Continuous Professional Development


Voice 21 CPD Session for Teachers and Leaders (primary)
TUEsday, 16th MARCH 2021 (Online Webinar 2.00pm-4.30pm)

“The things we say and how we say them can inform, influence, inspire and motivate others and express our empathy, understanding and creativity. It is our ability to communicate that enables us to build positive relationships, collaborate for common purpose, deliberate and share our ideas as citizens. It is through speaking and listening that we develop our views, apply knowledge and extend our capacity to think critically. These skills are needed today more than ever before. Yet, while schools devote hundreds of hours of teaching time and teacher expertise to the development of pupils’ writing and reading skills, barely any time is spent developing the vital verbal communication skills we all need to succeed in work and life.” (‘The State of Speaking in Our Schools’ Report, Voice 21).

Voice 21 transform teaching and learning through talk. Oracy develops students’ confidence, articulacy and capacity to learn and that’s why Voice 21 supports teachers and schools to provide a high quality oracy education which empowers students, regardless of their background, to find their voice for success in school and in life. Learners First is delighted to be working with Voice 21 to facilitate a series CPD opportunities for teachers and leaders focused on key areas of oracy development.

This session of the Voice 21 webinar series will focus on Oracy and Assessment.

Cost: This webinar is fully funded for delegates attending from schools/academies subscribing to Learners First. For delegates from non-subscribing schools the cost is £50 per person.


TUESDAY, 23RD MARCH 2021 (2.00 - 4.00PM)

There has never been a greater, or more acute, need for schools and wider partnerships to have a renewed focus on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged learners in our schools and communities. Despite being a priority for policy and funding for many years, it remains a sad reality that many children from disadvantaged backgrounds are still less likely to achieve age-related expectations, have higher levels of absenteeism, are more likely to be excluded and, ultimately, have more limited life chances compared with their more advantaged peers. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

Across the Learners First partnership, we work with many different schools and settings always in the pursuit of educational excellence and equity for all our children. We endeavour to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons. Always. It is with this ethos in mind that we consider a new and exciting opportunity to promote excellence in the pursuit of innovative practice to support, and celebrate, the achievements our most vulnerable learners through the Learners First Children’s Champion Network.

This network draws together a range of key leaders from a variety of different settings (primary, secondary and specialist) and experts from other sectors who have a deep understanding of working with vulnerable children, their families and communities, and who are using innovative practice to engage and support them effectively. Never, more than in these unprecedented times do we need networks of support and collaboration as we strive to support children, and staff, in their wellbeing and development. The Children’s Champion Network is facilitated through a series of seminars which will focus on a range of key pertinent themes, with a clear and unrelenting focus on supporting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged learners. The network provides an opportunity for col-leagues to hear about different innovative practice, new developments across the sector and provide a forum through which they share their own ideas and challenges. The sessions adopt a case study approach with facilitated networking opportunities in order to connect colleagues and collectively address some of the key challenges.

For delegates attending from schools/academies subscribing to Learners First there is no cost to attend this event. For all other delegates the cost is £50 per delegate.


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