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.

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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.


Teaching assistants are a major part of the schools workforce today, with around 240,000 working in England’s schools and 10 per cent of the education budget spent on employing them each year.

But there have for some time been concerns that TAs aren’t always used as effectively as they could and should be.


The government has sounded the starting gun on academy status for all schools, but don’t be tempted to rush to a decision, says Best Practice Network’s Jeff Hart.


Multi-Academy Trusts, or MATs, are now a familiar feature of the school landscape. By summer 2015 there were 846 across England, compared to under 400 in March 2011.


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