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Jul
28

There are two sides to the decision to delay the introduction of the new national funding formula.

For schools in poorly funded parts of the country the delay is a crippling blow. For those in well-funded areas it is a welcome delay of the inevitable cuts that such a development will bring.

As a trustee of two multi-academy trusts, one in a well-funded district and one in a poorly funded area, the delay underlines for me the stark inequity in the funding of schools in England.

Jul
07

Participants on a pilot leadership programme in Newham have successfully completed their final day. The equality and diversity focused programme aimed to ensure that participants would:

Jun
28

The Data Dashboard is closing down on 30 September 2016 to be replaced by a new comparison tool. The Data Dashboard was designed for use by governors and members of the public as a means of understanding school performance and identifying priorities for improvement. Although the school comparison tool has ostensibly been created for the same audience, it now sharpens the focus with more detailed information reminiscent of the headlines in Raiseonline.

Jun
20

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in and supported the Bristol Dragon Boat Festival 2016. Whether you cheered from the bank, baked (and ate) cakes, paddled in the crew, helped with arrangements, or sent us good vibes on the day it was a big team effort and a great event!

We have now finished fundraising and have raised £1100 towards the The Green House charity based in Bristol.

Jun
01

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.

May
20

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.

May
20

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.

May
18

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.

May
05

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.

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