We are delighted that the DfE has used two Best Practice Network case studies on the Early Years ITT website.

Excellent feedback

Early Years Teacher Status is now in its second year - 293 of the first birth to five specialist teachers trained with Best Practice Network. We are also delighted to have had excellent feedback:


The National College for Teaching and Leadership will shortly be offering a new round of scholarship funding for the School Business Manager Qualifications, which are now accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management.

The forthcoming window will offer aspiring and current business managers the opportunity to access a £500-£700 subsidy towards the cost of these qualifications, but will only be open for a short period of time.


HLTA Josie Wilkinson recently celebrated her school's success at the SGO National Summit Awards 2014 in the category of 'Outstanding Change4Life Sports Club delivery.'  Josie gained HLTA status with Best Practice Network and the HLTA National Assessment Partnership, with PE as her area of expertise.


We have now had over 60 people graduate on the HLTA Where Next L5 Leadership Qualification and have received some amazing feedback letting us know what a positive impact the course is having on HLTA’s and the people they work with.

However, we have decided to rename the HLTA Where Next? Leadership Development Programme to the Level 5 Leadership Qualification. Having HLTA and Where Next? speaks to HLTAs, however we think the programme has a wider reach and is relevant for other staff such as early years practitioners and administrators.


I remember doing my NPQH way back in 2003, the joy of being with like-minded professionals eager to develop, the thrill of learning new ways of doing things, the anxiety of that final assessment! The trouble was, I only met with these folks either on the face-to-face days or the occasional meeting with my study group.

What kept me going was the ability to use the discussion networks on the National College website so I could get some feedback on my own thoughts from colleagues and get some solutions for the issues I faced.


Higher Level Teaching Assistant status this year celebrates 10 years of professional development and support for schools. BPN is very proud to have been involved in the training, preparation and assessment of HLTAs since the national roll out in 2004, contributing significantly to the 45,000 plus HLTAs who have gained the status through external verification.


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