Established and effective collaborative multi-agency working contributes to improving the learning and well-being outcomes of children and young people. It builds increased levels of trust between partners in relation to everyone knowing each can and will deliver. Collaborative partnerships help to build a more cohesive community approach through united multi-agency practice, and establishes consensus, strengthens partnership voice, and helps to break down professional boundaries. By utilising a greater range of staff expertise, collaboration offers a broader perspective or focus to working practice, and helps to improve understanding and raise awareness of issues and agencies, and other professionals’ practice.

Gloucestershire schools have a strong history of collaborative working at all levels. We believe strong collaboration between schools is a key element in improving outcomes for pupils and supporting schools and teachers to achieve and maintain outstanding practice.