Establishing a Network (Primary)

How seven schools started and maintained a networked community In 2002 the National College of School Leadership launched its networked learning communities project. They funded networks from across the country believing that collaboration between schools would improve results at Key Stage 2 which had hit a plateau.

‘Think First’ was a group of schools in West Sussex who initially got together through the head teachers who shared a similar approach to education. They were one of the first groups of schools to receive the £50,000 from the NCSL. This is the story of their network.

The network has worked hard over the years to include everyone, from all the schools in the network, teachers, TAs and support staff. The children are particularly involved emailing each other and they are currently working towards eco-schools status together, as a network.

From INSET days to the classroom, playground and the staff room ‘Establishing a Network’ tells the story of the highs and lows, and the lessons learnt from inside the ‘Think First’ Network.

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