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.

English Hub & LF Literacy CPD Offer
The Offer

As an accredited English Hub, we work hard to promote and offer support in relation to the three priority areas identified by the DfE:

1. Early Language Development
Providing evidence-based approaches to early language development and closing the word gap in school-based early years settings.

2. Age-appropriate Phonics
Provision Encouraging best practice in systematic synthetic phonics teaching from school-based early years provision to the end of Key Stage 1.

3. Promoting a Love of Reading
Encouraging reading for enjoyment including by supporting whole school reading approaches and encouraging reading at home

English and Literacy CPD

New Professional Development Opportunities!

English Hub and Wider Partnership Offer:Spring and Summer Terms 2020

‘Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader’ (Margaret Fuller)

Literacy is a fundamental foundation of learning. Being able to read, write and communicate effectively opens up so many opportunities for children, not only in relation to their ability to access the curriculum and learning opportunities in school but across much broader aspects of their life too. “Lacking vital literacy skills holds a person back at every stage of their life. As a child they won’t be able to succeed at school, as a young adult they will be locked out of the job market, and as a parent they won’t be able to support their own child’s learning. This intergenerational cycle makes social mobility and a fairer society more difficult” (National Literacy Trust, 2020). The correlation between literacy and social disadvantage is well documented in educational research with the ‘language gap’ cited as one of the biggest causes of underachievement in later life, particularly for disadvantaged learners.

Challenging these trends and supporting schools to improve pupils’ literacy skills and proficiency matters greatly to Learners First and remains a key driver of our work, both as a DfE accredited English Hub and as a broader school-led partnership. Designing, developing and facilitating high quality, purposeful and authentic professional development opportunities and school-led networks to support such improvements is key to our work in this area. The response and engagement with the English Hub offer (including our DfE accredited Letters and Sounds provision), has been phenomenal thus far and has elicited exceptionally positive feedback from school leaders across many different settings and school contexts.

Using this feedback as well as our broader school-based experiences, we are delighted to share details of a range of new literacy and English focussed CPD opportunities. This overview has been designed to bring together elements of the DfE accredited English Hub provision with a range of connected but independent opportunities available through the broader Learners First partnership. Full details are available overleaf but opportunities include: Voice 21 Oracy Programmes and ‘Deep Dive’ Oracy CPD Days; Phonics (phonics beyond Y2; developing fluency; fundamentals and decodables); Active Literacy (focus on SPAG); Reading Transition into KS3; A Love of Reading seminar and book signing with Michael Rosen; School Case Studies; and Letters & Sounds related CPD. We hope this provides school leaders with a comprehensive array of pertinent
opportunities, demonstrates the connectedness across the two areas of work and supports more schools in their endeavours to improve literacy outcomes for children and young people.

For full details including booking arrangements, please see the information on the flyer.


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: