In 2015 we saw Josie Wilkinson (West Midlands) and Jenny Boyce (South West) along with 7 other regional winners travel to London to attend the Outstanding HLTA of the Year Awards. The HLTA National Assessment Partnership (HNAP) HLTA of the Year award is aimed at teaching assistants who have gained HLTA status and who go above and beyond to demonstrate the vital role which HLTAs play within schools.

Best Practice Network is now welcoming nominations for the HLTA of the Year 2016 from the West Midlands, South West and the East of England.


Last month Anna Watson, a Childminder from the Southampton area and Personal Tutor for Best Practice Network’s Early Years Initial Teacher Training, achieved her second Ofsted "Outstanding" grading. She has shared her experience with us.


Plans to force all schools to become academies by 2022 failed to make this week’s Queen’s Speech, confirming one of the speediest and most dramatic policy U-turns in recent months. But school leaders need to avoid using this development as an excuse to put their heads back in the sand on academisation.


Best Practice Network is very pleased to announce that we have taken on the role of HLTA Provider of Preparation across the East of England region and also in that region, the role of HLTA Regional Provider of Assessment on behalf of the HLTA National Assessment Partnership.

In addition we will be extending the work started by the Eastern Leadership Centre in providing opportunities for HLTA candidates, past, present and future, to gain a level 4 qualification alongside gaining HLTA status.


What’s the first thing you think about when someone mentions online and children?

Usually it’s a negative with visions of a dark shadowy world full of cyberbullies and predators. I’ve battled against the dark side since 1998 when, as an outraged teacher, I sought to get involved with cleaning up the web. I’m sure you have similar concerns.


Join Best Practice Network and Prima Learning Trust on Wednesday the 27th April from 5pm to 6pm for a free webinar to discuss the 'Educational Excellence Everywhere’ white paper and the implications of mass academisation.

Register for the webinar


Lighting up Young Brains has a wonderful resonance. It is the title of the recent Save the Children report and sums up so aptly what we are aiming to achieve with our children in the early years.

Nurseries, childminders, nursery schools and pre-schools aren’t just providing safe places while parents are at work.

They aren’t just giving young children opportunities to develop independence and mix with and share people and resources with other young children.


Best Practice Network joined Womankind Worldwide supporters and activists at the Houses of Parliament to celebrate International Woman’s Day and to look ahead and #PledgeForParity, for equal gender representation – Planet 50-50.

A key learning tool on display was Suffragette Roulette, where scenarios from both developed and developing countries highlighted the struggle faced by all women who want to have their say, as well as the work Womankind Worldwide are doing to support, guide and facilitate opportunities. Have a go online and let us know how you get on. If you would like Suffragette Roulette to visit your school, please email Rosey Ellum.


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 and 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 then National College virtual learning environment so I could get some feedback on my own thoughts from colleagues and get some solutions for the issues I faced.


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