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.

Alex Quigley - Reading Gap

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Closing the Reading Gap

with Alex Quigley

Masterclass Seminar for School Leaders and Classroom Teachers

Friday, 06th March 2020

  • Session 1: 8.30 – 11.30am
  • Session 2: 12.30 – 3.30pm

(NB: These are repeat sessions, please only attend one)

Venue: The Holiday Inn
West Bawtry Road,
Rotherham S60 2XL

Following the overwhelming success of our first masterclass seminar focussed on vocabulary and as part of our continued focus on supporting improvements in literacy and language development, Learners First is delighted to welcome Alex Quigley back to lead this new ‘Closing the Reading Gap’ masterclass seminar.

During the session, Alex will unpick the challenges faced by all of our pupils as they grapple with the academic reading demands posed by the school curriculum. He will explore a range of issues, such as what makes reading in school so difficult, what to prioritise when seeking to improve reading, alongside sharing a wealth of practical strategies to improve the quality of teaching in every classroom. Alex will sift through the critical shift in reading at transition and how pupils go on to read successfully in the subject disciplines. This masterclass seminar offers useable knowledge and strategies for school leaders and classroom teachers at each phase and stage.

Fully funded for delegates from schools/academies subscribing to Learners First.
Fully funded for the Learners First English Hub intensive support schools
(£50 per delegate from non-subscribing and non-intensive support schools)

Audience: Headteachers, Senior Leaders & Classroom Teachers (primary, special & secondary)


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: