THE United Learning Trust (ULT), a schools group with a "broadly
Christian ethos", which includes private and state schools, was
praised as an exemplar of co-operation between the state and
maintained sector by the Shadow Education Secretary, Dr Tristram
Hunt, last week.
Speaking at the ULT's Walthamstow Academy, in east London, Dr
Hunt said that new regulations introduced by the next Labour
government would require all private schools to form "hard-edged"
partnerships with state schools.
Private schools would be ex- pected, "as a bare minimum", to
lend specialist teachers to state schools, and provide expertise to
help disadvantaged state-school pupils get into top
Under Labour, the current business-rate tax relief given to
private schools would be con-ditional on passing new Schools
ULT runs 13 independent schools and 38 academies. The group's
private schools are run by the United Church Schools Trust,
formerly the Church Schools Company, and the academies are
sponsored by a separate trust, United Learning.
"One only has to look at ULT's partnership to see the
potential," Dr Hunt said. "Teacher development, shared cultural and
sporting experiences, support to improve access to top universities
- joint programmes have been developed that reach across this
divide, bringing benefits to both."
The second largest schools charity involved with private and
maintained schools is the C of E Woodard Corporation. Over the past
two decades, it has pioneered co-operation between its 16
incorporated independent schools, 16 maintained schools, and five
Many of Dr Hunt's proposals are already in place, the Senior
Provost, the Revd Brendan Clover, said this week. "This sharing of
good practice improves the educational experience of all our young