Learners First Subscription offer – 2020/21

Learners First will be operating a subscription model in 2020-21 for a seventh consecutive year.

As well as extending the number of teaching and learning and early career development opportunities for teachers, the 2020-21 offer will see an increased number of professional development and networking opportunities for MAT leaders, both at a leadership and governance level, following successful pilots in 2019-20. Further, there will be a greater focus on accredited professional development opportunities and enquiry based research opportunities working alongside experts in the field.

Clearly, the disruption of recent months and the impact of CV-19 in its broadest sense will continue to be a key challenge for schools and their leaders during 2020-21. As well as wider opportunities, the subscription offer has been carefully crafted to take account and address many of these challenges, including work around recovery curriculums and support for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged learners. To that end, bespoke research work with Marc Rowland, Voice 21 programmes and accredited opportunities with the University of Huddersfield have all been commissioned and will be available to subscribing schools as part of the offer. As well as extending the number and range of opportunities, the 2020-21 offer will see an increased number of opportunities developed in partnership with leading organisations and experts both within and beyond the education sector to add value and provide wider leadership perspectives.

For full details, please download the subscription offer brochure by clicking on the image. We look forward to working with you in 2020/21.

If you have any questions regarding the offer or wish to subscribe, please email: teachingschool@learnersfirst.org

Learners First Bulletins


The Learners First Bulletin for school, academy and MAT leaders is a fortnightly publication aimed at providing a short leadership digest and forum through which key insights, updates and examples of emerging practice from within and beyond the sector can be shared with school leaders. We hope you will find it useful in helping to consider and navigate the current landscape and, the best we can, collectively prepare for the future. As always we would very much appreciate your feedback as well as any suggestions you would like to see included in future editions.


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10 July 2020

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)

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 Claire Garbutt for further information:


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Use this service if you’re a graduate and you plan to train to teach in a state primary or secondary school in England. You can search courses by location, provider and subject.

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As you are all well aware, as a nation we are all facing unprecedented times in relation to Coronavirus/COVID-19. As a school-based organisation, Learners First continues to take a lead from Public Health England and the government.

All planned Learners First events are currently suspended as we await Government guidance on returns to work and school re-openings.

We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and take a considered response as and when the guidance is updated.

Should you have any queries please continue to email: teachingschool@learnersfirst.org

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).


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middle and senior leaders, aspirant headteachers and CEOs

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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.

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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.”