Partnership in the Primary School: Working in Collaboration

Partnership in the Primary School: Working in Collaboration

Partnership in the Primary School: Working in Collaboration

Partnership in the Primary School: Working in Collaboration

Synopsis

This text provides a practical, readable account of partnerships in educational settings. It focuses on key principles of collaboration as well as specialist roles, and illustrates the various aspects of teamwork with testimonies and case studies.

Excerpt

Jean Mills

This opening chapter deliberately focuses on nursery education, not just because there is increasing discussion of provision for under-fives by politicians and the media, nor because a nursery may be the first experience for a child of formal education. It is primarily because, by the nature of their organisation, nurseries, often provide models for working in partnership both within the school and beyond. Thus, this section is presented as a microcosm for the rest of the book. Here there will be a description of a range of initiatives and patterns of working that exist within (arguably) the smallest unit in the school system. Later in the book the focus will be on separate issues in separate schools.

Secondly, nurseries operated in teams long before it was common practice in primary schools. Within a relatively small physical environment, they involve a range of adults, including teachers, nursery nurses, students on placement and outside professionals, who cannot fail to be aware of each other’s practice and the need to work co-operatively. What does this mean for different nurseries? How does a headteacher capitalise on these kinds of demands for the benefit of the children? What are the implications for relationships with parents, and others outside the school? At this point let us turn to Parkway Nursery School and to see how one institution and its headteacher, Mrs Andrews, has met these challenges.

parkway nursery school

Parkway is a seventy place (or unit) nursery school in an inner city area of a large city. It is housed in a modern, purpose-built building, surrounded by grassy open spaces, post-war council

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