Headteacher Seminar: HR Headaches Session 2 – ‘What to do if…’
with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

hr headaches

9th March 2017, 8.45am – 10.30pm
(Arrival and Registration from 8.30am)

Venue: The Pod, Canklow Woods Primary School, Rotherham, S60 2XJ

Headteacher Seminar

Continuing the series of HR related workshops, Jenny Arrowsmith, employment law solicitor, from Irwin Mitchell will cover some of the commonly asked and trickier HR issues that arise relating to staff. Following feedback and queries raised by leaders in the first ‘HR Headaches Session’, this session will have a specific focus on the areas outlined below and on what school leaders can do if…

  • An employee refuses to comply with leadership instructions;
  • You have provided your employees with training and qualifications and they leave soon after;
  • You have offered someone a job but have now changed your mind;
  • You wish to make changes to terms and conditions and school practices (including if there is a difference if these are inherited under TUPE)


If you have any ‘HR Headaches’ relating to these area, please email your question to Learners First (address below) and Jenny will endeavour, time permitting, to include it in the session.

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

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

Download seminar flyer here

‘What is Learning?’ – Teaching & Learning Seminar’.


1st March 2017, 9.00am – 12.30pm
(Arrival and Registration from 8.30am)

Venue: Hellaby Hall Hotel, Hellaby, Rotherham, S66 8EX


Teaching & Learning CPD Opportunity

Carl Jarvis is the Executive Headteacher of Hartsholme Academy and St Giles Academy and the CEO of the New Dawn Trust. Carl’s philosophy centres on innovative practices that enable students to be fully interdependent and instilling “a burning desire for a need to know”. His work draws on global research of metacognitive development and understanding ‘how’ and ‘why’ we learn.

During this seminar, Carl will give a practical guide of how to embed this pedagogy into every day practice ensuring that ALL students exceed their potential. He will explore the implications that current neuroscience has on teaching and learning in the here and now of today. He will challenge the meaning and purpose of learning and will develop thinking around what constitutes outstanding teaching & learning; what this looks like and, essentially, what it means for our pupils.

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

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

Download seminar flyer here

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:-


Tel. 01709-731272

News & Updates
Justine Greening’s vision for the teaching profession

20th February 2017

The Education Secretary’s plans to strengthen qualified teacher status (QTS) and continued professional development from September 2019.


In a speech at the Chartered College of Teaching’s inaugural conference, Education Secretary Justine Greening set out her ambition for a high-status teaching profession, backed up by high-quality continued professional development and pledged her support for teachers as the body of experts who are key to driving social mobility.

Addressing an audience of over 450 teachers, Justine Greening described the launch of new the College of Teaching as a historic moment for the teaching profession.

Read more
Schools national funding formula: stage 2

14th December 2016

The DFE invite your views on:

  • the weighting for each factor in the schools national funding formula
  • the transition to the formula
  • the implementation of the formula

This consultation builds on the consultation on the principles and structure of a fairer schools funding system, which ran between March and April 2016.




High needs national funding formula: stage 2

14th December 2016

The DFE invite your views on:

  • the weighting for each factor in the high needs national funding formula
  • the transition to the formula
  • the implementation of the formula

High needs funding is for children and young people with special educational needs or disability who need extra support at school, college or alternative provision settings. Alternative provision settings are for children who can’t go to a mainstream school.

Read more
Funding for SEND

10th January 2017

A multi-million pound package to support children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) has been announced.


The funding announced includes:

  • £15 million for the Independent Supporters programme in 2017 to 2018, run by the Council for Disabled Children
  • £2.3 million for Parent Carer Forums in 2017 to 2018, who bring parents together and provide a voice to influence local decision-making
  • £1.8 million to Contact a Family, to support individual Parent Carer Forums and their National Network, and to run a national helpline for families

The package also includes funding for councils worth £40 million.


Read more

Interested in a Career in Teaching?

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.

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.


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.

Please contact teachingschool@learnersfirst.org or visit the School Direct pages.

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!



The School Direct application process for the 2017/18 programme is now open via UCAS https://www.ucas.com/

The governance handbook - January 2017

Governing boards are the strategic decision makers and vision setters in every school and academy. They play a vital role in ensuring the best possible education for every child by creating robust accountability for school leaders.

Lord Nash

Lord Nash

The Department of Education (DfE) have recently released an updated version of the Governance Handbook (Jan 2017) and the new Competency Framework for Governors (January 2017). The following link will take you to the relevant DfE website page should you wish to view or download these documents:

Governance Handbook 2017

Governor Development Programme 2016/17

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.

For details of our Spring Term 2017 programmes and events please follow the link below.

Governor events

School-to-School Support

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.

School2School support

Support Staff Development Programme

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.

Support staff development

Schools and Academies

have accessed Learners First programmes

Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)

have been designated and are available for deployment through Learners First

middle and senior leaders and aspirant headteachers

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

Serving School Leaders

contributed to the design and delivery of leadership programmes


See what our course delegates say

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

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.”


“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.”


“I really enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside secondary and special school teachers.”

“It has improved my practice in terms of management of people.”