Partners in Learning is an inclusive teaching school alliance working with and alongside schools and academies on the regional and national stage. Their vision is to create a sustainable, inclusive and productive partnership utilising the expertise from across the alliance which will lead to the improvement of teaching and learning with improved outcomes for pupils across all schools within the Teaching School Alliance.
Partners in Learning, in conjunction with Doncaster Research School, are one of the main delivery partners for priority 1 and priority 4 set out in our Delivery Plan. Most of their work is focused on efforts to narrow the gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils at the end of Key Stage 2 so that more disadvantaged pupils meet the expected standards in reading, writing and maths.
This has involved working in partnership with other local and national agencies, Teaching Schools and cross-borough primary schools on the SSIF Literacy and Maths programmes which have provided focused strategies and interventions to targeted school. In addition, Doncaster Research School with Partners in Learning have developed and delivered:
- the successful flagship Learning Matters leadership development programme,
- the Opportunity Area 25 family of schools,
- and they are involved in supporting the implementation of a range of OA funded provision for teacher recruitment and retention and children’s mental health and well being.
We have supported and funded the launch of Opportunities Doncaster, a partnership organisation that will bring businesses and education together. They support businesses with their employer engagement strategy to build a pipeline of their future workforce.
Their aims are to inform students about the wide range of career opportunities available to them in Doncaster and to support every young person in Doncaster by increasing the number of meaningful encounters they have with businesses.
They work directly with parents, carers and communities to support pupils from secondary schools through to sixth form and further education. They also support the SEND community and have a dedicated SEND team that are passionate about increasing the number of disability confident employers.
Children’s University is a charity that works in partnership with schools to develop a love of learning in children. They do this by encouraging participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school.
Research shows that participation in extra-curricular activities can positively impact on attainment, increase a pupil’s positive identification with school, and build self-confidence and resilience. Research also shows that children who do not have access to these opportunities fall behind, lack confidence, and fail to develop career aspirations. The resulting attainment gap is so significant that 25% of children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds achieve below expected attainment levels. This is why Children’s University is committed to creating a level playing field of opportunity and opening up access to children of all backgrounds.