National English Hubs

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Following the announcement from the Secretary of State for Education, Learners First is delighted and extremely proud that one of the lead Teaching Schools within the alliance has been accredited as one of only 32 new national English Hubs! English Hubs will have a particular focus on improving early language and literacy teaching, including in reception. The Hubs have been chosen by the Department for Education (DfE) through a competitive process against strict criteria and were required to demonstrate a proven track record of excellent phonics teaching and pupil outcomes over a sustained period of time.

The English Hubs have been tasked with sharing best practice and teaching techniques with the aim of building networks of excellent phonics teaching in every region. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with other schools and leaders to a play a key role in shaping this work and contributing to the development of the local and national English Hub network.

For further information please contact the English Hub Lead, Liz Kenny (ekenny@learnersfirst.org)

Governance Curriculum
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Governance Curriculum

CPD opportunities for those who hold Governance roles within Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) at either a Board Level (Members, Directors and Trustees) or at an individual School/Academy Level (Governors of Local Governing Bodies, LGBs).

“The department’s vision is to see robust and effective governance in every school and trust. As the first line of accountability, the department recognises that high quality effective and ethical governance is key to success in our school system and for the future of children and young people.”
Lord Agnew

With over 1,200 Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) across the country and increasing numbers of children and young people being educated within a MAT structure, MATs are a significant part of the educational landscape. However, it is a critical time for MATs and the stakes are high. Many of the initial approaches, structures and models no longer meet current sector challenges nor do they satisfy reformed accountability measures. Furthermore, as well as having to ensure legal and financial compliance whilst maintaining a healthy balance between academic performance and external growth pressures, many MATs are simultaneously entering into their first wave of CEO recruitment, appointment and induction. For a range of reasons, many are also at a point where it is appropriate to review their Schemes of Delegation as they consider the relationship and connectivity between the MAT Board and Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) in more detail. As a result, we are entering a new phase of MAT governance and leadership which requires a revised approach to professional development and necessitates a reformed offer.

The Learners First MAT Governance Curriculum offer has therefore been developed by a group of experienced professionals from a range of backgrounds with a wealth of pertinent knowledge, skills and expertise in the field. As well as colleagues with experience of working for and advising the DfE the team has included experienced School Leaders, MAT Directors and Members, Chairs of Trust Boards, National Leaders of Governance (NLGs) and Chairs of Governors. In addition, it has been a privilege to work with a Regional Advisor from Academy Ambassadors who has helped further refine and quality assure the provision. The curriculum has been designed for those who have strategic governance roles on Multi Academy Trust (MAT) Boards and MAT central teams and those on the LGBs of schools operating within MAT organisations. Further details are outlined in the course information flyer.

Governor Curriculum - Session 1
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Governance Curriculum

Session 1: ‘Strategic Vision & Values: Aligning Business With a Public Service’

With a keynote address from John Edwards, RSC for East Midlands & The Humber

30th January 2020
Aston Hall Hotel
Worksop Road, Aston, Sheffield. S26 2EE
5.30pm – 7.30pm
(Arrival & Registration from 5.00pm)

The new Learners First MAT Governance Curriculum has been developed by a group of experienced professionals from a range of backgrounds including the DfE, school and MAT leadership and those with IEB, local and MAT governance experience. In addition, we are delighted to have been professionally supported by an experienced Regional Advisor from Academy Ambassadors who has helped further refine and quality assure the provision. The Curriculum is made up of 5 interconnected sessions which can be accessed as a collective or as individual CPD sessions. The first in the series is focussed on Strategic Vision & Values – Aligning Business with a Public Service and we are thrilled to confirm John Edwards, Regional Schools Commissioner for East Midlands and the Humber will be in attendance to provide a keynote address and aid discussions. This opening session will also cover the fundamentals of Trust and Academy Governance and outline the importance of strong governance, including:

  • the relationship, and difference, between vision and values;
  • the current and emerging educational landscape and how we can learn from previous system failings;
  • the importance of the Nolan Principles and how these can be upheld; and
  • how to begin to identify likely changes and anticipate their impact.

Applications and bookings can be made by emailing:
teachingschool@learnersfirst.org.

Full programme details and information about the date, time and venue of each session and costs are in the course information flyer.

