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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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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