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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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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