Skip to content

Partner Benefits

20 March 2023 Collaboration Event

Exploring Area-Based School Partnerships

Red Kite Alliance colleagues from 35 schools attended our networking event to learn more about the benefits that membership of our alliance brings and the importance of collaboration.  

About the Event

  • Professor Mel Ainscow and Dr Paul Armstrong shared the findings of their research project on Area-Based School Partnerships, for which Red Kite Alliance has been a contributor.  The project, being undertaken with colleagues from the Manchester Institute of Education (at the University of Manchester), explores the evolution and efficacy of area-based partnership across different regions of England.  
  • Colleagues learnt more about the benefits of alliance membership and had the opportunity to meet the team supporting provision across our Red Kite Education strands of Alliance, Teacher Training (SCITT) and Teaching School Hub.
  • Through guided table discussions colleagues shared their schools’ journeys and success stories with Red Kite, as well as enjoy the opportunity to network with their alliance peers.


3.45 - 4.10


4.10 - 4.15

Welcome by Sue Lewis, Director of Red Kite Alliance

4.15 - 4.50

Exploring Area-Based School Partnerships with Prof Mel Ainscow and Dr Paul Armstrong

4.50 - 5.00

Top up refreshments

5.00 – 5.30

Stronger Together: Your Alliance Benefits Explained! 

5.30 - 6.00

Table Discussions and Case Studies

6.00 - 6.15

Plenary by Richard Sheriff, Chair of the RKA Steering Group



Mel Ainscow photo 2020

Paul Armstrong

Mel Ainscow

Mel Ainscow is Emeritus Professor, University of Manchester, Professor of Education, University of Glasgow, and Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology. A long-term consultant to UNESCO, he is internationally recognized as an authority on the promotion of inclusion and equity in education. He has recently completed collaborative research projects with networks of schools in Australia, Chile, Uruguay and five European countries. Examples of his writing can be found in: ‘Struggles for equity in education: the selected works of Mel Ainscow’ (Routledge World Library of Educationalists series). In the Queen’s 2012 New Year Honours list, Mel was made a CBE for services to education.

Paul Armstrong

Paul Armstrong is Senior Lecturer in Education, Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester. His research interests concern contemporary forms of educational leadership and management and professional collaboration between educators. Paul has over 17 years’ experience in education research leading on national and international projects and publishing across a number of areas including educational improvement, networking, leadership, management and policy.

Red Kite Education

Red Kite Alliance is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

Red Kite Alliance uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. For optimal performance please accept cookies. For more information please visit our cookies policy.

Accept and close