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					School Improvement Service

                              14-19 Learner Entitlement Partnership
                              Example Memorandum of Understanding
1. Scope
This Memorandum of Understanding concerns the relationship between the partners listed below, co-
operating in the context of the …….. 14-19 Partnership.
Providers
   List of partners
Other Organisations
   List of other organisations
The memorandum sets out the function, overall aims, general responsibilities, management and
accountabilities, and is intended to act as a point of reference for all members of the partnership.
2. Function
The function of the …….. Partnership is to:
   Plan and establish strategies for collaboration within the ……. area;
   Work together to analyse current and on-going provision;
   Plan and co-ordinate the provision that takes into account issues such as collaborative
     timetabling and transport arrangements ;
   Develop appropriate resources to support learners including a common prospectus and Common
     Application Process, and assessment and monitoring arrangements;
   The common purpose underlying the activities of the Partnership is to raise educational
     standards, improve access to learning, personalise provision, and to promote the five Every Child
     Matters outcomes, through delivery of high quality education and education-related services;
   Take collective responsibility for applied/vocational provision for 14-19 learners, within the
     partnership and specifically for the diploma line entitlement;
   Ensure that the aims and activities of the Partnership are consistent with, and complement, those
     of the Every Child Matters agenda;
   Monitor the Partnership’s performance through a process of self-evaluation and peer review.
3. Overall aims
    The …………. Partnership’s over-arching aim is to raise standards and improve outcomes for
      learners. Within that, it should:
   Provide a shared vision for staff and learners at the partner institutions;
   Foster an ethos of success and achievement among learners, staff and the wider community;
   Share knowledge, resources and skills;
   Develop new directions in teaching and learning;
   Establish the conditions for continuous improvement in standards in education;
   Create a sustainable long-term partnership;
   Work with other designated partners within the ……….. 14-19 Partnership to make collective
      provision for access to the 14-19 Learner Entitlement including the 17 Diploma learning lines;
   Broaden or add depth to teacher skills through CPD and where appropriate jointly-funded
      staffing appointments;
   Ensure that funding follows learners;
   Seek opportunities to appropriately synchronise timetables for the benefit of providing increased
      flexibility, choice, and access opportunities for learners;
   Through appropriate methods, support the provision of independent, impartial, objective, local
      access to information advice and guidance for all learners;
   Focus diploma and curriculum leadership, where appropriate, on Specialist School/College and
      COVE status.
In performing these responsibilities, the Partnership will:
    Comply with all applicable legislation;

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    Pay proper regard to the statutory duties of the Local Authority and Learning & Skills Council
      Lincolnshire & Rutland;
    Pay proper regard to relevant legislation, formal guidance, codes of practice and national
      policies.

5. The Local Authority’s general responsibilities
    The Local Authority will support the Partnership’s performance of its responsibilities, and in
      particular will use its position to encourage the co-operation of all the organisations within the
      Partnership;
    The Local Authority will provide to the Partnership any data it holds which is reasonably required
      by the Partnership for the performance of its responsibilities;
    The Local Authority will consult the Partnership about the development of education and
      education related services where appropriate;
    Where possible, the Local Authority will aim to provide appropriate advice, guidance, financial
      and physical resources to help the Partnership achieve its aims;
    The Local Authority will retain responsibility for its statutory duties;
    The Local Authority will not have any responsibilities in respect of the day-to-day operational
      issues, inputs and processes of the Partnership.

6. Management and Accountability
   A Strategy Group for the ……….. Partnership will be established and will comprise:

Head/Principal from each of the partner schools, FE provider(s)and a representative from the Local
Authority (School Improvement Service). This will amount to a maximum of ……. people. Where the
appointed chair is not a member of the aforementioned groups, they will stand as an independent and
the Group will number ………….

7 Performance Management - Monitoring and Evaluation
    The Strategy Group will have responsibility for monitoring and reviewing the performance of
      the 14-19 Partnership;
    The Strategy Group will undertake a process of self evaluation and peer review by which it will
      benchmark itself against one or more other partnerships, and measure performance against
      objective criteria and proven models of good practice;
    The Strategy Group will create and maintain close links between peer partners to facilitate
      learning and propagate good practice;
    Each member of the Strategy Group accepts that meeting the overall aims outlined in section
      3 of this document is the responsibility of the Strategy Group collectively. Each member
      accepts that it will make every reasonable effort towards the achievement of these aims;
    Where the Strategy Group fails to meet all or any of these overall aims, it will take prompt and
      adequate measures to rectify or improve its performance so as to meet the relevant aims as
      soon as can reasonably be expected.
Name of Partner Organisation …………………………………………………

Authorised Signature …………………………………………………

Name (Please Print)………………………………………………….

Position in Organisation………………………………………………….

Date   …………………………………………


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