Twilight Seminar on Building Effective Clusters, Partnerships and Networks

by | Apr 30, 2017 | Bush Voices

The Country Education Partnership, is pleased to be offering a Twilight Seminar focusing on the growing role that clusters, partnerships, networks, communities of practice are having in enhancing learning opportunities and improving education outcomes for children and young people within education.

An initiative developed by the Rural Youth Ambassadors throughout 2016, this twilight seminar will see two internationally recognised educators, Mr Tom Bentley and Ms Maggie Farrar share their experiences and knowledge as to the impact that clusters and partnerships have on education provision within todays world.

The seminar will also hear from education clusters, partnerships and networks that have enhanced the learning they provide through working collaboratively together.

The Twilight Seminar will be hosted at the Bastow Institute for Educational Leadership and will be “beamed out” through it extensive video link network via polycom – so you can be involved in this discussion wherever you are.

During this workshop both Tom and Maggie will explore a number of areas including:

  • why clusters and partnership provide a key strategy in enhancing learning opportunities and improving education outcomes;
  • developing effective clusters and partnerships to enhance learning opportunities;
  • the learnings gained from effective clusters and partnerships;
  • consideration of the key elements and aspects of high performing clusters and partnerships, and what areas could limit the effectiveness of clustering and partnering;
  • building sustainability within clusters and partnerships.

The details of the Twilight Seminar are:

Date:     Monday, 8th May

Times:   5.00pm until 6.30pm

Location:   The Twilight Seminar will be based at Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership and “beamed out” through polycom.

More Information:   Click on the following link for a flier: Twilight Seminar May 2017   or contact us by emailing

About the Speakers:

Maggie Farrar:

Maggie comes with extensive experience, knowledge and skills in the development and implementation of effective clusters and partnerships to enhance learning opportunities for children and young people.

She is best known for her role as a senior leader at the National College for School Leadership in the UK serving as the Director for Leadership Development, Community Leadership, Research and Succession Planning for ten years and also as interim Chief Executive, where she played a strong leadership role in the establishment of Learning Alliances, Teaching Schools and Academy Partnerships within England.

In recent years Maggie has been working across a number of states of Australia supporting education communities and education sectors in developing collaborative approaches to enhancing teaching and learning.

She is highly skilled in working with clusters of schools and school / community partnership groups to secure more effective collaboration and to build locality leadership capacity to achieve sustainable impact.

Tom Bentley:

Tom Bentley is a writer and policy adviser based in Melbourne.

He is principal adviser to the Vice Chancellor at RMIT, where leads the Policy and Impact Team. He is an honorary senior fellow at Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education.

From 2007-13 he was Deputy Chief of Staff and senior policy adviser to Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia 2010-13 and Education Minister 2007-2010. From 1999-2006 he was Director of Demos, an independent think tank based in London.

He has advised institutions around the world including the OECD, The Gates Foundation and the Copenhagen Business School. His recent publications include Educating Australia: Challenges for the Decade Ahead (with Glenn Clifton Savaage, MUP 2017), The shared work of learning: using collaboration to lift educational achievement (with Ciannon Cazaly, Mitchell Institute, 2015) and Time for a new consensus: fostering Australia’s comparative advantages (with Jonathan West, Griffith Review 2016).