Case studies on ages 14-19

Here is a list of all the case studies on commissioning for ages 14-19:


  • Next Practice in System Leadership – Biddenham Queen’s Park (35 KB)

    Biddenham Queens Park (BQP) is an informal collaboration of three schools serving a multi cultural and relatively deprived community on the outskirts of Bedford. The three schools work together with the children’s centre to offer a range of services, including education.The vision that unites BQP is a desire to bring coherence to the experiences of pupils and families in the locality, working together to try to help families to overcome significant barriers.

  • Next Practice in System Leadership – Central Leeds Learning Federation (37 KB)

    The Central Leeds Learning Federation was established in September 2005 in a move to address significant and persistent levels of educational underachievement, disadvantage and low expectations amongst students attending two inner city high schools. Central Leeds Learning Federation set out to develop, through extensive consultation with stakeholder groups across the schools and in the local community, a new governance and leadership structure to serve the Federation.

  • Next Practice in System Leadership – Chichester Community Alliance (36 KB)

    Chichester Community Alliance has a nursery school, a children’s centre and two primary schools which together serve around 800 families in central Chichester. The Alliance extends beyond education to include health, social services, the police and voluntary organizations. The Community Alliance was conceived as a way of providing strategic direction for the integration of children’s services in the area and grew from a project that had its roots in Sure Start. The purpose of the Community Alliance is to explore models of leadership and governance that will provide a fit for purpose vehicle for providing efficient and effective services to families in a multi agency setting.

  • Commissioning of schools (The Learning Trust, Hackney) (56 KB)

    Hackney had three negative Ofsted inspections during the 1990s, which led to a DfES intervention. The Learning Trust was established to take statutory responsibility for education from the local authority as a special purpose, not-for-profit vehicle for delivery, with the council adopting a “watching brief” on school organisation. Education staff were transferred under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) into the new organisation, which started in 2002, for a minimum of ten years. The current chief executive of The Learning Trust is also the council’s statutory director of children’s services, and thus has responsibility for the Children’s Trust. Therefore, although this is a rather different set of circumstances to most other local authorities, the leadership of change nevertheless combines all of education and children’s services at a local level.

  • Commissioning of schools (Lincolnshire) (51 KB)

    Lincolnshire has 282 primary schools and 62 secondary schools and traditionally had very mixed educational standards in some good and excellent schools. But Lincolnshire also had areas of significant underachievement. The local authority had already engaged in one of the largest, longest-running and most successful commissioning of education services when it entered into a ten-year public-private partnership with the CfBT Education Trust in 2002 to support school improvement. This has given Lincolnshire a national reputation for raising standards. The partnership has since expanded to include a range of other services, including music services. In 2009, three years before the contract was due for negotiation, the county council extended it to 2017 on existing terms.

  • Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, Services for Children and Young People - Participation Project (139 KB)

    The Participation Project, provided by the national charity Action for Children (AfC), works directly with young people as part of the Borough’s Children’s Participation Network (CPN) to deliver participation for Tameside’s CYPSP. This has ensured that children and young people are involved in the design of services in a way that meets quality standards and best practice guidelines.

  • Involving children and young people in the Children's trust board (Bedford Borough Council) (38 KB)

    This case study relates how young people are being represented on the Children’s Trust Board in Bedford and how board meetings have been changed to make them accessible for young people.

  • Next Practice in System Leadership – Cumbria Furness (39 KB)

    Social and economic challenges have encouraged schools and colleges to build strategically on existing collaborative arrangements in order to ensure that transformation in learning also contributed significantly towards better social and economic outcomes for the communities they served.

  • When to share information: Best practice guidence for everyone working in the youth Justice Programme (1017 KB)

    Department of health cross governmental iniiative, best practice case studies to identify how information is used to ensure improved outcomes for children and young people.

  • Evaluation of Adolescent Multi-Agency Support Service (AMASS) Islington (120 KB)

    Evaluation of Adolescent Multi-Agency Support Service (AMASS), Islington.The primary aims of AMASS are to support families to enable young people to remain at home or in foster placement, and to improve outcomes for young people.