DfE has published non-statutory guidance and a model service level agreement (SLA) for trust partnerships. These are time-limited arrangements between a school and an academy trust that allows each to explore how a permanent arrangement might work.
The SLA can be adapted to individual circumstances……for example, for schools (or a MAT and a prospective member school) to collaborate and share their expertise or for a school to receive school improvement support from a trust.
DfE funding in respect of such a partnership is a new support element for standalone schools eligible for the 2021 to 2022 DfE’s Trust and School Improvement Offer.
In essence individual schools or trust boards may wish to consider this option to support other schools in a ‘try before you buy’ arrangement.
If you would like to review any aspect of Trust Partnerships do please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 017514 499238 for a preliminary discussion.