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Partnering with the education sector

​We want our work to have a long-term impact so we provide strategic support to the education sector, advising partner schools on issues around governance and financial sustainability, as well as supporting their academic achievement.

In London, we have formed a partnership with Raine’s Foundation School, which serves 700 students aged 11-19 in our local London community. Raine’s has been judged to “require improvement” by the UK’s education inspector, so we are bringing together our lawyers’ and professional support staff’s skills, as well as strategic guidance through school governors, to provide a package of support for teaching staff, pupils, governors and the wider community. This follows the successful ten-year partnership with another large secondary school close to our London office, Bethnal Green Academy (now Green Spring Academy Shoreditch), in which we supported the school’s transition from near closure to being rated the most improved school in London (second most improved school in the UK) and achieving record GCSE results.

In Qatar, A&O is working with Teach For Qatar (part of the Teach For All network) to bridge the significant gap between the top- (typically private) and bottom-performing schools by placing specially trained teaching fellows in classrooms. We have provided pro bono advice to Teach For Qatar on the local regulatory framework to establish the charity, as well as on property and employment issues.

In Indonesia, A&O has helped to launch The Sumba Hospitality School Foundation to provide education and vocational training to underprivileged young people and promote sustainable tourism on the Island of Sumba. As well as providing courses in English, the Foundation is the first organisation to focus on hospitality skills in a part of Indonesia that suffers from high rates of poverty but is starting to attract more tourism-related investment. The Foundation will help to prepare the local population for future development and provide job opportunities and sources of income.


A&O has joined the Fair Education Alliance to tackle inequality in education.  Read more here.

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