As we start the new year afresh having spent quality time with our families, we are very aware that there are many in need around the world. With the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen devastating families, we have responded to the DEC's appeal for donations to provide food, water and supplies. The £500 Best Practice Network generated was matched and gift-aided through the Big Give's Christmas Challenge to make a total of £1,125.
Best Practice Network’s use of online learning in its programmes for school leaders has been recognised at the internationally recognised Learning Technologies Awards.
BPN received the bronze award for its work on the National Professional Qualifications for School Leaders in the best blended learning project in the public and non-profit sector category at the awards evening, held in London last week.
BPN was recognised along with some of the leading international names in the learning technology world, including Barclays, Oxford University Press, Siemens and Tesco.
The DfE has released the feedback from the 2015-16 participants in the Leadership Equality and Diversity programmes. BPN led a programme in Newham with the Learning in Harmony Trust. Headteachers remarked on the success of the programme for their leaders:
Best Practice Network's regional winners joined other winners from around the country in London for a tour of the Houses of Parliament and a presentation of the awards by Chair of HNAP Professor Richard Rose. Joint presenter MP Andrew Mitchell, spoke eloquently about the dedication and commitment of the regional winners and the tremendous contribution that education makes towards a better the world.
At Best Practice Network we have used the Standard for teachers’ professional development (2016) to review how our professional development programmes and qualifications are planned, structured, delivered and evaluated.
The fourth annual Higher Level Teaching Assistant of the Year awards were crowned with a national ceremony in Westminster this week.
Lincolnshire Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Sue Brown - the East Midlands region winner - was awarded the Outstanding HLTA of the Year title. She was presented with a trophy and a framed certificate by MP Andrew Mitchell.
I have been thinking again recently about how to provide the most valuable and enriching approaches to professional development in the early years. This was sparked by a visit with our EYITT tutors to Early Excellence in London where we were welcomed so warmly and had the opportunity to see and discuss many inspiring arrangements of equipment and resources for the early years.
Best Practice Network work has again this year helped to support Crisis at Christmas by sponsoring 20 places. This will provide 20 homeless people with hot meals including Christmas dinner, a chance to shower and get clean clothes, a health check and information about Crisis’ year round services for training and support.
It’s time that policy makers and some parts of the media took the time to understand the drivers of school performance. Organisational structures continue to remain a focus - the latest example is grammar schools, but we have had countless other attempts over the years to pretend that structure is what drives improvement.