews.