Spring 2021 NPQ intake - registration open
  October 16 2020
Due to high demand from teachers and school leaders to access NPQ scholarships in recent months, the DfE is conducting a review to assess demand against available funding. When the DfE scholarship funding position becomes clear, we will contact you if we need to discuss alternative funding options.
Drivers of good practice
  October 01 2020
Applications for the new Teaching Hubs close on 30 October. Sally Bishop looks at the challenges and opportunities this new development will provide for schools.
Leadership in the time of Covid: Six lessons for headteachers
  September 30 2020
A mixture of optimism and realism can help school leaders navigate their schools through a potentially challenging year ahead. Multi-academy trust CEO Nick Cross talks to Yvonne Gandy about his six key leadership lessons for the coming months.
Autumn 2020 NPQ Intake - registration window reopened until 18 September
  September 02 2020
We have re-opened the registration window for our NPQ programmes. Colleagues who were too busy to apply by the original deadline now have until 18 September to sign up for an Autumn 2020 start.
NPQEL International Case Study - Stephen Viner - The British International School Al Khobar (BISAK), Saudi Arabia
  July 27 2020
The principal of The British International School Al Khobar (BISAK) in Saudi Arabia, Stephen is starting his own professional development journey on Best Practice Network’s international NPQEL. The programme will prepare him to lead a period of considerable change at BISAK.
Schools can fund NPQs through apprenticeship levy following Best Practice Network appointment
  July 24 2020
Schools across England will now be able to use their apprenticeship levy to cover the cost of National Professional Qualification (NPQ) leadership development programmes for middle and senior leaders.
Education post-Covid: Our principles of recovery
  July 15 2020
At the Unity Schools Partnership, the pandemic hiatus has provided an opportunity to re-evaluate and focus on what really matters in education. Yvonne Gandy looks at the trust’s principles of recovery.
WOW: Leading a primary school through lockdown
  June 18 2020
Leading a primary school through the lockdown has had its fair share of challenges for executive principal Sophie Murfin. She speaks to Yvonne Gandy about how this period has triggered changes that will continue when normal service eventually resumes.
Leadership during Covid-19: Filtering out the noise
  May 13 2020
Cutting out the background noise and acting only on the facts has been headteacher Richard Middlebrook’s mantra since the coronavirus lockdown started. Yvonne Gandy explains.
The lockdown legacy: What will change?
  May 13 2020
Headteacher Rachel Tomlinson believes that the coronavirus shutdown will have a lasting, positive, legacy for the way her school is run. Yvonne Gandy explains.