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IPLCN Collaborative

The IPLCN – Inspirational Professional Learning Community Network

“Because they’re ALL our children”


Hamer school has a long term history of collaboration involving events for our children and support, challenge and rigour in terms of self-evaluation.

An Annual Events Calendar is compiled each year and different partnership schools take responsibility for organising and hosting different events.  There are 12 primary Schools in the IPLCN Collaborative:



Springside Special School

Marland Hill

Stanley Rd (Oldham)







St Andrews



Hamer takes responsibility for organising the Annual School Councils event at Ashworth Valley where the school councils of each partnership school take part in outdoor learning and forest schools activities run by the Hamer HLTA team. The Hamer Sports Leader also organises an annual trip to Sheffield Stadium to raise aspiration for gifted and talented sports people.  Other schools take responsibility for organising intra-collaborative sporting tournaments such as Girls Football and Boys Football, Hockey, Netball Tournaments, cycling event, Dance and Music Festivals, Gifted and Talented Maths club. Hamer School takes full advantage of these so that our children are encouraged to meet with a wide range of children all with a social and professional stake in the Rochdale Community.


Additionally, in terms of school to school support and professional development, since 2014, Hamer has worked in an Evaluation Triad with two partnership schools.  Stanley Rd School in Oldham and Marland Hill School in Rochdale.  The Headteachers of the three schools take part in an Annual review and evaluation of teaching and learning and check the performance data of each other’s school to ensure that schools are evaluating and prioritising their development planning in precise and measured ways.  Marland Hill is an outstanding school and the Headteacher has LLE (Local Leader of Education) Status which helps to add objective rigour to the process for all three schools.  The three schools share practice regularly and provide support to each other as we progress on our unique journeys together.  As a result of the school improvement work undertaken in the evaluation triad created between Hamer, Stanley Rd and Marland, a protocol for visits was established and shared with the wider network of IPLCN schools so that in 2017, each school now forms part of an evaluation triad.


We actively seek to support and challenge each other in our schools with the collaborative vision statement at the heart of all we do:


“Because they are ALL our children.”