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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Apr
05

Early years blog: giving children the very best start in life

Hi, I am Ange Syson and I joined Best Practice Network in 2013. I mainly work as a group tutor and personal tutor on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training Programme in Leeds and York, but I occasionally work in other areas such as HLTA training. I have worked in education and training for twenty years. First as a special needs teacher and then I moved into Early Years when I started a family of my own. I thought that childminding would be an easy way to keep my hand in while being able to spend time with my own children.

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Apr
05

Update to BPN's privacy notice

In preparation for the changes to data protection law under the Europe-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May 2018, Best Practice Network has updated its privacy notice. View our privacy notice.

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Mar
29

Work with us as an Online Assessor

The Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP) and Best Practice Network are recruiting for a team of Online Assessors for the NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH qualifications.

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Mar
27

HLTA of the Year 2018: Time to nominate your unsung school hero

Schools across the south west, west midlands and eastern England are being urged to nominate an unsung colleague for the 2018 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) of the Year awards.

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Mar
12

Recruitment: Chemistry, character and trust

Educating Greater Manchester’s Drew Povey explains to Liam Donnison how chemistry, character and trust play a part in the recruitment and retention of teachers. Read the full article on the SecEd website.

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Mar
08

Maths Mastery: A journey towards a new curriculum

A trip to Shanghai inspired Kirsty Haw and her team from St Mary and St Thomas CE Primary in St Helens to transform maths teaching as part of an approach to a ‘knowledge-rich’ curriculum. Liam Donnison talks to Kirsty about the project for an article in Headteacher Update. Read the full article on their website.

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Feb
21

Special offer on LINK Advance Video CPD

Best Practice Network has teamed up with the National Learning Trust (NLT) to launch a series of video-based CPD that brings education thought leaders to you for use in staff CPD. Each one consists of 75 minutes of video training material split into five sessions, with full facilitator notes so you can easily run it as an INSET or series of twilight sessions.

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Feb
16

Complete a school leadership survey and win a CPD package worth over £4,000!

Deadline extended to Friday 20 April 2018! We want your views on school leadership challenges today. If you are a Head or Executive Head please complete our survey and win a package of CPD for your school(s).

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Feb
13

Successful school partnerships

Maggie Farrar, a former senior director at the National College for School Leadership, talks to Liam Donnison about the ingredients required to make a successful school partnership. Read the full article on the SecEd website.  

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Feb
07

A legacy for learning and leadership?

Best Practice Network’s managing director Liam Donnison discusses the legacy of NCTL and the importance of school leadership with Roger Pope.

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Jan
29

Mental health: giving children a head start

Dr Andy Hodgkinson, Chair of the East Cheshire Association of Primary Headteachers, talks to Liam Donnison about the importance of supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children while they are still in primary school. Read the full article on the Headteacher Update website.  

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Jan
29

Why poor CPD is a personal matter

David Weston tells Best Practice Network’s managing director Liam Donnison why his own experiences of poor CPD and support drove him to set up a campaigning charity.

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Jan
08

Meet us at the Bristol Train to Teach Roadshow

Are you thinking about kick-starting an exciting new career in Early Years teaching? Come and meet us at the Train to Teach Roadshow at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel on 28 February 2018 between 4.30 – 8pm. If you have a degree and are interested in beginning Initial Teacher Training in September 2018 then this is the perfect opportunity for you to learn all you need to know about teacher training and how to apply.

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Dec
11

Opportunity area schools urged to act quickly on NPQ scholarship funding

As we reported in October, teachers and leaders in government designated ‘opportunity areas’ could have the full costs of their national leadership qualifications paid for, but it's first come first served, so don't delay!  

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Dec
06

Best Practice Network wins international award for online leadership learning approach

Best Practice Network’s use of online learning in its programmes for school leaders has been recognised at the internationally recognised Learning Technologies Awards. BPN received the bronze award for its work on the National Professional Qualifications for School Leaders in the best blended learning project in the public and non-profit sector category at the awards evening, held in London last week. BPN was recognised along with some of the leading international names in the learning technology world, including Barclays, Oxford University Press, Siemens and Tesco.

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Dec
05

Best Practice Network leads on Equality Leadership Programmes

The DfE has released the feedback from the 2015-16 participants in the Leadership Equality and Diversity programmes. BPN led a programme in Newham with the Learning in Harmony Trust. Headteachers remarked on the success of the programme for their leaders:

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