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Lessons learned: Engagement of partners, personnel and community

  • When establishing a new school, the importance and value of effectively engaging parents, employers and the wider community as a whole should not be underestimated.
  • Linked to the above, it can be challenging to recruit staff and learners to a school that isn’t yet built.
  • Securing the buy-in of well-known employers with strong reputations and branding can be extremely valuable in terms of parental engagement, student recruitment and curriculum enrichment activities.

Case study

University of Warwick is a useful case study example in illustrating the engagement of the local community, partners and personnel in their sponsorship arrangement.

To find out more see the full case study below.

Page last updated 7 October 2016

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