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TEACHING & LEARNING IN MATHEMATICS

Practical Strategies in secondary schools

Wickersley School and Sports College (WSSC) is a nationally designated Teaching School within Learners First Schools Partnership and was one of the first 100 to be designated in the country. It has a consistently high performing, innovative and dedicated mathematics faculty with a proven record of maintaining a Progress 8 score of over +0.43 and has been ranked in the top 6% nationally since 2014. This sustained success, in light of many changes across the educational landscape, has been achieved by continually improving teaching and learning and developing staff (the majority of whom completed their ITT within the school). The approach is underpinned by a strong school and faculty ethos, a willingness to adapt, the determination to teach mathematics to all abilities at the highest quality and expert use of data to ensure the greatest levels of progress are made by every pupil.

In response to feedback from faculty and departmental leads who attended the leadership seminar in July 2019, this teaching and learning workshop has been specifically designed for teachers of mathematics and will focus on pedagogy and classroom practice. Working with the ‘Leaders of Learning’ within the mathematics faculty at WSSC, there will be opportunities throughout the day for colleagues to undertake learning walks and observe teaching with time to develop ideas and create strategies and resources to support their own classroom practice.

22nd January 2020

8.30am – 3.00pm
Venue: Wickersley School & Sports College, Bawtry Road, Wickersley, Rotherham. S66 1JL

COST: Fully funded for delegates from schools and academies subscribing to Learners First. (£80 per person for delegates from non-subscribing schools and academies.)

BOOK A PLACE: To reserve a place please email your name, school and contact details to: teachingschool@learnersfirst.org

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Learners First Subscription 2019-20

Details of the Learners First Subscription offer for 2019-20 is included in the attached document.

As you will see, in addition to provision that has been included in the offer for a number of years (NPQML, NPQSL, NPQH, NPQEL, School Direct ITT, support staff programmes, governor and clerk development, Level 4/5 leadership opportunities for Heads/CEOs, etc) the 2019-20 offer has been enhanced with many new areas. Collectively, these are designed to provide a comprehensive range of opportunities for school leaders, teachers and aspirant teachers, support staff and governors which reflect current and emerging priorities. Some of the new and more recently added opportunities include:

  • The Principles of Teaching CPD Programme (linked to the new Ofsted framework) – All schools
  • The Oracy Pioneers Programme (facilitated by Voice 21 as part of the dissemination of learning and best practice from the 2018-19 DfE SSIF work) – All schools
  • Subscription to The Key – All schools
  • Enhanced provision linked to literacy and phonics (building on the work of the recently designated DfE English Hub and Letters & Sounds accredited training centre within the Learners First partnership) – Primary Phase
  • MAT Board Development Programme and Due Diligence Support (through the use of ‘Professional Partners’ and the recently developed ‘Balanced Scorecard’)
  • Funded Internships for Maths and Physics – Secondary schools
  • New themes for the Level 4 and 5 leadership seminars and workshops as well as follow up sessions connected to seminars delivered in 2018-19 (including    work with a number of high profile keynote speakers) – All schools
  • A revised NQT Development Programme, Early Professional Development Opportunities and NQT Appropriate Body – All schools
  • A cross phase commissioned Curriculum Design Research project – All schools

Please refer to the subscription brochure attached for full details of the subscription offer. If you wish to discuss anything specific please contact a member of the Learners First team.

email: teachingschool@learnersfirst.org 
tel: 01709-267021

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Interested in a career in teaching?

School Direct – Initial Teacher Training

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Learners First is an accredited provider of the School Direct teacher training programme and offers high quality school-based training in early years, primary and secondary schools. Our training programmes give you the opportunity to ‘learn on the job’ alongside outstanding school leaders as well as achieving a PGCE qualification and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Trainees are supported every step of the way and through the professional networks and the wider Leadership Curriculum, employment, career progression and professional development opportunities are plentiful with Learners First.

Teaching is a hugely fulfilling career and Learners First Schools Partnership has an amazing track record of recruiting, developing and employing high quality trainee teachers across South Yorkshire.  As a trainee you could be eligible for a bursary of up to £30,000 and there may be opportunities for you to earn while you train through the salaried routes.

