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NPQML AND NPQSL Programmes

Middle and Senior Leadership Programme: The National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership (NPQML) and National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

Please note that the application window for cohort 8 programmes (Autumn term 2016) facilitated at The Compton is now closed. The information below is intended as guidance for future applicants.

The application window on  University of London/ Institute of Education website for 20117-18 programmes will open during summer term 2017: http://www.lcll.org.uk/national-college-leadership-development-programmes.html

Information for prospective applicants

  • The National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership (NPQML) and National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL) are accredited qualifications that provide national recognition for leadership development and professional achievement as a middle or senior leader.
  • In conjunction with University College London and The Institute of  Education (Leadership Colab), The ComptonSchool is a centre for facilitating face-to face sessions as an integral part of both programmes
  • The Compton was one of the first schools chosen deliver the facilitated sessions on behalf of  UCL IOE and has a team of highly experienced senior school leader trained to facilitate both programmes
  • The Compton is committed to working with schools in  Barnet and other neighbouring local authorities to support the identification and development of future school leaders

 

The information and links below provide an overview of both programmes and details on how to apply

Level 1:  National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership (NPQML)

  • This programme is for middle leaders in schools.  It is expected that applicants have responsibility for leading a team within the school and is aimed at middle leaders including key stage, subject and curriculum leaders. To achieve the qualification, participants need to complete two essential modules and one elective module, with a focus on driving successful team performance and improving classroom practice.

 

Level 2: National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

  • This programme is for senior leaders in schools.  It is expected that the applicants not only have responsibility for leading a team, but that they are also involved in a range of activities that affect the whole school organisation.  It is aimed at senior leaders including deputy heads and assistant head who are not aspiring to headship at this stage of their career.

 

Modular delivery

  • These qualifications have a flexible, modular structure that combines core (compulsory) modules with the freedom to specialise or develop your own professional areas of interest through the choice of elective (optional) modules.
  • Each module requires up to 50 hours of blended learning. This typically consists of workplace learning (about 20 hours) and practice activities, face-to-face activity, including peer and facilitated learning and reading, reflection and online learning. Each module has an online source of material including many examples of practice and activities to pursue. The face-to-face facilitated learning (about 10 hours) will be offered at a flexible range of times and venues including weekdays, Saturdays and twilights, in either 5 hour daytime blocks or 2½ hour twilight blocks.

Completion, assessment and award of the qualification

  • Completion of either NPQML or NPQSL can take from six to eighteen months and will be assessed, and the qualifications awarded, by the National College, with assessment focusing on tasks linked to school improvement activities undertaken in the workplace. Participants will need to:
  • demonstrate the impact that their work has had on their own leadership and school outcomes
  • demonstrate how they have drawn on learning from both essential and elective modules for their school improvement work

 

Links to a Master’s degree

You can use your NPQML or NPQSL qualification to contribute towards a Master’s degree with the IOE. See link for Master’s-level accreditation guidance.

 

Criteria for acceptance to the programme

Applications will be judged according to applicants demonstrating a readiness to pursue training at that the nominated level. The selection criteria will be judged by:

  • the suitability of the role of the applicants
  • evidence of leadership activity at the appropriate level
  • support of the referee – your line manager or headteacher

Costs for NPQML for 2016-17

  • Participants attending central training at UCL/IOE - £995
  • Participants attending local cluster based training at The Compton - £775

 Costs for NPQSL for 2016-17

  • Participants attending central training at UCL/IOE - £1265
  • Participants attending local cluster based training at The Compton - £995

 

Applications for both NPQML and NPQSL

Please note that participation at the facilitated sessions at The Compton is open to all participants applying through University College London/Institute of Education: Leadership Colab (IOE and their partner schools)

Participants wishing to join a local cluster based at The Compton should indicate their preference to attend facilitated sessions at “The Compton-Barnet TSA” on their application

If you wish to make an application for either programme, you should download and complete the separate application forms (links below) and return to Hilary Barton at leadershipcolab@ioe.ac.uk.

Application form for Middle Leaders                     Application form for Senior Leaders

For additional information, see Institute of Education: Leadership Colab website http://www.lcll.org.uk/national-college-leadership-development-programmes.html

Or contact Emma Hazlegreaves emma.hazlegreaves@thecompton.org.uk