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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. By scoping the future and learning from the past, we serve to promote high quality professional learning opportunities to ignite authentic, meaningful and exciting collaboration. Driven by a relentless pursuit of excellence and without obligation, fear or favour, Learners First aims to add real and significant value to the endeavours of individual schools, academies and MATs..

Welcome to Learners First Schools Partnership

Learners First is an inclusive, not-for-profit teaching school partnership of over 200 schools and academies. As one of the first 100 Teaching Schools to be designated in the country, Learners First is a large, well established and successful partnership covering all phases (0-19) and school contexts with a proven track record across all key performance indicators. Learners First is based in South Yorkshire and much of its work takes place across this area but the partnership has strong connections with many other schools, academies, multi academy trusts, teaching schools and system leaders from across the country.

Learners First provides high quality, relevant professional development and facilitates opportunities for forward thinking research and school-to-school support to promote meaningful collaboration and school improvement. The main focus of Learners First is to build excellence and address underperformance in equal measure through system-led school improvement and leadership development.

Learners First strives to achieve its aims and ambitions through investment in three core interdependent areas of work: Leadership Development and Transformation; System-Led School to School Support; and Governance. Investment in these three broad areas aims to drive school improvement at all levels through the development of a leadership culture that unreservedly sets high expectations, has impact, challenges the status quo, is supported by robust governance arrangements, and is relentless in its strive for excellence. It also aims to create a dynamic, school based network of outstanding experience and expertise which delivers meaningful and sustainable school improvement with improved outcomes for children and young people.


Designation Cohort 1
Lead/Director Sarah Page
Successful SSIF Bid R1: EY - KS4 Language/Oracy
Partnership Arrangements  SY Network
Website www.learnersfirst.net
Twitter @Learners_First
Phase Primary, Secondary, Special 

As stated in the Regional Anthology for June 2018, we are especially good at;



School to School Support


NQT Development 

Supporting new Headteachers 


Visit the Learners First website to find out more