National Professional Qualifications

During 2018/2019 we are working in collaboration with Ambition School Leadership to provide National Professional Qualifications for middle and senior leaders.
Training senior and middle leaders to take on the responsibilities of leadership and management is key to the success of a school. It is vital, especially when many staff are taking on increased responsibilities at an earlier stage in their career, that we fully support our new leaders with high quality training that provides them with the skills and knowledge to take on these important roles.

Book now for courses starting in November 2018 - please use the enquiry form

Dates for next NPQML Course
Thursday 8th November 2018 – 1pm to 4pm
Thursday 10th January 2019 – 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Thursday 14th March 2019 – 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Thursday 20th June 2019 – 1pm to 4pm
 
Dates for next NPQSL Course
Wednesday 14th November 2018 – 9.15 am to 4.15 pm
Wednesday 16th January 2019 – 9.15 am to 4.15 pm
Wednesday 20th March 2019 – 9.15 am to 4.15 pm
Wednesday 19th June 2019 – 9.15 am to 4.15 pm
Wednesday September 18th 2019 – 1pm to 4pm

Dates have been set to manage workload and will be discussed with participants to support them in meeting deadlines.

Venue
Hillingdon Primary School, Uxbridge Road, UB10 0PH

Facilitator for the course
The course is facilitated by Ann Bowen-Breslin, Principal at Hillingdon Primary School and National Leader of Education. Ann has worked in education for over thirty years, thirteen years as a teacher and eighteen years as a headteacher. She has led three primary schools with very different contexts, including high levels of deprivation, and has taken her present school from an Ofsted requires improvement judgement to outstanding. 

Course Content

NPQSL/Course Programme
The main focus of this programme is the participant’s own leadership development, including how to make best use of tasks and tools to make the transition to senior leadership. Participants are assessed through a written assignment to ensure that they have reached the qualification requirements plus a viva interview to assess them against the more challenging Ambition bar.  
The programme consists of a series of training sessions, along with pre- and post-reading and an in-school impact project.  
The training sessions include the following five core areas: 

  • Self-development and stepping up into senior leadership
  • Strategic leadership using data
  • Leadership of whole-school CPD
  • Teaching and learning improvements
  • Horizon scanning and looking to the future 
 
To make sure participants get the most out of the programme they need to carry out pre-and post-workshop reading outside of the sessions. 

Length
The programme consists of nine half-day sessions spread throughout the course of a school year. 

Eligibility
This programme is suitable for:

Middle leaders who are aspiring to senior leadership and meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • 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.

Course Content

NPQML / Course Programme
The main focus of this programme is to ensure that all participants increase their confidence, capability and impact as a middle leader. The course empowers participants to proactively develop a strong network to support them in their first steps in leadership. Participants are assessed through a written assignment to ensure that they have reached the qualification requirements plus a viva interview to assess them against the more challenging Ambition bar. 
Course content covers all assessment requirements with six areas of focus being: 

·         Strategy and improvement 
·         Teaching and curriculum excellence
·         Leading with impact
·         Working in partnership
·         Managing resources 
·         Risks and increasing capability 

Workshops include a mixture of theoretical input plus case studies and interactive discussion among participants. Participants are directed to a bank of online resources that supplement and enhance learning thus preparing them for the written assessment.

Length
The programme consists of six half-day sessions spread throughout the course of a school year although it is possible to deliver two in a day. 

Eligibility
This programme is suitable for:

·         Teachers who are aspiring to middle leadership and who meet the following eligibility criteria:
o   Likely to be in a middle leadership role in the next 12-18 months 
o   Have completed at least one year of full-time teaching
 
·         Those currently in middle leadership roles who fit within the guidance below: 
o   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 
o   In primary schools, middle leaders will have roles such as phase leaders; key stage leaders or a whole-school lead role (for example, literacy)
o   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.



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