How the partnership works
The Strategic Education Partnership has been established to enable the local authority and school and college system in Bexley to work collectively and transparently together to produce solutions to complex challenges impacting on the quality of children’s education and attainment. Through collective responsibility, the Partnership aims to raise standards and improve educational outcomes and life chances for all children and young people in the borough. Our principal aim is to work collaboratively for all Bexley children, supporting the development and growth of good and outstanding schools.
On the Strategic Board and sub-groups, the representatives of the education community come from 16 primary schools, 8 secondary schools (6 non-selectives and 2 grammar), 0 all-through schools, 1 alternative provision provider, 4 special schools and 2 post-16 colleges. They represent 10 multi-academy trusts, 1 umbrella trust, 5 single academy trusts, 5 community primary schools, 3 voluntary-aided primary schools and 1 community special school.
There are 7 school governors, serving on each of the sub-groups and on the Strategic Board.
The Strategic Education Partnership resulted from a review of education in Bexley ahead of the removal of the Education Service Grant (ESG), carried out by ISOS Consultancy in 2017. It identified both a need and desire for a collaborative approach between the LA and the local education system.
In September 2017, Full Cabinet gave unanimous approval to continue to invest in education services, including the Strategic Education Partnership, which was launched on 18th January, 2018.