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.


Ofsted Seminar

Sharing Good Practice and Experiences from a Recent Inspection (Primary)

21st March 2018 10.15am – 12.00 noon (Arrival and Registration from 10.00am) 

Flanderwell Primary School Greenfield Court, Rotherham. S66 2JF 

Flanderwell Primary School was inspected by Ofsted on 23rd January 2018 and was judged to be Outstanding in all areas. Previously identified by the DfE as one of the 500 worst performing in the country and judged by Ofsted to be ‘requiring improvement’ in 2013, the school has been on a fantastic trajectory of improvement over recent years with outcomes now placing it within the top 2% of schools nationally.

This informal leadership session will be led by Alison Adair, Executive Headteacher of Flanderwell, St. Alban’s CofE and Rossington St. Michael’s Primary Schools, and members of Flanderwell’s senior leadership team. It will provide colleagues with an opportunity to hear about their inspection experience in its entirety and, of course, the school improvement work that has had such a positive impact across the school. There will also be an optional opportunity to visit classrooms and meet other teachers/leaders within the school at the end of the seminar.

There is no cost for attendance but places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve a place at this seminar, please email your name, school and contact details to