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Leading the international debate on school-to-school collaboration: Global Dialogue 2

29 November 2016

Education Development Trust is committed to generating quality debate around education to improve learning outcomes - which is why we organised our second Global Dialogue event on 1 November 2016.

Global Dialogue is our initiative to bring together educationalists and practitioners from different education systems around the world to share best practice in system wide reform. We believe in the power of self-improving systems and Global Dialogue is one way in which we help to make this a reality. It is a platform for collaboration and learning. It is about being open and honest. The event pushes the education debate on effective collaboration to improve outcomes one step further.

Linking up with Canada, New Zealand and Australia

We linked up once again with Canada, New Zealand and Australia bringing together respected educationalists from each jurisdiction as well as, this time, selected practitioners for an additional perspective from the field. In the UK our own CEO, Steve Munby, was joined by the leader of the Kyra Teaching Schools Alliance in Lincolnshire, Marie-Claire Bretherton while Tony Mackay, an expert in school and system leadership, improvement and innovation, facilitated the event. In Australia, Laura Rainbow and Matt Carver from Nathalia Learning Community in Victoria joined Phil Brown from the Country Education Partnership. From New Zealand, distinguished professor, Viviane Robinson joined Chris Neilson, who leads a Community of Learning in the country. From Canada, world renowned educational thinker, Michael Fullan, hosted Rodney Eckhert and Nancy Sabo, two principals from elementary schools working in partnership in Toronto.

Breaking down barriers

The international debate looked at how to break down traditional barriers to adopt a collaborative, cluster-based approach to drive up school standards. Focusing on some of the key themes that emerged from the February event, the panels discussed outcomes-focused collaboration; leadership capability for a network system; and the power and potential of middle leaders. Probing thought leadership was complemented by practitioner evidence as the panels reflected on these themes and on their own experiences of working in collaboration.

Marie-Claire Bretherton, executive headteacher and regional director at CfBT Schools Trust had this to say: 'It was a privilege to be involved in the second Global Dialogue. I really appreciated the opportunity to share what we are learning through peer review, but more importantly to be challenged to think differently and more deeply by colleagues around the world who are also building impactful collaborations.'

Schools or authorities interested in finding out more about the debate can contact: