Leadership Development

NPQML – National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership

We have partnered with UCL IoE through their national Alliance to deliver National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

UCL IoE are the NPQ licence holder and are accountable for all NPQ provision under the terms of their licence, including that provided by us as a member of this Alliance. As a provider of NPQs through this Alliance, we work closely with UCL IoE to ensure that we meet all of the necessary requirements and metrics as set out by the Department for Education and as per the terms of UCL IoE’s licence. This is to ensure the quality and consistency of these qualifications at a national level.

The Programme

The NPQML is designed to help those aspiring to, or currently performing within, middle leadership roles, with an aim to enhance their performance and leadership skills in leading a team. The programme equips participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve the NPQML qualification.

The core components of the NPQML programme are as follows:

  • 6 face-to-face, facilitated training sessions (half day);
  • 360 tool for self-evaluation against core leadership competencies;
  • 1 school improvement project (over at least 2 terms) and submit a written assignment for assessment within 18 months of the programme start date.

The NPQML curriculum covers 6 competency areas which are assessed over one written assignment.

  • Strategy and improvement
  • Teaching and curriculum excellence
  • Leading with impact
  • Working in partnership
  • Managing resources and risks
  • Increasing capability

To support you in the completion of your chosen NPQ our offer includes as standard:

  • Expert-designed curriculum, content and resources which align to the required leadership behaviours and competencies, provided by UCL

  • Minimum 18 hours of face-to-face, facilitated training delivered over at least two terms (but no more than 18 months)

  • 360° reviews
  • A network of peers and relevant experts
  • Assessment support and full assessment of your final submission
  • Trained and quality assured facilitators of whom at least 50% are serving school leaders

Eligibility

This programme is suitable for teachers who are aspiring to middle leadership and who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Likely to be in a middle leadership role in the next 12-18 months
  • Have completed at least one year of full-time teaching
  • Those currently in middle leadership roles who fit within the guidance below:
  • In secondary schools, middle leaders will have roles such as head of department, head of year or a whole-school lead role (for example, SEN), or second in charge of a department or pastoral area
  • In primary schools, middle leaders will have roles such as phase leaders; key stage leaders or a whole-school lead role (for example, literacy)
  • If the middle leader is aspiring to senior leadership, or currently serves on the senior leadership team, this person may be more suited to the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders

  • For both aspiring and serving middle leaders to receive their qualification, they will need to be able to complete the project element of this qualification successfully. This is to lead an improvement project in their team, lasting at least two terms, aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment and the capability of their team. It is essential that the school understands this element of the programme, and the support that will be required of them, when they are placing participants on the programme.

Course Booking

Audience: Aspirant middle leaders or middle leaders in early years, primary or secondary settings
Date: TBC
Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Cohort size: Maximum 20 people per cohort
Venue: Online sessions
Cost: £890 including assessment fee

NPQSL – National Professional Qualification For Senior Leadership

We have partnered with UCL IoE through their national Alliance to deliver National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

UCL IoE are the NPQ licence holder and are accountable for all NPQ provision under the terms of their licence, including that provided by us as a member of this Alliance. As a provider of NPQs through this Alliance, we work closely with UCL IoE to ensure that we meet all of the necessary requirements and metrics as set out by the Department for Education and as per the terms of UCL IoE’s licence. This is to ensure the quality and consistency of these qualifications at a national level.

The Programme

The NPQSL is designed to help those aspiring to, or currently performing within, senior leadership roles, with an aim to enhance their performance and leadership skills. The programme equips participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve the NPQSL qualification.

The core components of the NPQSL programme are as follows:

  • 9 face-to-face, facilitated training sessions (half day);
  • 360 tool for self-evaluation against core leadership competencies;
  • 1 improvement project and associated written assignment

The NPQSL curriculum covers 6 competency areas which are assessed over one written assignment.

