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Chris Kirk, director of CJK Associates, gives us a rundown on collaboration models and how to make them work for your trust.

We wrote this article with help from Chris Kirk, a consultant who works with trusts. 

Reasons to collaborate

The reasons below won't all be new to you, but it's worth pointing them out. Use them to get buy-in from your staff to set up collaborations across your trust.  

Make use of the best expertise across your trust. With a wider pool of staff you can take advantage of the most experienced and skilled. For example: Inspiration Trust told us that a school or individual often volunteers to run a session in an area of strong practice which the trust then shares widely across other schools   Manage and reduce workload by sourcing strategies and resources collectively. For example: Compass Partnerships Trust told us that during the COVID-19 lockdown, all year 1 teachers collaborated to create online resources that the trust disseminated to all year 1 pupils Increase your capacity to make research and evidence-based changes. Create working