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Trust Partnership Offer

A Trust Partnership is a time-limited arrangement, allowing schools to partner with an Academy Trust. It does not deliver the full benefits of joining an Academy Trust but is an opportunity for a school to benefit from trialling membership in an academy trust and explore how a permanent arrangement might work.

Inspire Learning Partnership Trust Partnership Offer is a bespoke package that we can design to support each individual school who partners with us. Our team will meet with you to understand your school, and how we can form a partnership that works for us both. 

There is no single model of Trust Partnership, however the Department for Education recommends:

1. The partnership should be time-limited, typically 12-18 months. Trust Partnerships is not a long-term solution, or a replacement for conversion.

2. During the partnership, the governing body of the school gives due consideration to academisation/merging through formal consultation where required.

3. Activity undertaken as part of the partnership should focus on teaching and leadership. Trust Partnerships can focus on activities such as headteacher mentoring, senior or middle leadership support, curriculum development or support with ‘operational leadership’ areas such as finance or estate management. The focus is agreed by both parties with a clear plan developed.

4. All arrangements should be recorded through formal documentation, with each party being clear from the outset about the terms, any costs, expectations, and objectives of the arrangement.

More details from the DfE about Trust Partnerships can be found here.

To discuss a Trust Partnership with Inspire Learning Partnership, please contact: