In recent years, the principle of networking and collaboration has become more prevalent and more widely studied in education. Most research to date has been carried out in urban contexts. However, it can be argued that, for school improvement in rural areas, their specific circum- stances make collaboration imperative. In this article, we discuss a Federation of rural schools as a case study of collaboration in rural areas. Collaboration was found to have major advan- tages in terms of widening provision and opportunities for learners and allowing schools to address vulnerable groups more effectively. However, some troublesome issues of power and equity remain in the collaborative and its relations to the broader area.
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