Learners First Schools Partnership

Connecting People, Promoting Excellence

Building professional networks and facilitating meaningful partnerships which aim to support the individual endeavours of schools, academies and MATs.

Welcome To Learners First

Established in 2012, Learners First is an independent, not-for-profit, school-led organisation governed by serving school leaders. It is built on a mature model of partnership and collaboration. We work with a range of partners within and beyond the sector to ensure our work meets the above aims. Our work is focused on three core, interdependent areas:

  • Leadership Development and Transformation
  • Teaching & Curriculum Excellence
  • Governance Development

Overall, the partnership aims to add real and significant value to the endeavours of individual schools, academies and MATs, beyond that which any individual entity could achieve alone.

Connecting People, Promoting Excellence

Learners First strives to build networks and partnerships of people who are committed and passionate about improving the educational outcomes and life chances of all children and young people.

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Leadership Programmes

A range of leadership programmes including the DFE accredited National Professional Qualifications.

Early Career Development

A professional development programme designed to reflect the challenges teachers face in the early stages of their careers.

English Hub

One of 34 DfE designated English Hubs supporting schools to improve the teaching of phonics, early language and reading.

Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

Have you always had a passion for teaching? Train to teach with Learners First from September 2022 Primary, Secondary and Special school training places available.


Supporting confident, strategic leadership and robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance in schools and trusts.


Access to evidence based professional development opportunities for teachers, led by specialists with the aim of having a significant impact on pupil progress and achievement.

Subscribe to Learners First

For full details of the Learners First subscription 2021/22, please download the offer brochure below. We look forward to working with you in 2021/22.

Teacher Vacancies

Teaching Vacancies is a free job-listing service from the Department for Education. You can search and apply for jobs at schools or trusts in England, save jobs and set up job alerts.


Leadership digests, insights, updates and examples of emerging practice from within and beyond the schools sector.

National English Hubs

Following the announcement from the Secretary of State for Education, Learners First is delighted and extremely proud that one of the lead Teaching Schools within the alliance has been accredited as one of only 32 new national English Hubs! English Hubs will have a particular focus on improving early language and literacy teaching, including in reception. The Hubs have been chosen by the Department for Education (DfE) through a competitive process against strict criteria and were required to demonstrate a proven track record of excellent phonics teaching and pupil outcomes over a sustained period of time.

The English Hubs have been tasked with sharing best practice and teaching techniques with the aim of building networks of excellent phonics teaching in every region. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with other schools and leaders to a play a key role in shaping this work and contributing to the development of the local and national English Hub network.

Tweets By Learners First

Teaching is a hugely fulfilling career and Learners First Schools Partnership has an amazing track record of recruiting, developing and employing high quality trainee teachers across South Yorkshire. As a trainee you could be eligible for a bursary of up to £30,000 and there may be opportunities for you to earn while you train through the salaried routes.

You could be on your way to an exciting career in teaching sooner than you think with fantastic training and enhanced employment opportunities with Learners First Schools Partnership. We are currently recruiting the future generation of outstanding trainee teachers to our early years, primary and secondary programmes and would welcome a conversation if you would like to find out more or how to apply.

If you have the drive, passion and commitment, we have the professionals and programme to support you on your journey to becoming an outstanding teacher!

Contact Claire Garbutt for further information: cgarbutt@learnersfirst.org or 01709-267021

Find Postgraduate Teacher Training
Courses In England

A service to help graduates find the most relevant postgraduate teacher training courses.

Use this service if you’re a graduate and you plan to train to teach in a state primary or secondary school in England. You can search courses by location, provider and subject.

When you’ve chosen a course or courses, you’ll be redirected to UCAS to complete your application.


Schools and Academies

have accessed Learners First programmes

specialist leaders of education (sle)

have been designated and are available for deployment through Learners First

middle and senior leaders and aspirant headteachers

have accessed the nationally accredited, NPQ licensed leadership programmes through Learners First since 2012

serving school leaders

contributed to the design and delivery of leadership programmes

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