National Professional Qualifications 2020/21 – Applications Now Open!

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DfE funding is available to support leaders from schools in Opportunity Areas, Category 5 and Category 6 Achieving Excellence Areas to undertake the NPQs in 2020/21. If within a MAT, at least one school is located within one of the eligible areas, all schools within the MAT become eligible to access the DfE funding to cover the full cost of the NPQ programme (all levels). Locally, this would include colleagues from schools in Doncaster, Sheffield, Barnsley and areas of Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

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NPQML

NPQML is for those who are, or are aspiring to become, a middle leader with responsibility for leading a team e.g. a key stage leader, a curriculum area leader, a pastoral services leader, a subject leader, a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO), or a head of department.

This includes those who are, or are aspiring to be, a middle leader with cross-school responsibilities e.g. a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE).

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Apply Online below

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NPQSL

NPQSL is for those who are, or are aspiring to become, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities e.g. an experienced middle leader, a deputy headteacher, an assistant headteacher, or other senior staff.

This includes those who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities e.g. a Director of a Teaching School Alliance (TSA).

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NPQH

NPQH is for those who are, or are aspiring to become, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.

This includes those who are, or are aspiring to be, a head or head of school with cross-school responsibilities e.g. a National Leader of Education (NLE).

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NPQEL

NPQEL is designed for those in the formative stages of their Chief Executive Officer (CEO) career, those currently with strategic responsibility for leading more than one school as an Executive Leader, or leaders with exceptional talent who could soon move into an Executive Leader or CEO role.

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Applications will open in the Autumn for a Spring Term 2021 start.

Learners First Bulletins

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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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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:

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

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Find postgraduate teacher training courses in England

A service to help graduates find the most relevant postgraduate teacher training courses.

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.

When you’ve chosen a course or courses, you’ll be redirected to UCAS to complete your application.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/find-postgraduate-teacher-training-courses-in-england

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CORONAVIRUS

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 and aspirant headteachers

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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
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

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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.”

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“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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