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Partnership working through a school company

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National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's services
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Partnership working through a school company Resource Inspiring leaders to improve children’s lives Schools and academies Partnership working through a school company 2 © National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services Contents Introduction 3 What is a school company? 3 Model - a school company 3 Why use a company? 4 What does it look like? 4 Five steps to form a company 4 Case study 6 Contact us 6 Acknowledgments 6 3 © National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services The way schools are led and managed is changing. The types of school leaders and governing bodies that exist today are far more diverse than they once were and they will continue to change. This publication examines a new emerging model of leadership called a school company. School companies themselves are not new, but the way they are now being used for partnership working is. What is a school company? A school company is not a special type of company or business; it is simply a company set up by one or more local authority maintained schools exercising their statutory powers under Section 11-13 of the Education Act 2002. This power is given to schools maintained by the local authority for specific activities, including: — to provide services or facilities for other schools or academies, eg providing ICT services or specialist curriculum support Introduction — to provide functions that local authorities can contract out eg running a pupil referral unit (PRU) — to purchase goods or services for schools that are members of the company To exercise this power, schools need the consent of their local authority. This power is also subject to restrictions in Section 11-13 of the Education Act 2002, which must be taken into account when determining whether this model is appropriate. The full wording of which can be accessed at w

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