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The National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) is a new, nationally recognised qualification aimed at existing executive headteachers, CEO of a Multi-Academy Trust or those aspiring to become one..

NPQEL Programme

NPQEL will develop talented leaders from all backgrounds who can deliver educational excellence in a self-improving system, and high quality outcomes for pupils and students.

Duration

12 - 18 months consisting of four compulsory face to face days, starting with a launch event with dinner, ending with a dissemination dinner

Places

20

Venue

Holiday Inn, Eastleigh

Cost

£2250

Applications

Closing date for applications is 20th July 2018 - for an October 2018 start.

Qualification

NPQEL

NPQEL application form

NPQEL’s focus is on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding that leaders deploy across multiple educational settings. It combines research theory and practice with a strong emphasis on peer to peer learning, supported by established expertise within the field. The programme will encourage participants to take part in debate and develop practice that will not only support their own school’s development and also contribute to wider system knowledge.

There are 6 content areas for the NPQEL, these set out what a leader should know or be able to do. The 6 content areas are common to each NPQ level, but the knowledge and skills within them increase in sophistication, depth and breadth progressively through the NPQ levels. They are:

  • Strategy and Improvement
  • Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
  • Leading with Impact
  • Working in Partnership
  • Managing Resources and Risks
  • Increasing Capability

Your knowledge and skills will then be assessed through corresponding assessment criteria and assessment tasks, covered below.

Leadership Behaviours

There are 7 leadership behaviours, common to each NPQ level, these set out how the best leaders operate. They are:

  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Personal Drive
  • Resilience
  • Awareness
  • Integrity
  • Respect

NPQEL dates - 2018 - 2019

NPQEL dates - 2018 - 2019

NPQEL Assessment Tasks Description

 Project Theme:

  1. Designing a sustainable business development strategy for my organisation (4,000 words)
  2. Leading an improvement project across several schools (4,000 words)

 

Project 1 Project 2
Strategy and Improvement Strategy and Improvement
Leading with Impact Teaching & Curriculum Excellence
Working in Partnership Leading with Impact
Managing Resources and Risks Working in Partnership
Increasing Capability

Content Areas Assessed:

Task 1 – Candidates must:

  • Design a sustainable business development strategy for their organisation, analysing the benefits, costs and risks of different options (for example, growth and stabilisation).
  • Present their chosen strategy to their governing board/board of trustees, record it, answer questions, and gather its feedback.
  • Submit a written account of the project to the provider for assessment, which aims to evidence the criteria indicated. This should cover the design, implementation and evaluation of the project.
  • Submit supportng documents/material as evidence where indicated below. Supporting evidence must be concise and directly related to the candidate’s project and corresponding assessment criterion.
  • Not exceed a total word count of 4,000, excluding supporting documents or annexes.

 Task 2 – Candidates must:

  • Lead a project to improve progress and attainment in several schools. The precise focus of the project should be negotiated and agreed with representatives of the relevant schools.
  • Present their plans to a group of relevant stakeholders (for example, the relevant governing boards, teachers and community representatives), record it, answer questions and gather their feedback
  • Submit a written account of the project to the provider for assessment, which aims to evidence the criteria indicated. This should cover the design, implementation and evaluation of the project.
  • Submit supporting documents/material as evidence where indicated below. Supporting evidence must be concise and directly related to the candidate’s project and corresponding assessment criterion.
  • Not exceed a total word count of 4,000, excluding supporting documents or annexes
Content Area NPQEL Assessment Criteria Supporting Documents Required
TASK 1
Strategy and Improvement 1.4.1 Analyses the external and/or strategic environment, identifies implications for relevant organisations, and applies findings to own plans
1.4.2 Analyses research into, and examples of, successful business development and business failure, drawn from schools and non-school contexts, and applies findings to own plans
1.4.3  Analyses research into, and examples of, delivering change across a number of organisations, drawn from schools and non-school contexts, and applies findings to own plans
Leading with Impact 3.4.1 Analyses the motivations and/or priorities of colleagues/stakeholders, integrating these in the design and communication of plans Presentation recording and feedback
3.4.2 Secures colleague and/or stakeholder support for visionary or challenging goals Presentation recording and feedback
Working in Partnership 4.4.1 Exploits expertise, professional advice and/or best practice from beyond the education system and applies it to own plans
4.4.3 Analyses research into and examples of expanding and/or joining a school partnership successfully, including an academy chain, and applies findings to own plans
Managing Risks and Resources 5.4.1 Analyses the benefits, risks and costs of different business development strategies in resource terms (for example, in terms of  finances, staffing, workload and educational resources)
5.4.2 Analyses opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of resources deployed sustainably and applies findings to the design of plans
5.4.3 Evaluates the effectiveness of different accountability arrangements for managing resources and risks and defines appropriate financial accountability and risk management arrangements for own plans
Increasing Capability 6.4.1 Analyses organisation’s capability to meet current and future requirements and applies findings to own plans
Evaluates the benefits and risks of different strategies in terms of:6.4.2     professional development opportunities, including for new and the most talented staff6.4.3     the supply and demand of staff, including in key posts6.4.4     the organisation’s responsiveness and resilience to change

 

TASK 2
Strategy and Improvement 1.4.1 Analyse the external and/or strategic environment, identifies implications for relevant organisations, and applies findings to own plans
1.4.3  Analyses research into, and examples of, delivering change across a number of organisations, drawn from schools and non-school contexts, and applies findings to own plans
Teaching & Curriculum Excellence 2.4.1 Evaluates teaching quality across several schools accurately, using a systematic and rounded approach, and applies findings to own plans
2.4.2 Analyses domestic and international research into, and examples of, school improvement strategies in relation to progress, attainment and behaviour, including interventions targeted at disadvantaged pupils or those with particular needs, and applies findings to own plans
2.4.3 Analyses research into and examples of effective school-to-school support systems in relation to teaching quality, pupil progress and attainment and applies findings to own plans
2.4.4 Designs, implements and evaluates an improvement strategy that improves pupil progress and attainment across several schools Pupil performance data
Leading with Impact 3.4.1 Analyses the motivations and/or priorities colleagues/stakeholders, integrating these in the design and communication of plans Presentation recording and feedback
3.4.2 Secures colleague and/or stakeholder support for visionary or challenging goals Presentation recording and feedback
3.4.3 Analyses their own motivations and moral purpose and integrates these in own design, communication and leadership of plans
3.4.4 Evaluates different strategies to publically promote and/or defend plans, including in the media, and implements  recommended approach Communications/Stakeholder engagement plan, including Media handling
Working in Partnership 4.4.1 Exploits expertise, professional advice and/or best practice from beyond the education system and applies it to own plans
4.4.2 Analyses research into, and examples of, successful school-to-school support partnerships and collaborations applies findings to own plans

 

 

DfE funding is available for participants from schools in category 5 and 6 schools