Apr
12

NPQ scholarship funding to continue for the autumn 2019 intake

Scholarship funding for leadership NPQs is available to candidates working in schools that sit within Category 5 and 6 areas. The funding is limited so we are advising all candidates to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. You do not apply for the scholarship funding yourself - we will apply for the scholarship once we have received your application. In the unlikely event that funding runs out candidates may withdraw without incurring any cancellation fees. 

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Apr
12

School collaboration: The quiet revolution

The Teaching School Hubs pilots will see schools tackling the challenges they face by working together, but there are already good examples of how this collaborative approach can work in action. Nick Bannister meets the collaborators kickstarting a quiet education revolution.

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Apr
01

Best Practice Network and ISBL join forces on apprenticeship assessments

Best Practice Network (BPN) has joined forces with the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) to provide end-point assessment services for the School Business Professional Level 4 Apprenticeship from September 2019.

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Mar
06

Methodical planning to avoid budget misery

It’s getting harder for school business leaders to balance the books, but they can anticipate budget challenges with some careful and methodical planning, says Hayley Dunn

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Mar
04

Building communication and language with EAL children

Shabnum Bi at Anglesey Playgroup wrote to us about her setting’s practice in communication and language to support children that mainly have English as an Additional Language (EAL).

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Mar
04

Leading best practice as an early years teacher

Maureen Lee discusses how early years teacher status can equip early childhood professionals to make a substantial, positive difference to their settings and children's lives.

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Feb
15

New year, reinvigorated career

We’re already into the second month of the year – if your new year’s resolutions included setting fresh career goals, they can be achieved with some simple steps, says Hayley Dunn

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Feb
13

Inspiring change for Children’s Mental Health Week 2019

The shifting landscape of conversation around how we can support children's mental health, and why we need to extend that support for teachers.

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Feb
01

Thriving CPD on a tight budget

Taking a mixed approach to the professional development of staff and making sure that every element links to school priorities can help to protect CPD spending as budgets bite, says Liam Donnison.

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Jan
28

Social media and our new school

Social media proved to be as important as building contractors in creating a new secondary in north-west London, headteacher Chris Woolf tells Liam Donnison

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Jan
25

CPD: The key to attracting and keeping talent in international schools

After visiting Hong Kong in December 2018 for the Learning & Teaching Expo, Liam Donnison discusses how to keep up with rapid growth in international schools.

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Jan
14

Get agile to meet SBM challenges

School business managers need to be agile, focused and have clear goals in mind if they are to successfully tackle the multitude of challenges they now face, says Hayley Dunn.

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Jan
14

Early Years teacher case study - Will Purcell

I would like to use my new knowledge to give the children in my care the most exciting and engaging learning experiences, says Will Purcell

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Jan
11

A formula for hard times

A neat formula for integrated curriculum financial planning will help schools cope with a hostile funding climate, says Val Andrew.

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Jan
11

Forging firm foundations for your leadership

Forging a firm leadership foundation is a key job for the head of any multi-academy trust if they want their schools to thrive in the long term. Primary executive head and MAT CEO Michaela Lewis talks to Liam Donnison about her approach

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Jan
10

Navigating your CPD choices

Accessing CPD has got tougher for school business professionals in recent years. It means that practitioners need to get proactive about their professional development, says Val Andrew.

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Jan
09

How can school business leaders best adapt to a rapidly changing education landscape?

Val Andrew, SBL Programme Manager with Best Practice Network, shares her insights on ways school business leaders can adapt to the changing education landscape.

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Jan
08

Give and take: early years provision and the community

Helping children and their families become more involved in their local communities can enrich lives and learning, says Maureen Lee, an early years adviser to Best Practice Network

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Dec
20

NPQ Scholarship Funding Available until 10 January

The DfE have announced that some NPQ scholarship funding remains and will be accessible until 10 January, 2019.

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Dec
04

The amazing power of parental partnerships

Sian Marsh, Best Practice Network’s Programme Director, Early Years, on how partnerships with parents make an amazing difference to children’s language and communication skills.

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