Val Andrew, SBL Programme Manager with Best Practice Network, shares her insights on ways school business leaders can adapt to the changing education landscape.
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
The DfE have announced that some NPQ scholarship funding remains and will be accessible until 10 January, 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.