DROP Programme Overview

As part of the Learners First Primary TSA group work, the DROP programme has been created by a group of experienced school leaders for primary school teachers who are consistently ‘good’ with the capacity to achieve ‘outstanding’ in their teaching, learning and progress from students. Participating teachers should be able to drive forward improvements in their own teaching and learning and with colleagues back in their schools to disseminate and influence ‘outstanding practice’ beyond their own classroom. Using a coaching model to explore, challenge and investigate practice using a framework of key research questions, the programme will challenge and support participants to:

  • develop skills and strategies to achieve outstanding learning and progress from students in their classrooms and in the classrooms of colleagues;
  • lead the development and sharing of best practice with others in their department and school to further improve student learning outcomes;
  • consider the key characteristics of outstanding practice and how these are realised in different contexts, settings and phases;
  • become better equipped and able to deliver the mission in the immediate, short, medium and long term;


Who is DROP for?

  • The DROP programme has been created for experienced primary school teachers with the capacity to achieve outstanding learning and progress from students. These teachers should be in a position to drive forward improvements in Teaching & Learning with colleagues back in their schools.
  • Participating teachers should identify an in-school mentor to support them throughout the programme to facilitate opportunities for the development and sharing of best practice in their school.
  • Participants will be allocated a coach (an outstanding teacher) to provide bespoke coaching and mentoring support throughout the programme.



  • The programme will draw on a range of learning experiences including: focussed lesson observations in a range of schools in contrasting contexts; demonstration of best practice by the programme leaders and fellow participants; facilitated discussions with experienced headteachers; collaborative learning opportunities with colleagues from the same school and in other schools.
  • Each full day session focusses on a key research question and leads directly into action to develop outstanding practice. Participants will spend the morning working in small groups with their identified coach and the afternoon working as a full group alongside two primary headteachers.
  • The programme will be personalised based on needs analysis gathered from each participating teacher from the induction session.
  • The venues for the events give the opportunity to experience outstanding practice at a range of schools and contexts.



Time Commitment

  • The programme encompasses a twilight induction and four full day sessions (hosted in local schools) with the programme culminating in participants delivering a short presentation based on their learning journey throughout the programme and its impact.
  • In addition to the face to face sessions, opportunities to visit other outstanding settings and contexts to explore the key research question in more depth and in different contexts, schools, settings and phases will be offered to participants.
  • Participants should have opportunities to work with their in-school mentor between the face to face sessions to ensure the sharing of best practice is facilitated and participants feel supported on the programme.

Course Dates 2016/17

Overview of Dates:

  • Induction Session (for participants, in-school mentors and headteachers) – 11th October 2016 (3.45-5.00pm)
  • Session 1 – Exploration of first key research question – 8th November 2016 (Full Day)
  • Session 2 – Exploration of second key research question – 17th January 2017 (Full Day)
  • Session 3 – Exploration of third key research question – 7th March 2017 (Full Day)
  • Session 4 – Exploration of fourth key research question – 25th April 2017 (Full Day)
  • Session 5 – Individual Presentations (½ hour time allocated to each participant) – 06th June 2017 (Half Day)

Course costs (£)

The cost of the DROP programme is £500 per participant. The full cost of the programme will be fully funded for subscribers to Learners First. (Please note this excludes travel and cover costs which cannot be covered by Learners First).

How to apply

Application forms are available to download below. Alternatively, please email teachingschool@wickersley.net to request an application form to be sent electronically. Please note, headteachers are required to provide a short supporting statement to endorse the application and to confirm they agree to the necessary in-school support and required release time.


Completed applications should be returned to teachingschool@wickersley.net.   The deadline for applications is strictly midnight on Friday 23rd September 2016. In the event that the programme is oversubscribed, applications will be prioritised on a first-come first-served basis so an early application is advised. All applicants will receive acknowledgement of their application within 10 working days of our receipt and confirmation of their place by Friday 30th September 2016.