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.
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.
In 2017 the Department for Education (DfE) convened an expert group of system leaders to reform the existing NPQ leadership qualifications and oversee the development of a new ‘executive leadership’ level within the suite of qualifications.
Learners First is delighted to have been successfully accredited as a DFE provider of the reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) at all four levels. Therefore, as well as the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML), the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL), and the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), Learners First now offers the new National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL).
This is an exciting addition to the Learners First Leadership Curriculum and will further support leadership development and progression into new and emerging leadership roles.
Applications for the NPQML, NPQSL, NPQH programmes for 2019/20 are now open.
Owing to demand and existing cohorts now being full, an additional cohort for NPQML and NPQSL is being planned with October/November start dates.
The closing date for the additional places is Friday, 12th July 2019.
For further details on each of the NPQ programmes including how to apply, please follow the links below:-
Rt Hon Damien Hinds
Secretary of State for Education
National English Hubs Announced – Literacy Specialists being recruited!
Following the recent announcement from the Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Damien Hinds, Learners First has some exciting news…
We are delighted and extremely proud to announce that one of the lead Teaching Schools within Learners First 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. We very much look forward to sharing further information and working with you in the near future!
English Hub Literacy Specialists – we are now recruiting for 5 experienced primary practitioners to support the development of early reading and phonics. These are part-time, 1-year contracts required for up to 24 days per academic year, plus additional mandatory training days. Follow the link below for further details including an application form.
Closing date for applications is Friday, 12th July 2019 at 12 noon.
School Leadership Seminars – Summer Term 2019
Effective Use of Data:
Getting to Grips with Accountability Measures (Secondary)
Stephen Howe & Anthony McBride
26th June 2019
An interactive workshop focussed on the use of data. The workshop will include how the new Ofsted framework might shape our approach to data; a look at trends in this year’s data; the implications for Progress 8, ASP and IDSR, and best practice in the use of data.
‘Unlocking the Power of Parents’
Effective Parental Engagement
CEO, Maths with Parents Ltd
04th July 2019
Parents play a crucial role in supporting children’s learning, and levels of parental engagement are consistently associated with better academic outcomes. Tom Harbour, leads a focussed and interactive seminar on meaningful parental engagement with a particular focus on disadvantaged and disengaged families and barriers faced.
Effective Systems & Practical Strategies to Improve
Pupil Performance in Mathematics (Secondary)
Head of Mathematics Faculty
Wickersley School & Sports College
05th July 2019
An interactive workshop led by the Head of Faculty & experienced SLE, sharing the teaching and learning approaches within the school and mathematics department specifically. Mathematics is a key strength within the school which since 2014 has been ranked within the top 6% of schools nationally.
Interested in a career in teaching?
School Direct – Initial Teacher Training
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 Sarah Smith for further information:
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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:-
Governor Development Programme
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.
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
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.
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, NPQ 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.
Thank you for the invitation this morning. I thought the quality of the seminar was excellent.
Tuxford Academy, Newark
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.
“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.”