As teachers and pupils return to the classroom, schools and colleges are working hard to support their pupils following a long period of change and upheaval. To support the sector in addressing these challenges, Edge Hill University, building on its national reputation for highquality Initial Teacher Training, are working closely with new and existing partners. As part of this the University’s Faculty of Education has launched a new partnership with the Great Schools Trust. The partnership has been borne out of shared values and a dedication to improving life chances for children and young people. Edge Hill has been committed to expanding opportunity since its beginnings as the very first non-denominational teacher training college for women. This commitment is shared by the Great Schools Trust who believe that an excellent education is the cornerstone of social mobility. The partnership was launched on the September 1 when Edge Hill’s Faculty of Education hosted the Trust’s staff team at a conference celebrating the start of the new school year - the first of many such collaborations. 250 colleagues from Kings Warrington, Kings Bolton, Kings Liverpool and Kings Hawthornes in Bootle spent the day on campus exploring how to channel their strong values into actions. Combining their expertise also opens up huge educational opportunities for the Trust’s pupils and the University’s students. This starts with children being invited to campus to experience university life, opening their eyes to higher education and raising ambitions, while presenting students with valuable teacher training experience. In time the partnership will enable teachers, ITE students and university academics to work collaboratively to enhance training as well as generating ongoing CPD and research that will improve life chances for all children and young people. Edge Hill University values the input and collaborative opportunities working with schools across the region and welcomes innovative ways of enhancing existing and new partnerships.