Advantage Schools Knowledge Exchange

A Powerful Learning Network

What is the Advantage Schools Knowledge Exchange?

ASKE is the professional learning arm of Advantage Schools.  The aims of ASKE are to:

  • Provide the highest quality professional learning and career development opportunities to our staff and other members of the network
  • Enable the sharing of best practice leading to genuine, school driven improvements in standards
  • Create a network of like-minded schools, whose priority is providing an excellent quality of education to pupils, regardless of background or prior attainment
  • Provide support for other schools around the leadership of curriculum and school culture
  • Create and curate local subject communities



We have a number of professional development opportunities available in the summer term. Advantage Schools staff can access any training at no cost, and we have a limited number of places available at a reasonable price for external delegates.

Booking is available via the EventBrite links below. Members of the Advantage Schools Knowledge Exchange network should select this status when reserving their ticket in order to benefit from discounted access.  Please ensure you use the email address you used to when signing up to ASKE in order to validate your purchase.  Purchases at the ASKE price using unrecognised email address will be cancelled.


Stuart Lock is the Chief Executive Officer of Advantage Schools and a highly experienced school and trust leader.  Stuart is the editor of the ResearchEd Guide to School Leadership, contributed to the writing of the Head Teachers’ Standards and was an advisory member of the expert panel that contributed to the Early Career Framework and, more recently, the CEO Content Framework. You can find out more about Stuart here. Stuart facilitates our sessions on senior leadership.

Naomi Bell is Director of Maths at Advantage Schools and will be facilitating our Catalysing Learning sessions.  Naomi has a Masters in Expert Teaching and thinks deeply about how best to support teachers in developing their craft.  You can find our more about Naomi here.

Sallie Stanton is the Director of Education at Advantage Schools.  She leads on curriculum, assessment, quality of education and professional development across the trust. You can find out more about Sallie here. Sallie will be facilitating our sessions on curriculum.



This course is still open to new participants who wish to complete any of the remaining sessions.

Delivery – online
Time 0f sessions – 4-5.30pm
Facilitator – Sallie Stanton
Suitability – Current and aspiring Subject Leaders, Heads of Department and Senior Leaders (Curriculum/Teaching and Learning)

Part 6 – 5th March 2024click here to book

Specific focus – This session considers the purpose and value of codifying your curriculum offer and explores a range of methods and examples of artefacts, from knowledge organisers to resource booklets.

Session aims –
To give you the tools and strategies you need to codify or refine the codification of your curriculum.

Part 7 – 16th March 2024click  here to book

Specific focus – How can subject leaders create the conditions for curriculum to thrive? We will look at how engaging colleagues in refining and reviewing the curriculum can best be enacted.

Session aims – Following the session you will be provided with the tools to develop your own work/action plan in this area.

Part 8 – 7th May 2024 – Click here to book

Specific focus – In this session we will explore what is meant by “the curriculum is the progression model” and problem solve the following areas:

  • How useful is your current assessment model?
  • What do you think could improve it?
  • What do you do with the data you collect?
  • What is the impact on workload?

Session aims – This session will provide you with the knowledge to make good decisions about the assessment of your curriculum and use the information gathered effectively.

Part 9 – 11th June 2024Click here to book

Specific focus – What does meaningful QA of the curriculum look like? How can you best implement this at subject level? This session will help you understand what useful and helpful QA looks like, how to implement it well, and how this work is crucial to overall school improvement.

Session aims – Following this all participants will be sent a final tool to support with any subsequent work they wish to do on the curriculum.





Becoming a member of the Advantage Schools Knowledge Exchange:

Our professional development courses, networking, information sharing webinars and conferences are available to anybody working in a school or training to teach – simply sign up using the form below and you will be invited to our events as and when they occur.

Members that have signed up to our network receive advance booking information before courses and event places are made available to all.  Most of our courses were fully booked last year, so early booking is advised.

All our professional development courses and events are free to staff working in schools within the Advantage Schools family, and we offer a reduced rate to schools we work in close partnership with. For more information, see our latest brochure.

Although the network is primarily aimed at teachers and school leaders in Bedfordshire, we welcome enquiries and contributions from further afield and have members from across the country.

We aim to ensure the exchange is accessible to all and have kept our costs to a minimum in order to cover administrative and staffing costs. We think our training is very reasonably priced but if this is prohibitive to you, please get in touch so we can discuss your situation, particularly if you are a small school or are an individual self-funding your attendance.





If you are still not sure but would like to hear more about ASKE,  click here to get in touch.