You could be on your way to an exciting career in teaching sooner than you think with fantastic training and enhanced employment opportunities with Learners First Schools Partnership. We are currently recruiting the future generation of outstanding trainee teachers to our early years, primary and secondary programmes and would welcome a conversation if you would like to find out more or how to apply.

If you have the drive, passion and commitment, we have the professionals and programme to support you on your journey to becoming an outstanding teacher!

Contact Ben Ellis for further information:

bellis@learnersfirst.org
www.learnersfirst.net
01709-267021

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Learners First – an inclusive teaching school partnership

Learners First is an inclusive teaching school partnership of over 200 schools from all phases. Established in August 2012 Learners First is a not-for profit company whose main focus is to build excellence and address underperformance in equal measure through system-led school improvement and leadership development. The principle objective is to better deliver the mission in a greater number of schools and settings. Learners First aims to achieve this through investment in three core interdependent areas of work:

  • Leadership development and transformation
  • System-led school to school support
  • Governance and governor development

The education landscape is changing significantly with schools and school leaders at the heart of these changes. Whilst recent reforms present many fantastic opportunities for collaboration, innovation and school-led improvement, it can also be quite a daunting prospect for schools and their leaders, particularly at a time of austerity and with fewer resources at their disposal. However, Learners First is well placed to support and make a significant contribution to the maturity and effectiveness of a school-led system. Far from creating a dependency culture, Learners First is able to support schools, academies and MATs to lead their own improvement by providing and brokering additional capacity and school expertise.

To discuss your requirements please contact us:-

teachingschool@learnersfirst.org

Tel. 01709-267021

Governor Development Programme

Governor

Effective governance has always been crucial to the success of schools and academies but never more so than now when governance features so decisively in the current Ofsted Framework. Our Governor Development continues to be a core area of work for Learners First.

School-to-School Support

School-to-School

Learners First’s approach to school-to-school support is dynamic and innovative. Any support that is provided, brokered or commissioned by Learners First is designed to be bespoke and tailored to meet the needs of the identified school(s) to maximise its impact.

For details of our programmes and events please follow the link below.

Support Staff Development Programme

Leadership

This programme aims to support colleagues currently employed in Support Staff roles in school to make the transition into teaching. The programme has been designed and will be delivered by a range of Specialist Leaders of Education and serving school leaders from a variety of schools, contexts and phases.

For further details follow the link below.

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Schools and Academies

have accessed Learners First programmes

104

specialist leaders of education (sle)

have been designated and are available for deployment through Learners First

2109

middle and senior leaders and aspirant headteachers

have accessed the nationally accredited, NPQ licensed leadership programmes through Learners First since 2012

157

serving school leaders

contributed to the design and delivery of leadership programmes

See what our course delegates say

Thank you to Learners First, NPQH was a superb programme and I really enjoyed every minute of it. Huge praise to all leaders involved in delivery of the programme.

Mark Allen, Vice Principal, The Dearne ALC, Barnsley

Heatherwood’s Primary Phase Leader has just completed the NPQSL qualification with yourselves and the impact has been fantastic; with regards to both her personal growth and professional development.

Kind regards
Lisa Suter
Headteacher

Heatherwood School, Doncaster

Thank you for the invitation this morning.  I thought the quality of the seminar was excellent.

Dave Vernon
Vice Principal/AST
Tuxford Academy, Newark

Ofsted seminar – 21st Sept

I am just writing to thank you and all the people who delivered/facilitated the NPQH course through Learners First. I am pleased to say that I received confirmation of my successful completion of the qualification over the summer. I have gained lots from the course and feel that without the excellent face to face days, visits to schools and the support that you have offered it would not have been as enjoyable and beneficial to my career as it has been. Can you please pass on my thanks to all concerned and I hope that Learners First continue to provide these outstanding leadership opportunities for years to come.

Karl O’Reilly, St Luke’s School, Scunthorpe

“I like the Learners First approach. It is engaging, stimulating and down to earth with excellent use of relevant expertise.” “Poses lots of questions and gives time and a professional ‘community’ to reflect with and bounce ideas off.”

NPQH

“An excellent course which has allowed me to develop as a Senior Leader. Often courses are “busy” but you get nothing out of them for you personally, but this is quite the opposite. Also, feedback has felt valued.”

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