Collaboration bids to improve teaching and boost student opportunities

The Cambridgeshire Educational Partnership brings together more than 20 local players from both the state and independent sectors

A new partnership has been launched in Cambridgeshire, bringing together school headteachers, education professionals and young people from across the county.

King’s Ely, Ely College and Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy combined forces to set up the Cambridgeshire Educational Partnership last autumn, and have subsequently been joined by almost a dozen other local primary and secondary schools, from both the state and independent sectors.

“Every school has something it can offer another school regardless of its size, status and performance,” said the county’s service director for education, Jonathan Lewis. “Despite a challenging financial context, every child deserves access to a diverse range of opportunities and knowledge so they can successfully transition to adulthood. The partnership will provide a fantastic opportunity to support this objective.”

The enthusiasm and willingness of leaders to work collaboratively together bodes well for the future of this new partnership

The partnership aims to:

  • Create opportunities for collaboration and dissemination of good practice within the teaching community
  • Develop, support and retain the best teachers
  • Raise the aspirations and accelerate the progress of young people
  • Provide opportunities for students from schools within the partnership to gain access to a variety of activities, including STEM, modern foreign languages, arts, and sport 

“The response from local schools has been incredible,” said Celia Etchegoyen, director of outreach at King’s Ely. “18 head teachers and senior leaders from the primary and secondary education sectors attended the launch of the partnership. The enthusiasm and willingness of leaders to work collaboratively together to enhance the opportunities for the young people of Cambridgeshire bodes well for the future of this new partnership.”

To find out more about the partnership, please contact Celia Etchegoyen by emailing

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