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An education in federation

Since forming a federation with a nearby infant school, Roy Souter says his junior school hasn’t looked back. Here, he sets out the advantages of forging such a partnership, but warns that communication is key

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It is the end of a long week and there is a parent sitting in front of you, begging to take their child on holiday during term time. This is against school policy, but the situation is complicated – the infant school down the road has already agreed to allow the child’s younger sibling the time off, which makes it harder for you, the head of the junior school, to justify your decision.

Until five years ago, this is the type of situation that I and the head of our neighbouring infant school kept finding ourselves in. No matter how closely we worked together, there always seemed to be mismatched ...

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