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Celebrating Partnerships 2022 with the Independent Schools Council

Lindsay Cunningham from The Educational Coach celebrated the launch of this year's ISC Partnerships Report


We were delighted to fly The Educational Coach flag last month at none other than the Palace of Westminster. Invited by Andrew Lewer MP, our very own Lindsay Cunningham joined the Independent Schools Council for the Celebrating Partnerships event launching the ISC Partnerships Report 2022.

The ISC represents over 1300 independent schools in the UK and abroad which educate over half a million students every year. Combining seven school associations to bring together heads, bursars and governors, the Independent Schools Council is led by Chairman Barnaby Lenon, who spoke to guests at the event.

85% of ISC schools are in ‘mutually beneficial partnerships with state schools’. For the benefit of all children in the partnered schools, this involves sharing:

  • Expertise

  • Best practice

  • Facilities

The annual report produced by the ISC details these partnerships between independent and state schools. Varying in size from small independent schools with a student body of less than 300 to much larger, well-known establishments with over 1300 pupils, this post-pandemic report has a common theme to link them all: genuine enthusiasm of the participating heads.

Baroness Barran MBE, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Education, joined guests at The Terrace Pavilion. Sharing her expertise of the school and college system, Baroness Baran, too, took note of the post-covid world. Reflecting on the joy of face-to-face partnerships, she praised the work of school leaders and the ISC in their commitment to driving support for and engagement in lasting partnerships.

At The Educational Coach, our passion to create strong, fulfilling partnerships is guided by our belief in accessibility for all. This lies at the very heart of what we do, and we believe it is fundamental to the success of coaching. Importantly, our model reflects this.

We work with the entire staffing body, from teaching assistants and finance officers, through to heads of departments and senior leaders. To truly embed a culture of coaching within your school, everyone should have the opportunity to experience coaching.

This is why we work to ensure it’s not solely the preserve of independent schools. Ensuring a cost-effective way to bring coaching to your staff, we work remotely to provide convenient access to all.

Through our Every Conversation programme, we currently work with a number of state schools, helping them experience better quality, effective conversations. But we want to increase our partnerships with state schools. And this is where you come in.

Launching in the new year, we are excited to offer an initiative to help strengthen our ties with the state and independent sectors - with benefits for all those involved. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about our exciting new offering - and to find out how you can join in.

We never want cost to be a barrier to coaching, so get in touch to discuss how you can access coaching for all your staff.

You can read the ISC Celebrating Partnerships 2022 report here. Or find out more about school partnerships with the Independent Schools Council at

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