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’.

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 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 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.

Curriculum-Related-T&L-CPD-Opportunities

A Series of Teaching & Learning Workshops Considering:

  • Art
  • STEM Subjects
  • Inclusion
  • Humanities
  • Social Change

in the Primary Curriculum

All sessions will be take place between 09.15 – 12.00 (arrival from 9.00am) unless otherwise stated:

Venue: Herringthorpe Junior School
Chatterton Drive, Rotherham S65 2JW

Learners First is currently developing a suite of new and exciting Leadership Briefings, Teaching & Learning Seminars and CPD Programmes for 2019-20 aimed at supporting teachers and leaders across a range of curriculum areas. The first in this series have been developed in partnership with Herringthorpe Junior School, a DfE designated Teaching School and Ofsted graded ‘outstanding’ school as case studies of current approaches and practice.

Art in the Primary Curriculum: 17th Oct & 11th Nov 2019

STEM in the Primary Curriculum: 21st Oct 2019

Inclusion in the Primary Curriculum (1): 25th Nov 2019

Humanities in the Primary Curriculum: 20th Jan 2020

Inclusion in the Primary Curriculum (2): 10th February 2020

Incorporating Social Change in the Primary Curriculum: 26th March 2020

Cost: Fully funded for delegates from schools and academies subscribing to Learners First. (£50 per person, per event for delegates from non-subscribing schools and academies.)

Audience: Classroom teachers

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

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Governor & Leadership Briefing : Ofsted 2019: How Governance Will Be Inspected

Wednesday, 06th November 2019

3.30pm – 5.00pm (Arrival and Registration from 3.15pm)

Venue: The Source Skills Academy
Meadowhall, Sheffield S9 1EA

This briefing session will consider how governance will be inspected in the new Ofsted framework and how The Key can help school leaders and governors better prepare for this, including what the role of governors will be on inspection day. The briefing session will focus on the use of the ‘Know Your School: A Checklist’ for governors with dedicated time in the session for school leaders and governors to work on completing this together for their own setting. The briefing will include references to:

  • How governance is inspected as part of ‘leadership and management’
  • What inspectors are looking for
  • Evidence inspectors will use
  • Governors’ role on inspection day
  • How governance is inspected if you’re in a MAT
  • Grade descriptors

Cost: Fully funded for delegates from schools and academies subscribing to Learners First.
(£100 per person for delegates from non-subscribing schools and academies.)

Audience: Headteachers, Executive Heads, CEOs and Governors (of schools and academies)

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

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Maximising Schools’ Income Generation Opportunities

Monday, 18th November 2019

9.30am – 12.30pm (Arrival and Registration from 9.15am)

Venue: The Source Skills Academy
Meadowhall, Sheffield S9 1EA

‘Helping Organisations Raise Their Game’

Oaks Consultancy work with an array of organisations across the sport, education, public and third sectors and is passionate about supporting those with a genuine social purpose. Learners First has developed a close partnership with Oaks over several years, benefitting from their insights, experience and expertise in relation to strategy development, business planning and income generation.

This new briefing session is designed to support governors, school leaders and educational professionals who are involved in, or responsible for, generating additional income for schools. With unprecedented levels of pressure being placed on budgets, the education sector is continually being challenged to deliver more for less. The need to generate additional income is critical. This briefing will therefore explore new, innovative opportunities for schools that will help develop long-term income streams. During the session, delegates will:

  • Understand how to access trust and foundation grants;
  • Develop an understanding of what funders are looking for;
  • How to maximise your school fundraising efforts; and
  • How your school’s assets can generate income.

Cost: Fully funded for delegates from schools and academies subscribing to Learners First.
(£100 per person for delegates from non-subscribing schools and academies.)

Audience: Headteachers, Executive Heads, CEOs, CFOs, School Business Managers, Trust Directors and Governors

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

Raising-Engagement,-Expectations,-Aspirations-&-Pupil-Outcomes
A Leadership Seminar focussed on:

Raising Engagement, Expectations, Aspirations & Pupil Outcomes

Through Child & Community Focussed Leadership

with Dr Ger Graus, OBE

Global Director of Education, KidZania

Monday, 02nd December 2019

9.00am – 12.00pm (Arrival and Registration from 8.30am)

Venue: Mary Swanwick Primary School
Old Whittington, Chesterfield S41 9QW

“Children can only aspire to what they know exists…”

Following his inspiring contributions during 2018-19 and feedback from school leaders, Learners First is delighted to have the opportunity to facilitate a second leadership seminar with Dr Ger Graus. Drawing upon his experiences, international work, research and case studies from local schools, Ger will share his unique insights to challenge some of the prevailing orthodoxies within education. He will guide and challenge delegates to consider how child and community focussed leadership decisions can raise levels of  engagement, expectation and the aspirations, leading to better learning and better outcomes. His narrative will lead us to think about children, their families and communities, roles and responsibilities, how to make things better, the consequences for leadership…and all that mixed with personal observations and a smile!

Dr Ger Graus is Global Director of Education at KidZania, the UK’s first educational entertainment centre which provides children with experiential learning opportunities. He is also the former founding Director of The Children’s University. Prior to these roles, Ger was a secondary school teacher and leader before becoming an Education Adviser for Manchester City Council, a Senior Inspector for Salford City Council and Director of the two Wythenshawe EAZs based in the south of Manchester. In 2014, he was awarded an OBE in recognition for his services to children and young people.

Cost: Fully funded for delegates from schools and academies subscribing to Learners First. (£100 per person for delegates from non-subscribing schools and academies.)

Audience: CEOs, Executive Heads, Principals, Headteachers, Heads of School & Senior Leaders.

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