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Genuine Partnerships and Rotherham Charter Services


Available to: All maintained and academy schools, colleges and services.

As follows: Annual agreement - academic or financial year, or with prior agreement pay as used.

Service description

Genuine Partnerships has earned a national reputation for working with schools, settings, services and Local Areas to support equal partnership working with parent carers, children and young people through the Rotherham Charter principles, now known as the Four Cornerstones of Co-production:

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in order to build TRUST.

Genuine Partnerships has grown out of the Rotherham Charter and is our national name.

There is a wealth of evidence to show that working in partnership in this way generates a positive organisational ethos that brings better outcomes for children, young people and families. It involves everyone with a responsibility under section 19 of the Children and Families Act 2014, the 2014 SEND Code of Practice, and/or those considering Ofsted / CQC joint Local Area inspection. Our Genuine Partnerships model has been adopted as best practice by the Department for Education’s national SEND contractors.

Our team is friendly, made up of skilled practitioners, parents and carers, and young people, who have a diverse range of experiences. Whether you are a school, college, setting, service or provider we can work with you to further develop engagement and involvement at a range of levels.

We offer training, action research and bespoke packages of support. The most popular, and recommended, is our Gold Accreditation Inclusive package which involves support over time to achieve Accreditation.

Achieving Charter Gold Accreditation is recognition not only of what you offer as an organisation, but also your journey of self-improvement. It is acknowledgement that the ethos and systems you have in place are both embedded and robust, and support the emotional wellbeing of the whole school/setting/service community.

The way the team works uniquely models co-production. Trained and experienced practitioner representatives, parent carers and young people jointly deliver all our packages of training packages and support, including the recommended Gold Accreditation Package.

A new electronic self-evaluation tool Charter Promise is also available on subscription.

Service details

Option 1 - Charter Gold Accreditation Inclusive package of support

Highly recommended for schools, settings and colleges. Enabling and celebrating excellent practice, the package includes: access to the Charter Promise self-evaluation tool, whole school training, consultations and support, help with action planning, an appreciative inquiry day gathering feedback from parent carers, children and young people, detailed reports, Gold Accreditation and report, invitation to Gold Celebration Event and access to Charter User Group.

2 Year package @ £1,500 per annum - £3,000 total.

Option 2 - Bespoke Gold Accreditation Inclusive option for service providers

Agreed charge depending upon size and needs.

If you do not wish to purchase one of the inclusive packages (Option 1 and 2) all at once, individual elements can be purchased.

Option 3 - Charter Promise Self-Evaluation online tool.

Register annually to subscribe to the updated electronic Charter self-evaluation tool plus informal telephone or email consultation. Your member login will allow you access to the tool and enable the Charter team to see your progress as you build your portfolio.

£150 per annum

Option 4 - Charter First Steps 2 day training package

Aimed at schools, settings and colleges wanting to co-create a better model of partnership working. For one staff member and one parent carer or young person (£60 per person per day). Day 1 and Day 2 are about 4 weeks apart to allow developments to begin. The cost of this course is deductible from the Charter Gold Accreditation Inclusive package (Option 1)


Option 5 - Gold Accreditation only

Including preparatory consultation, full day process, Gold Accreditation report and invitation to Gold Celebration Event.


Option 6 - Charter Gold Re-accreditation

Further support to achieve Charter Gold Re-accreditation every 3 years. This package includes Charter Promise log-on, annual training session, Charter User Group, annual Charter Gold event and telephone or email consultation.

£150 annual subscription

Option 7 - Appreciative Inquiry full day (for schools, settings and colleges)

Touring the school/setting/college gathering feedback from parent carers, children and young people through focus groups plus detailed feedback report and consultation to help with action planning that will embed the Charter principles in systems, policy and therefore everybody’s practice.


Option 8 - Bespoke Appreciative Inquiry for Service Providers

Agreed charge depending upon size and needs.

Option 9 - Advice and Consultation Support

For e-mail/telephone advice and termly consultation to support the school, setting, college or service in taking active steps to develop practice and gather the evidence they need for Gold Accreditation.

£350 per annum

Option 10 - Whole staff Rotherham Charter training session

Half day (min) £375

Twilight (min) £250

(Charges dependent on numbers)

Option 11 - Full day personalised whole staff training session from Genuine Partnerships; menu of training programmes from £600

Bespoke options are also possible, taking into account good practice already evident and the individual needs of schools, settings, colleges and service providers.

Get in touch

Contact: Eva Ogden

Telephone: 01709 254793