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Evaluation of the Achieve Together Bournemouth Partnership

Teenage girls
Researchers: Rakhee Patel
Published: July 2017

New report highlights challenges of school collaboration.

Aim

To evaluate the pilot of a model that saw Teach First, Teaching Leaders and Future Leaders working together to recruit and develop high-potential teachers in schools with high numbers of disadvantaged pupils.

You can read the report on the Education Endowment Foundation's website.

Findings 

  • Fewer schools participated in the partnership than originally planned due to the costs of the leadership programmes and difficulty finding staff suitable to participate.
  • Aligning impact initiatives across the leadership programmes was challenging, despite being a key aim of the model.¬†
  • Stakeholders thought a longer timescale was needed to embed area-based change and were unconvinced schools had the capacity to take the lead on area-based change.
  • Average attainment in participating schools did not change dramatically since involvement with the pilot. However, given the small-scale and area-based design, it would have been difficult to identify impact with confidence.

Methodology

We conducted a qualitative process evaluation that involved interviews with key stakeholders including schools, delivery partners and teachers.