Collaboration is now the name of the game, here and internationally. What was previously often thought of as cheating is, quite simply, smart. The most successful countries and jurisdictions that have continued improving have done so through a blend of peers working together and innovation (Mourshed et al, 2010). And the latest findings of the international TALIS study (OECD, 2013) highlight the importance of professional learning communities. Increasingly, schools are also connecting with each other, whether as part of teaching school alliances, federations, multi-academy trusts, or informal partnerships and networks. Many are finding that in a learning community, the whole is more than the sum of the parts; that focused collaboration makes a difference to everyone’s learning, including that of pupils.
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