The SSLP is the Southwark Schools’ Learning Partnership. It is a unique collaboration between local maintained and independent schools based in the London Borough of Southwark in South East London. The SSLP arose from a DfES/London Challenge project for cross-sector working, aimed at raising levels of students’ engagement and achievements and providing professional development for staff. It has also received financial support in the past from the Sutton Trust. It was set up in October 2003 by its then two Directors, Dr Irene Bishop CBE, the then Head of St Saviour’s & St Olave’s CE School and Marion Gibbs CBE, the then Head of James Allen’s Girls’ School. Grainne Grabowski of St Michael's Catholic College and Dr Joe Spence of Dulwich College are the current co-directors of SSLP.
The broad aims of the partnership are:
- For staff and students from schools in both sectors to work together to develop innovative practice and to share and broaden their experience in order to improve teaching and learning in the SSLP schools
- To raise student achievement by enhancing students’ involvement in their own learning and by helping teachers to develop models of highly effective teaching
- To produce research which will usefully inform the debate about factors which improve levels of achievement for students from different backgrounds in inner-city schools