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Partnerships for Schools launches LEP toolkit

The Toolkit for Effective Local Education Partnerships, consisting of nine practitioner notes, highlights good practice and recommends issues to consider throughout the lifetime of the LEP, from strategic planning and mobilisation through to the operational phase.

It draws upon issues captured as part of last year’s review of operational LEPs, carried out on behalf of PfS by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The resulting suite of guidance, which is now available on the PfS website, is intended to inform both existing and future LEPs and their respective stakeholders who are engaged in the delivery of Building Schools for the Future (BSF) projects nationwide.

Tim Byles, chief executive of PfS, said: “As the BSF programme continues to accelerate with more local authorities due to join the programme shortly, it is important that we help spread best practice about genuine partnership working between the public and private sectors and share some of the practical realities and considerations that both need to think through in relation to Local Education Partnerships.

“There were many positive and encouraging messages contained in PwC’s review of the operational LEPs landscape, but it is clear that there is no single ‘silver bullet’ when it comes to maximising the effectiveness of operational LEPs.

“The success of the BSF programme depends upon the right resources, structures and processes being in place – as well as an agreed and shared set of goals - enabling local authorities and their stakeholders to make the most of every education pound.”