  • Strategy and improvement
  • Teaching and curriculum excellence
  • Leading with impact
  • Working in partnership
  • Managing resources and risks
  • Increasing capability

To support you in the completion of your chosen NPQ our offer includes as standard:

  • Expert-designed curriculum, content and resources which align to the required leadership behaviours and competencies, provided by UCL

  • Minimum 18 hours of face-to-face, facilitated training delivered over at least two terms (but no more than 18 months)

  • 360° reviews
  • A network of peers and relevant experts
  • Assessment support and full assessment of your final submission
  • Trained and quality assured facilitators of whom at least 50% are serving school leaders

Eligibility

  • Likely to be in a senior leadership role in the next 12-18 months
  • Have completed at least one year at a middle leadership level
  • May have served on an extended SLT
  • Those currently in senior leadership roles who fit within the guidance below:
  • Senior leaders should have responsibility for the results of a team, and line manage at least one middle leader
  • Will serve on the senior leadership of the school, and attend SLT meetings
  • In secondary schools, senior leaders will have roles such as assistant headteacher or assistant/vice-principals
  • In large secondary schools, heads of large departments and faculties, leaders may have responsibility commensurate with that of senior leaders
  • In primary schools, senior leaders will have roles such as assistant/associate headteacher or assistant/vice-principals as well as substantive whole-school responsibilities
  • If the senior leader is aspiring to headship, or is a deputy headteacher in secondary / deputy or assistant headteacher in primary, this person is likely to be more suited to NPQH
  • For both aspiring and serving senior leaders to receive their qualification, they will need to lead an improvement project across their school, lasting at least two terms, to reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching. Therefore, it is essential that this is something your school understands and will support when placing participants on the programme.

Please note it is an expectation that participants attend 8 out of 9 training sessions in order to pass this programme

Course Booking

Audience: Senior leaders, aspiring senior leaders, staff with significant responsibilities
Date: TBC
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Cohort size: Maximum 20 people per cohort
Venue: Online sessions
Cost: £1100

NPQH – National Professional Qualification for Headship

We have partnered with UCL IoE through their national Alliance to deliver National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

UCL IoE are the NPQ licence holder and are accountable for all NPQ provision under the terms of their licence, including that provided by us as a member of this Alliance. As a provider of NPQs through this Alliance, we work closely with UCL IoE to ensure that we meet all of the necessary requirements and metrics as set out by the Department for Education and as per the terms of UCL IoE’s licence. This is to ensure the quality and consistency of these qualifications at a national level.

The Programme

This NPQH programme has been developed collaboratively between school leaders, UCL teaching staff and researchers and is built upon high-quality leadership practice, evidence and research. It is a varied programme of study that enables participants to self-reflect and apply their learning in their own context.

Participants will receive learning journals to support each of their development days and be supported by online resources, 360 degree diagnostic survey, coaching, workplace learning, peer and facilitated learning.

The NPQH programme consists of the following modules:

  • Module 1: Programme Induction;

  • Module 2: Succeeding in Headship;
  • Module 3: Leading Learning and Teaching
  • Module 4: Leading with Impact;
  • Module 5: Leading Effective Partnerships;
  • Module 6: Leading Strategically.

The main focus of this programme is to ensure all participants increase their confidence and capability in the core skills and responsibilities of an effective school leader.

The course will empower participants to develop a strong network to support them as Headteachers.

Participants will be assessed through a written assignment to ensure they have reached the qualification requirements, plus a viva interview to assess them against the more challenging Ambition bar.

The programme comprises a series of training sessions, along with pre and post-reading, a nine-day school placement and an in-school impact project.

The NPQH curriculum covers 6 competency areas

  • Leadership skills for Headteachers;
  • School self-evaluation and school improvement planning

  • School culture and vision

  • Operational management of a school including finance and HR

  • Teaching, learning and curriculum
  • Pastoral leadership

Eligibility

This programme is suitable for those currently in Headship roles and Deputy heads who are aspiring to headship and meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You will probably be in a headship role in the next 12-18 months
  • You will have completed at least one year at a deputy head level
  • As this programme is for those whose next step is headship, eligibility is limited to deputy and associate Headteachers in secondary settings, and deputy, associate and assistant heads in primary. Assistant heads in secondary whose role is commensurate to that of a deputy head are also eligible

  • You will have evidence of having made substantial positive impact on a school

In order for both aspiring and serving Headteachers to receive their qualification, they will need to complete the project element of this qualification successfully. This is in two parts:

  • Lead a change programme at whole-school level, lasting at least two terms, to improve pupil progress and attainment. They will need to present the plan to their governing board prior to implementation, and gather their feedback.

  • Undertake a placement in a contrasting school (for example, by performance, pupil profile, geography), lasting at least nine working days.  Therefore, it is essential that the school understands the level of support they will need to put in place when they are placing participants on the programme.

Course Booking

Audience: Deputy Headteachers
Date: TBC
Time: TBC
Cohort size: Maximum 10 people per cohort
Venue: Online sessions
Cost: £1500