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Dec
04

Sian Marsh, Best Practice Network’s Programme Director, Early Years, on how partnerships with parents make an amazing difference to children’s language and communication skills.

Nov
29

Sian Marsh, Director for Early Years and Initial Teacher Training, will be in China as part of the UK-China bilingual teacher training conference supported by the Department for International Trade.

Nov
26

Schools are having to get serious about how they manage their resources. Liam Donnison talks to the leader of a large cross-phase multi-academy trust about their approach to this crucial area.

Read the full article on the SecEd website.

Nov
11

The Department for Education has announced that scholarship funding is guaranteed for every eligible National Professional Qualification (NPQ) candidate aiming to start in spring 2019 who successfully applies by midday on 12 December 2018.

Oct
26

A Derby woman is celebrating after winning a national special educational needs awards at the annual nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs) awards. Karen Brownhill, communication practitioner at St Giles School in Derby, beat off tough competition from across the UK to win the Teaching and Learning Support Staff category of the awards in October.

Oct
19

Best Practice Network director Liam Donnison meets the man behind education’s data revolution, Mike Fischer.

Oct
19

Peter Rubery took a leading role in supporting two struggling local schools to improve soon after he became the CEO of a new MAT. He shares his story with Liam Donnison.

Read the full article on the SecEd website.

Oct
10

Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of primary age children has long been a burning issue for Dr Andy Hodgkinson. In this Best Practice Network blog to mark World Mental Health Day Andy reflects on the pressures children are under and ways in which school leaders can help.

Oct
10

Nursery manager Christina Noton is celebrating winning a major national title for her early years teaching skills – less than a year after gaining her early years teaching qualification.

Oct
08

Vin Osbaldeston tells Liam Donnison how vital a strong senior leadership team is to a school’s long-term success.

Read the full article on the Headteacher Update website.

Oct
03

In an education system that depends increasingly on schools working in partnership, it makes sense that the national professional skills programmes that school leaders need today should be created and delivered in the same way.

This is certainly the approach taken by Outstanding Leaders Partnership, the network of over 70 teaching school alliances, multi-academy trusts and schools that have joined together to deliver the suite of four National Professional Qualifications with the management and resources of Best Practice Network backing them up.

Sep
14

We’re very proud to announce our regional winners of the 2018 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) of the Year awards.

Aug
08

Dr Helen Saddler has been appointed the new chair of the Higher Level Teaching Assistant National Assessment Partnership (HNAP).

Jun
29

The Department for Education has allocated a £10 million fund for scholarships for eligible candidates undertaking National Professional Qualifications in school leadership.

The scholarships are available on a first come first served basis. Once the fund is exhausted no more will be available; we urge candidates to register now for NPQs in Middle Leadership, Senior Leadership, Headship and Executive Leadership in autumn 2018.

Jun
01

Best Practice Network is pleased to announce that in conjunction with the National Learning Trust we are now offering our IPQs to the international market. This means that those living abroad can complete our DfE-accredited leadership programmes without having to return to the UK.

The IPQs are available as distance learning programmes, school-based qualifications and through regional delivery hubs worldwide including London, Madrid, Dubai, Singapore and Shanghai in 2018/2019.

May
29

Best Practice Network has been confirmed as one of just three ILM approved national providers of the new Level 4 Diploma for School Business Management.

The programme, accredited by ILM, is aimed at existing and aspiring school business managers who want to enhance their leadership, management and administrative skills through a professional qualification.

May
11

The role of executive headteacher is a relatively new one and as such we are still discovering the secrets to successful MAT leadership. Kevin Simpson tells Liam Donnison how he and his team forged a successful MAT.

Read the full article on the Headteacher Update website.

May
10

Today’s school leaders are faced with the challenge of school improvement in times of tight budgets. Liam Donnison talks to Warrington head Jon Wright about his approach to this issue.

Read the full article on the SecEd website.

Apr
13

We were very pleased with the number of applications we received for the spring courses across the four National Professional Qualifications in school leadership. This was partly due to the scholarships for participants in Opportunity Areas and the Department for Education has confirmed that they expect to fund all eligible scholarships for autumn 2018 starters out of the £10m fund that was allocated at the end of 2017.

Apr
05

In preparation for the changes to data protection law under the Europe-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May 2018, Best Practice Network has updated its privacy notice.

View our privacy notice.

Apr
05

Hi, I am Ange Syson and I joined Best Practice Network in 2013. I mainly work as a group tutor and personal tutor on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training Programme in Leeds and York, but I occasionally work in other areas such as HLTA training. I have worked in education and training for twenty years. First as a special needs teacher and then I moved into Early Years when I started a family of my own. I thought that childminding would be an easy way to keep my hand in while being able to spend time with my own children.

Mar
29

The Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP) and Best Practice Network are recruiting for a team of Online Assessors for the NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH qualifications.

Mar
27

Schools across the south west, west midlands and eastern England are being urged to nominate an unsung colleague for the 2018 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) of the Year awards.

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