In my blog on 3 March I confirmed what we intimated at CPRT’s national conference in November: the Trust is closing but we have negotiated arrangements for securing its legacy and enabling interested groups and individuals to continue the CPR/CPRT-inspired work they have started. I can now provide further details.
CPRT has ceased trading as a not-for-profit company and during the next two months will wind up its affairs.
- Some CPRT regional networks may wish to continue their good work, and we hope they will, though they won’t be doing so under the banner of CPRT.
- The CPRT Schools Alliance is disbanded as a CPRT entity, but some Alliance schools will wish, under different auspices, to maintain the regional and national links they have forged and the activities they have initiated. Again, we encourage them to do so.
- There is one more CPRT publication in the pipeline and we’ll tell you about this when it appears.
- The CPRT website will remain live for at least the next two years in order that its resources continue to be universally available. There may even be the occasional post and update.
- The combined physical and electronic archive of the Cambridge Primary Review and the Cambridge Primary Review Trust has been lodged permanently in the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York, with access for bona fide researchers. The collection includes CPR/CPRT publications, committee papers, media coverage and official correspondence and much else, and is a rich – and vast – research resource. Find out more here.
The agreement between CPRT and the Chartered College of Teaching (CCoT) has now been ratified.
- A smaller but still substantial archive, containing electronic copies of all CPR and CPRT reports and briefings and many other publications, is in the process of being copied to CCoT where it will have inaugural pride of place on the ‘knowledge platform’ through which CCoT aims to support evidence-informed practice. CCoT will curate the CPR/CPRT publications bank; that is to say, they will sort, index and link our material to other evidence on the knowledge platform, and they will actively promote it as a key resource for thinking primary teachers and their schools.
- Those who are not teachers or CCoT members will still be able to access CPR/CPRT publications via either the CPRT website or the Borthwick Institute.
- Teachers on CPRT’s mailing list, who work in CPRT Schools Alliance schools, or are associated with CPRT regional networks, may apply to become Founding Members of the College at a preferential rate. Find out about CCoT membership here.
- In addition to the advertised benefits of membership of England’s new national professional body, including of course access to the knowledge platform, members will be offered generous discounts on the two CPR publications that are not available electronically – Children, their World, their Education and The Cambridge Primary Review Research Surveys . They will also be able freely to download Primary Curriculum 2014 , which hitherto has been available only as a hard copy purchase. We are grateful to Routledge and Pearson for these offers.
- A group drawn from three of CPRT’s regional networks has been exploring possibilities for a new network, possibly under the auspices of CCoT, which itself will be encouraging and supporting such ventures. Anyone interested in joining this group should contact Julia Flutter.
- Julia – formerly of CPR and CPRT and now on the staff of CCoT – has also offered to handle any questions about the CCoT membership offer and opportunities for post-CPRT networking.