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Feb
24

Dean Boyce, programme leader for HLTA and Support Staff programmes, discusses where schools can turn for more guidance on the best use of TAs, in the absence of national standards.

Feb
15

Penguin has published a new list of 100 books as part of a new Classics initiative. They will be offering secondary classroom sets of 30 copies of each of the titles for a total cost of £3,000. Simon Winder, Publishing Director, Penguin Classics said:

"We have chosen 100 books from the Penguin Classics series to continue our tradition of engaging the next generation - to surprise, provoke and delight young readers. The opportunity to work with schools to make these 100 books available to their students is a unique one and we are thrilled to be involved."

Feb
01

On the 21st of January 2016, the Secretary for Education Nicky Morgan gave a speech on her vision for education.

She referred to the Prime Minister’s recent speech on life changes that the aim in politics should be “...to give every child the chance to dream big and the tools - the character, the knowledge and the confidence that will let their potential shine brightly.”

This article is a summary of what what was covered in the speech:

Jan
30

On January 29th 2016, Secretary for Education Nicky Morgan announced that talented teachers and middle leaders are being invited to apply to join the National Teaching Service (NTS) and work in schools across the North West, which are having trouble retaining teaching professionals. The national teaching service will see 1500 of the country’s top teaching professionals matched to the schools which need them most by 2020.

Jan
29

The Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb MP, gave a speech at the end of January 2016 discussing how government reforms are developing more excellent headteachers and helping school leaders improve their schools. This article contains a brief overview of what was mentioned.

Jan
20

Last week, selected BPN staff and associates attended a Safer Recruitment in Education ‘Train the Trainer’ course. The training was run by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation on behalf of the Safer Recruitment Consortium, a partnership between the NSPCC, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, NASS and CAPE.

As a result, BPN are pleased to be able to offer schools and settings high quality, accredited safer recruitment training.

Nov
24

Nine regional winners enjoyed a tour of Parliament to celebrate their achievement, followed by the presentation ceremony. Dean Boyce from Best Practice Network welcomed the HLTAs, and guests included Professor Richard Rose (HLTA National Assessment Partnership), Brian Tytherleigh (NCTL),  Zenta Henkhuzens (DfE) and Nic Daykin (Member of Parliament and Shadow Schools Minister).

Nov
18

Best Practice Network are delighted to announce that we have been approved as a National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO) registered provider.

Our partnership with the NASEN organisation reinforces our commitent to development within the SEN sector. 

Oct
30

You will no doubt be aware that the previous (coalition) Government appointed a review panel to look into a new set of professional standards for teaching assistants. The current Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, has decided not to publish these standards.

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