The 1 3 5 Cluster Partnership Group consists of a group of four Primary Schools within the London Borough of Camden. The schools within the partnership are:
Fleet Primary School
Gospel Oak Primary School
Rhyl Primary School
Netley Primary School
The partnership was formed a number of years ago, initially to build a shared understanding of new assessment requirements but this has grown into a very effective partnership looking at wider School Improvement. This also involves not just school leadership teams, but teaching staff, SENDCo's, School Business Managers and Governors as well as certain subject Leaders.
Our agreement is of a loose partnership’ based on agreed co-operative working and managed collectively by the Head Teachers of each school, chaired by each Head in turn. The partnership has very close working relationships with Camden and Camden Learning.
Our focus so far has been on sharing examples of excellent practice, leading joint staff training sessions, developing the use of shared appraoches, sharing of staff expertise and having an annual School Review. We have called these reviews 'Collaborative Enquiries'. They are led by the Head Teacher and usually an outside observer such as the Camden Professional Partner plus a peer Head Teacher from one of the Cluster Schools completes the team. The focus is something particular to each school and their School Improvement focus. These have been incredibly valuable so far in highlighting strengths across the schools but also in identifying further areas for improvement and development.
The Head Teachers have previously worked with a leadership coach to establish the vision and identify strategic focus for work together as well as more recenntly work with an educaiton consultatant looking to explore more ways to support and collaborate across all areas of school life with an action plan in place for the current school year developed.