when school standards minister Stephen Timms announced the successful
applicants for the fifth round of independent/state school
partnerships. The£778,000 package will fund 32 new projects in
The scheme has proved popular since it began in 1998. This is the
second year that applications have been invited on specific themes -
gifted and talented pupils, music and citizenship - as well as
general projects. Around one third of applicants will receive grants.
Mr Timms said:
'The response to this year's round of grants has once again been very
encouraging. What all of the projects have in common is that they
will benefit pupils and staff in both independent and state schools,
helping to break down barriers between them through partnership.
'Our aim is that headteachers of schools in the maintained sector
should be able to draw on skills and resources from whatever suits
them best. Today's announcement includes projects in all nine regions
of England and covers a wide variety of themes'.
Among the successful applicants are:
- Monkseaton Language College, North Tyneside in partnership with
Church High School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Open University in the
North. Their project will create exceptional provision for gifted
and talented pupils in modern foreign languages. It will provide
university level study delivered by Open University in the North. A
support system will also be created for extending provision of
language learning to pupils in local Excellence in Cities schools.
- Sevenoaks School, Kent working with 14 maintained primary schools
in the Sevenoaks Learning Group. This partnership aims to
reinforce national curriculum based music in primary schools. It
will assist non-specialist music teachers, develop pupils'
listening skills, provide opportunities for all pupils to
participate in and enjoy music and to give them access to a library
of ethnic musical instruments.
- Alperton Community School, Brent working with Swaminarayan School
and Carlton Vale Infants School. This partnership will extend
links between the three schools. They will work on an e-history
project which will develop multimedia records of oral histories of
parents and other adults in the community. The resources produced
will support the schools' commitment to using teaching materials
which reflect the multiethnic, religious and linguistic backgrounds
- Droitwich Spa High School and Sports College, Worcestershire,
working with Whitford Hall and Dodderhill School. This project
will promote sporting opportunities for young people in the
independent and state sectors in Droitwich by developing a working
partnership to develop physical education, with a particular focus
on trampolining, dance, hockey and athletics.
1. All schools in England were eligible to apply for partnership
funding. Applications were submitted in early February.
2. All projects were assessed against the following criteria: genuine
partnership; potential for further links to develop; benefits to
pupils and teachers; established or innovative schemes which others
can learn from and replicate; value for money.
3. Summaries of this year's projects can be found here .