Partner Schools Program

Tools for collaboration

National Professional Standard for Principals
Leadership requirements
1. Vision and values

Professional Practice
1. Leading teaching and learning
2. Developing self and others
3. Leading improvement, innovation and change

AITSLdetailed Standard information

Partner Schools Program

Why establish school partnerships?

In an era where our school systems and structures are transitioning into a new reality which is more reflective of a 21st century learning environment, it makes sense for schools to work collaboratively. This being said, there are numerous examples of schools working effectively in collaboration but on the whole, the traditional silo model prevails.

There are other examples of schools who have been “forced” into a partnership arrangement or schools where the partnership is, at best, tokenistic. Genuine, meaningful and beneficial collaboration occurs when school leaders initiate partnerships between schools which empower staff and have a positive impact on teaching and learning.

Partnerships must be based on the needs of all schools involved. Reasons for establishing partnerships will vary but might include:

  • connecting with rural communities
  • enhancing learning across K-12 continuum in connections between primary and high schools
  • sharing professional learning, developing innovative practice, supporting the wellbeing of leaders between liked-minded primary or high schools