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Further links between independent and state schools were forged today ...
Further links between independent and state schools were forged today

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

of learners.

- 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 .

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