NPQSL graduate Adam Rashud shares his efforts to create a self sustaining school CPD system.


We’re proud to announce our regional winners of the 2016 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) of the Year awards.

The winners in the South West, West Midlands and East of England regions - where Best Practice Network is the assessment provider for the HLTA programme - will now go to the national awards ceremony in London in November when the national winner will be chosen from nine regional finalists.

Many congratulations and best of luck to them all as we look forward to the national ceremony.


The recently published standards for teacher professional development put in place a much needed framework for teaching schools and training providers to work with.

It also clarified things for all who work in our schools, spelling out exactly what they should expect from professional development. The key messages from these standards, which I won’t repeat as they can be read elsewhere, won’t be a surprise to anyone.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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.


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