News & Insights 25 September 2020

Schools and charity partnerships: Challenges and solutions

The impact of the pandemic has been wide-reaching.  Schools have been significantly affected, having to respond instantly to establish remote teaching and now working to support pupils catch up from the learning they have lost.  Action Tutoring, and many other educational charities are eager to contribute positively to this effort but support must be delivered in the right way to make a meaningful difference.

The Centre for Education and Youth and Action Tutoring recognised that good relationships between charities and schools can have a significant impact on pupils’ learning and wanted to harness best practice and guidance from the field to help others benefit.

Earlier in the year we brought together expert voices in a roundtable discussion. 18 charity and school leaders, across the primary and secondary sectors, took part to discuss partnerships and share best practice.  We produced a joint report, highlighting the key findings from the event, which provides tips for best practice in four areas:

  1. Building a reputation: a charity’s reputation is extremely important for building connections with schools.
  2. Building strong relationships: effective communication plays a crucial role in helping charities and schools build relationships.
  3. Working together: schools and charities should plan how they will work together at the start of their partnership and should clarify any non-negotiables.
  4. Evaluating impact: schools and charities should work together to collect meaningful data and measure impact.

You can read the full report here. 

You may also like to watch the discussion in full here.