Bedales contributes to Number 10 discussions
In his final week as headmaster of Bedales, Keith Budge attended a discussion at 10 Downing Street on how to encourage partnerships between schools in the independent and maintained sectors, and how best these can be supported by the Government.
The meeting was hosted by Secretary of State for Education, the Right Honourable Damian Hinds MP. Lord Theo Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, James Marshall of the Number 10 Policy Unit and Heads from other leading independent schools also attended together with representatives from the Independent Schools’ Council, Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference and Department for Education.
Bedales has been involved in a number of school partnership initiatives, most recently with the Bohunt Education Trust.
Keith Budge commented: “It was a privilege to contribute to such high level discussions about what works, and how the Government can help create optimum conditions for partnerships to flourish. Schools have much to learn from each other, regardless of sector. What is important is that both parties share an appetite to learn and to improve the life chances of young people, and that both contribute and benefit from working together. It also helps if they enjoy collaborating and there is some personal chemistry between key staff.”