Manchester Matchmakers are linking up schools, with great results

January 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

Exciting piece in the Guardian about a programme Prof. Mel Ainscow has been running in Manchester, ‘matchmaking’ between schools to help them share practice and support each other. Here’s what it’s all about:

Greater Manchester’s 10 councils bonded together schools from Oldham to Wigan in comparable groups, 11 for secondaries and 58 for primaries. Laid out in this format, data revealed anomalies and similarities clearly.

Ainscow […] says: “We were looking at schools whose intake, size and other features had much in common, and seeing how one was doing well and another not. We were looking for the good things, naturally, and through this system, they were clear. It was a game-changer.”

The next step was what Ainscow calls “carefully brokered” school partnerships, with challenge staff such as Andrew Morley earning the nickname “matchmakers”. One of Morley’s marriages shows strikingly how assets and talents are now shared by schools that previously might have been on different planets…

Read more at School matchmakers lift results | Education | The Guardian.

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