Educating our young people is the responsibility of the entire community, not just schools. Schools, businesses and communities form partnerships because they wish to improve outcomes for young people, and recognise that by working together, they can often achieve outcomes that would not be possible from working alone.
Partnerships can take many forms. Some are focused on students, for example supporting them with reading, or helping them prepare for the world of work, or providing a relationship with a business mentor. Others focus on broader areas, for example supporting school leadership and teacher development.
Partnerships can improve staff morale and the use of resources within schools, leading to better education outcomes for young people. Business can also experience improved staff morale, better awareness of their industry, and community recognition. Partnerships help communities to work together to solve local problems.
More Information on partnering
The following Guiding Principles for School-Business Relationships documents provide information which can help schools and businesses to develop effective and sustainable relationships.
Evaluate to Grow – Getting the most out of your school-business relationship through evaluation provides guidance on how to evaluate school-business relationships.
The final report of the Business-School Connections Roundtable Realising Potential: Businesses Helping Schools to Develop Australia’s Future (2012) describes the factors which help to establish and maintain successful partnerships, and barriers which may prevent schools and businesses from working more closely together.
Research reports on aspects of school-business relationships are also available.