Raising Standards: Opening Doors. Developing Links between Schools and Their Communities.

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This British publication offers guidance to help schools open up the use of their premises and facilities and to enhance their links with the local community. It highlights the benefits of partnership and offers real examples of the type of activity which is already undertaken in many schools and how it is organised and funded. Also covered are the legal aspects of community use of school property arrangements such as ownership of the premises and the agreements, giving control to others, the roles of local education authorities and governor's duties, and operating childcare in schools. Final sections address practical aspects of community use of school property including health and safety, security, fire safety, public entertainment and other licenses, and maintenance. Appendices highlight ownership aspects of school premises, provide an example of a transfer of control agreement, and present a list of useful contacts.
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