We have launched a good-practice guide to support schools to more effectively commission innovative services, especially those which aim to tackle educational inequality.
Commissioning Futures: A Guide for Schools aims to provide guidance to school leaders who have increasing autonomy to commission external services to help improve student outcomes. Previously, minimal guidance had been available to support schools in doing so.
Commissioning Futures incorporates a wealth of expertise and insights from headteachers, teachers, innovators, social financiers, think tanks and charities, and draws extensively on The Young Foundation’s practical experience running The Young Academy – an accelerator and investment fund for social ventures tackling educational inequality.
The guide aims to enhance school leaders’ understanding in the following areas:
- How working with external providers, particularly those offering innovative services, can help schools address the specific challenges for their school;
- Identify sources of funding to enable schools to commission services to tackle inequalities in their environments;
- The key principles and steps of effectively commissioning and implementing innovative services.