• NPQSL
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Introduction


The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is a qualification that provides national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a senior leader.

The NPQSL is aimed at senior leaders in primary, secondary and special school settings with cross-school responsibilities. This includes experienced middle leaders, deputy heads, assistant heads and other senior staff looking for further professional development but not aspiring to headship at this stage in their career.

NPQSL is delivered in local clusters across the East Midlands and Yorkshire using practitioners and outstanding school leaders from across the region. It is expected that participants will complete the programme within 12-18 months.



Our Delivery Model


Our delivery model adopts a blended learning approach providing a mix of self directed learning with face to face input, further reading, experience in school and exposure to outstanding practise. Click on the links below to explore the different elements involved.


Self Review

Self Review

Self Review

All participants have the opportunity to complete a self review form based on our Leadership Behaviours. This is designed to highlight strengths and areas for development for you to consider and focus on that will enable you to develop and grow as a leader. You are encouraged to complete the form with your coach before attending the induction and to review this at least twice throughout the programmee.

Face to Face Days

Face to Face Days

Face to Face Days

NPQSL has been designed to support the participant as you progress through your leadership development journey, aligning your practise in school with the assessment task.

Participants are required to attend 7.5 face to face days over the course of the programme; 7 full days beginning with an induction and ending with a celebration, and a half day Leadership Focus Day (more information below).

The following learning content areas are covered over the course of the programe:

  • Teaching & Curriculum Excellence

  • Strategy & Improvement

  • Leading with Impact

  • Working in Partnership

  • Managing Risks

  • Increasing Capability

Each day has been specifically designed with an effective senior leader in mind, using a variety of types of study including theory, models, case studies and accounts of practise to enable each participant to determine their own learning and leadership style. Emphasis is placed on collaboration, coaching and reflection to ultimately empower the participant to build trust and credibility, vision and confidence as a leader.

The programme begins with a whole day induction and ends with a leadership celebration. These will be delivered as a whole regional intake. The rest of the days will be cluster based, delivered in cohorts that are local to you.

Where possible face to face days will be hosted within school settings, so that we can take advantage of the learning environments they provide including learning walks, lesson observations and staff/pupil input.

The Facilitators

The Facilitators

The Facilitators

All face to face days are delivered in your local area by experienced school based senior leaders who are based in your region and have a track record of delivering successful leadership development programmes. All our facilitators are trained and accredited by Inspiring Leaders in order to deliver on the programme.

The Coach

The Coach

The Coach

The coach is an important element of the NPQSL programme. Each participant is required to identify a coach in their own school who will support, challenge and enable them to maximise their leadership development experience back in school. This is usually the participants’ line manager or sometimes the Headteacher.

The coach has a key role throughout NPQSL including:

  • Providing a brief supporting statement of commitment on the application form.

  • Reviewing the 360 diagnostic results with the participant prior to induction.

  • Enabling the participant with opportunity to put their learning on NPQSL into practise.

  • Ensuring the participant identifies a suitable assessment task that will meet the criteria and provides stretch and challenge.

  • Verification of the participant’s assessment at the end of the programme.

Leadership Library

Leadership Library

Leadership Library

Inspiring Leaders will provide participants with a log in to access the leadership library online. This is an online platform that will allow you to access a range of case studies, up to date national and international research and other high quality resources and activities to support your learning.

Leadership Focus Days

Leadership Focus Days

Leadership Focus Days

Unique to our delivery model are our leadership focus days. These sessions are additional half days providing participants with the opportunity to see practice in action. They will involve the opportunity to visit a school within our partnership to explore a particular leadership theme. Focus days will include learning walks, lesson drop ins, input from key school leaders, key members of staff and children. These opportunities are designed to support you to develop your own leadership vision and reflect on outstanding practice.

Participants will have a choice of three themes and must attend one. However, it will be possible to attend more than one themed focus day if you wish to do so for a small additional fee.



Assessment


In order to gain the NPQSL qualification, participants are required to complete an assessment task in their own school.

Participants must complete the following task:


Task 1

  • Lead an improvement project in their school lasting at least 2 terms to reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment and improve efficiency and effectiveness of teaching.

  • Submit a written report that doesn’t exceed 5000 words, demonstrating how you meet the criteria which includes initiation, implementation and evaluation of the project.

  • Submit supporting documents evidencing your learning and relating to the assessment criteria.

It is essential that participants are provided with opportunity to lead a team during their time with NPQSL.

More information about the assessment including guidance and criteria will be provided at the induction day.



Costs for 2017-18


For schools with over 210 on role, the cost of NPQSL is £1200+VAT.

For schools with less than 210 on role, the cost is £1050+VAT

If you are a member of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) and on our preferred supplier list or your school is one of our partner teaching school alliance schools, you may be eligible for a 10% discount (schools with over 210 on role only).



Booking


  • The application window is open until 8th October 2017.

  • Complete the application form and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Applicants will receive notification of their application outcome by 12th October 2017.

  • Those who have been successful will be invited to the induction. Those who have not been successful will be provided with feedback to support an application in the future.

  • Induction will take place on 31st October 2017 at Jurys Inn Hotel, East Midlands Airport (For participants in the East Midlands) and 17th October at Robert Wilkinson Primary School, York (For participants in Yorkshire).

Download the NPQSL Application Form Here



FAQS



How do I apply for NPQSL?

You will need to complete a booking form and submit this to Inspiring Leaders before the deadline shown. Your Headteacher will be required to complete a short sponsor statement on your booking form to verify your booking and ensure support is provided to your commitment.

What is the assessment requirement for NPQSL?

In order to gain the NPQSL qualification, participants are required to complete an assessment task in their own school. Participants must:

  • Lead an improvement project in their school lasting at least 2 terms to reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment and improve efficiency and effectiveness of teaching.

  • Submit a written report that doesn’t exceed 5000 words, demonstrating how you meet the criteria which includes initiation, implementation and evaluation of the project.

  • Submit supporting documents evidencing your learning and relating to the assessment criteria.

How much does the NPQSL programme cost?

The cost of NPQH for 2016-17 is £1200+VAT. There is a 10% for MAT bookings for 4 of more. Your school will automatically be invoiced for this approximately two weeks prior to the start of the programme. However, payment plans are available if you are funding this personally or are from a small school. Please contact us on 0115 989 1913 to discuss options.

How long do I have to complete the NPQSL qualification?

We aim to ensure that you complete the programme between 12 and 18 months which is in line with DfE guidelines.

Where will the programme be delivered?

NPQSL is delivered throughout the East Midlands and some parts of Yorkshire via external venues and schools within our Teaching School Alliances. This includes venues in North and South Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, York and the East Coast. The intake is split into regional cohorts so participants attend most of the days at a venue near to them. However, the first day (induction) and the last day (leadership celebration) will take place as one cohort at the start and end of the programme.

Can I study towards my masters qualification too?

Yes you can. Nottingham Trent University, in partnership with Inspiring Leaders, offers a unique opportunity to maximise your NPQH experience. (You can study in your locality: attendance at Nottingham Trent University is not required). Two national award options are available:

  • A Postgraduate Certificate in Education (60 masters level credits).

  • A Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management (120 masters level credits).
*Both of these options provide a progression route on to the MA in Educational Leadership and Management awarded by Nottingham Trent University.

Please note completing NPQSL itself does not carry masters points. Work towards masters credits is undertaken as a separate piece of work that links to the NPQSL assessment tasks.

When is the next intake of NPQSL with Inspiring Leaders?

We currently run two intakes a year. Specific dates for the next intake will be published on this page.

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