How to use your levy for leadership development
January 19 2021
The apprenticeship levy has been with us since 2017 but there are still misconceptions about how it can be used to support professional development in schools. Tracy Clement offers some guidance
What we've learned from the Covid comeback
October 23 2020
Sian Marsh of Best Practice Network talks to Sandra Matthews of Acorns Playgroup in Harrogate about six things her setting has learned since the beginning of this autumn term – and highlights the joy of being back together again as part of an early years community.
Spring 2021 NPQ intake - registration open
October 16 2020
Due to high demand from teachers and school leaders to access NPQ scholarships in recent months, the DfE is conducting a review to assess demand against available funding. When the DfE scholarship funding position becomes clear, we will contact you if we need to discuss alternative funding options.
SEND CPD in a time of crisis
October 15 2020
The pandemic may be creating new CPD journeys for SEND professionals, but the measures of what makes effective training remain unchanged says Abigail Gray.
Drivers of good practice
October 01 2020
Applications for the new Teaching Hubs close on 30 October. Sally Bishop looks at the challenges and opportunities this new development will provide for schools.
Leadership in the time of Covid: Six lessons for headteachers
September 30 2020
A mixture of optimism and realism can help school leaders navigate their schools through a potentially challenging year ahead. Multi-academy trust CEO Nick Cross talks to Yvonne Gandy about his six key leadership lessons for the coming months.
Autumn 2020 NPQ Intake - Registration Window Re-opened Until 16 September
September 03 2020
We have re-opened the registration window for our NPQ programmes. Colleagues who were too busy to apply by the original deadline now have until 16 September to sign up for an Autumn 2020 start.
Schools can fund NPQs through apprenticeship levy following Best Practice Network appointment
July 24 2020
Schools across England will now be able to use their apprenticeship levy to cover the cost of National Professional Qualification (NPQ) leadership development programmes for middle and senior leaders.
Time to innovate as children return
July 24 2020
The latest Government guidance for children returning to nursery and pre-school contains reassuring steps in the right direction and provides scope to think about new ways to operate, says Sian Marsh of Best Practice Network and Gill Mason of Kids Planet Day Nurseries.