The Ambition

‘To transform leadership at all levels through the development of a leadership culture that unreservedly sets high expectations, is impactful and challenges the status quo, and is relentless in striving for excellence’. Universally strong and effective leadership at all levels within the school workforce is essential to better deliver the Mission.

The Objectives

The seminars and workshops endeavour to:

  • Help headteachers address current and emerging key issues relating to learning, progress and outcomes
  • Provide real, relevant and challenging leadership development opportunities that help headteachers better deliver the Mission in their own and other settings
  • Ensure leadership skills and insights are strengthened with links to the new headteacher standards
  • Provide access to colleagues who have led outstanding practice and signpost to other best and emerging practice in the relevant field
  • Ensure leaders share practice and plan for improvement as a result of the workshop
  • Support leaders to share new knowledge and improvement strategies with their peers
  • Create opportunities for school to school support within and beyond the local area.

Leadership Opportunities

The Learners First Leadership Curriculum is now well established with over 1,200 teachers and leaders accessing programmes and leadership development opportunities since 2014 from ITT to Executive Headship. There is increasing evidence that suggests this school-led approach to leadership development is beginning to have a positive impact on school improvement and pupil outcomes.

explaining_2-tallThe Level 4 Leadership offer and the approach to its delivery has been refined for 2017-18 but will continue to focus on national and local themes affecting school leaders. It will need to be flexible to respond to national and local changes, but additional half termly breakfast network meetings where heads can engage in high quality dialogue and share practice and concerns in small discussion groups before the start of the school day and evening leadership events that will explore wider aspects of leadership and provide professional development opportunities for heads have been organised to complement and extend the current leadership seminar offer.

In response to headteacher feedback, Learners First will continue to work with leading national and regional figures to ensure the Level 4 suite of provision is high quality, current, brings additional expertise to the local area and acts as a champion of best practice.

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SUPPORTING STAFF MENTAL HEALTH : THRIVING AT WORK

22nd May 2018 08.30am – 10.30am

@ Meadow View Primary School, Rotherham S61 2JD

Schools are a high risk sector for workplace stress – a massive cause for poor performance, long absence
and relationship breakdowns.

Proactive management of mental health issues are key to reduce risk of aggravation, to reduce absence
and to ensure staff remain able to cope and perform well.

Jenny Arrowsmith, employment law solicitor, from Irwin Mitchell will lead an interactive discussion exploring:

  • the legal issues / risks – why should you all be doing something about it?
  • what steps schools could do to positively promote positive mental health in the workplace for all
  • how to tackle issues of poor mental health/staff not coping as they arise
  • some dos and don’ts/breaking down common myths

Cost: Fully funded for delegates from schools and academies subscribing to Learners First or £80 per person for delegates from non-subscribing schools and academies.

BOOK A PLACE: To reserve a place on the information session please email your name, school and contact details to: teachingschool@learnersfirst.org

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OVERCOMING HR HEADACHES FOR HEAD TEACHERS!

07th June 2018 08.15am – 10.30am

@ Eckington Business Centre II
Gosber Street, Eckington, Sheffield. S21 4DA

Headteacher Seminar: Overcoming HR Headaches
Continuing the series of HR related workshops, Jenny Arrowsmith, employment law solicitor, from Irwin
Mitchell will cover some of the commonly asked and trickier HR issues that arise relating to staff. This will
focus on areas such as:

  • Managing staff absence and sickness (long and short term);
  • Family friendly areas such as paternity and maternity rights, employees’ rights to take time off to
    deal with a family emergency and whether requests to work flexibly from those who have family
    responsibilities should be prioritised;
  • Restructures, changes to terms and conditions and what can be done if an employee refuses to
    accept or carry out their duties;

If you have any ‘HR Headaches’ relating to these or similar areas please email them to Learners First
(address below) and Jenny will endeavour, time permitting, to include it in the session.

Cost: Fully funded for delegates from schools and academies subscribing to Learners First or £80 per person for delegates from non-subscribing schools and academies.

BOOK A PLACE: To reserve a place on the information session please email your name, school and contact details to: teachingschool@learnersfirst.org

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THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAMME

Information session for Headteachers: 26th June 2018 @ The Pod, Canklow Woods Primary School.

A new, school-led CPD opportunity designed by a team of National and Specialist Leaders of Education (NLEs and SLEs).

‘The Pursuit of Excellence Programme’ has been designed by a team of National and Specialist Leaders of Education (NLEs and SLEs) and draws upon current evidence-based, classroom practice. The programme is designed for primary teachers and aims to enable and equip them to engage with system leadership across their schools/academies/MATs with a focus on achieving outstanding teaching and learning.

Day One: A full day focussing on driving excellence in teaching using the following  principles: Teach Simply, Practise Thoroughly, Feedback Constructively, Embody Excellence.

Day Two: A full day focussing on developing coaching skills.

The Information session for Headteachers is being held on 26th June 2018 @ The Pod, Canklow Woods Primary School.

This will be led by Alison Adair, NLE and Executive Headteacher of Flanderwell, St. Alban’s CofE and Rossington St. Michael’s Primary Schools. This event is designed for head teachers, principals and head of schools (rather than programme participants) and will outline the context for developing ‘The Pursuit of Excellence’ Programme.

BOOK A PLACE: To reserve a place on the information session please email your name, school and contact details to: teachingschool@learnersfirst.org