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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Nov
29

Best Practice Network presents at China teacher training event

Sian Marsh, Director for Early Years and Initial Teacher Training, will be in China as part of the UK-China bilingual teacher training conference supported by the Department for International Trade.

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Nov
11

Deadline announced for NPQ scholarship funding

The Department for Education has announced that scholarship funding is guaranteed for every eligible National Professional Qualification (NPQ) candidate aiming to start in spring 2019 who successfully applies by midday on 12 December 2018.

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Oct
26

Karen Brownhill wins Best Practice Network sponsored nasen award

A Derby woman is celebrating after winning a national special educational needs awards at the annual nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs) awards. Karen Brownhill, communication practitioner at St Giles School in Derby, beat off tough competition from across the UK to win the Teaching and Learning Support Staff category of the awards in October.

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Oct
10

Leading emotionally healthy schools

Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of primary age children has long been a burning issue for Dr Andy Hodgkinson. In this Best Practice Network blog to mark World Mental Health Day Andy reflects on the pressures children are under and ways in which school leaders can help.

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Oct
10

Major national award for early years teacher Christina

Nursery manager Christina Noton is celebrating winning a major national title for her early years teaching skills – less than a year after gaining her early years teaching qualification.

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Oct
08

Taking the long view of school leadership

Vin Osbaldeston tells Liam Donnison how vital a strong senior leadership team is to a school’s long-term success. Read the full article on the Headteacher Update website.

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Oct
03

Tap into the power of NPQ partnerships

In an education system that depends increasingly on schools working in partnership, it makes sense that the national professional skills programmes that school leaders need today should be created and delivered in the same way. This is certainly the approach taken by Outstanding Leaders Partnership, the network of over 70 teaching school alliances, multi-academy trusts and schools that have joined together to deliver the suite of four National Professional Qualifications with the management and resources of Best Practice Network backing them up.

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Sep
14

Meet our 2018 HLTA of the Year regional winners

We’re very proud to announce our regional winners of the 2018 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) of the Year awards.

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Aug
08

New chair for HNAP

Dr Helen Saddler has been appointed the new chair of the Higher Level Teaching Assistant National Assessment Partnership (HNAP).

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Jun
29

Don't miss out on fully-funded National Professional Qualifications

The Department for Education has allocated a £10 million fund for scholarships for eligible candidates undertaking National Professional Qualifications in school leadership. The scholarships are available on a first come first served basis. Once the fund is exhausted no more will be available; we urge candidates to register now for NPQs in Middle Leadership, Senior Leadership, Headship and Executive Leadership in autumn 2018.

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Jun
01

BPN announces International Professional Qualifications

Best Practice Network is pleased to announce that in conjunction with the National Learning Trust we are now offering our IPQs to the international market. This means that those living abroad can complete our DfE-accredited leadership programmes without having to return to the UK. The IPQs are available as distance learning programmes, school-based qualifications and through regional delivery hubs worldwide including London, Madrid, Dubai, Singapore and Shanghai in 2018/2019.

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May
29

Best Practice Network to deliver level 4 SBM diploma

Best Practice Network has been confirmed as one of just three ILM approved national providers of the new Level 4 Diploma for School Business Management. The programme, accredited by ILM, is aimed at existing and aspiring school business managers who want to enhance their leadership, management and administrative skills through a professional qualification.

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May
11

Successful MAT leadership

The role of executive headteacher is a relatively new one and as such we are still discovering the secrets to successful MAT leadership. Kevin Simpson tells Liam Donnison how he and his team forged a successful MAT. Read the full article on the Headteacher Update website.

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May
10

School improvement on a budget

Today’s school leaders are faced with the challenge of school improvement in times of tight budgets. Liam Donnison talks to Warrington head Jon Wright about his approach to this issue. Read the full article on the SecEd website.

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Apr
13

NPQ scholarship funding to continue for the autumn 2018 intake

We were very pleased with the number of applications we received for the spring courses across the four National Professional Qualifications in school leadership. This was partly due to the scholarships for participants in Opportunity Areas and the Department for Education has confirmed that they expect to fund all eligible scholarships for autumn 2018 starters out of the £10m fund that was allocated at the end of 2017.

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