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CORONAVIRUS

URGENT NOTICE: SUSPENSION OF LEARNERS FIRST PROGRAMMES & EVENTS

17th March 2020

As you are all well aware, as a nation we are all facing unprecedented times in relation to Coronavirus/COVID-19 and, understandably, many people are concerned about what may happen over the coming days, weeks and possibly months. Over the last 24 hours in particular we have received a number of recent queries about forthcoming Learners First CPD events and planned support in schools. As a school-based organisation, Learners First continues to take a lead from Public Health England and the government, and although we would very much like to adopt the stance of ‘business as usual’ to allow forthcoming Learners First events to go ahead as planned, following the Prime Minister’s latest announcement, we do not believe that is now feasible or fair.

Therefore, after careful consultation and deliberation, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend all Learners First events until after the Easter break. The main reason for this is that at this time of uncertainty we know that school leaders’ main priority will be to keep their schools running as normal as possible and with staffing levels coming under pressure due to teachers and support staff having to self-isolate there is an imperative to ensure as few staff as possible are out of school at this time.

Although it is important to keep our response proportionate and in line with government advice, we believe this is the right decision to take at this time. We are acutely aware that school leaders may have had to make some difficult decisions and instigate heightened precautions in response to local situations but we hope this help to alleviate some concerns. We are in the process of writing to any programme delegates to confirm arrangements but would appreciate your help in sharing this message. We will of course continue to monitor the situation carefully and as soon as there is any further information and/or the guidance is updated, we will be in touch.

Thank you for your support at this difficult time.

As the Public Health England and government advice surrounding Coronavirus continues to be updated, please find below links to the latest government advice (both in terms of the advice to general public and the guidance for educational settings).

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)

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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 Claire Garbutt for further information:

cgarbutt@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

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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

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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

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middle and senior leaders and aspirant headteachers

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

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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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