Honouring Pride month

Improving the effectiveness of leaders

Empowering leaders to make change happen through NPQs

We know that the quality of teaching is the most important factor in improving pupil outcomes, but we also know that this cannot happen in schools without effective leadership. Great leaders create the right conditions for improvement in the classroom and school.

Our National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) will empower leaders and aspiring leaders to create conditions for change and embed evidence-informed teaching and learning at their levels of control, whether that be the classroom, department, school or Trust.

For teachers taking their first steps into specialist leadership roles, our Specialist NPQs support practitioners towards mastery of relevant expertise, giving them the knowledge and tools to develop others and extend their influence beyond their own classrooms.

Our Leadership NPQs guide experienced and aspiring leaders through learning that examines the three layers of influence: school culture; the organisational conditions which bring this culture to life; and how these conditions can promote excellent teaching in every classroom.

As with all our professional development programmes, our NPQs are built around the real needs of schools and leaders. By working closely with educators from a range of contexts and specialisms, we ensure that all our materials are relevant, using real life situations and provide new techniques that are useful straight away. We pay close attention to workload and wellbeing, with a range of resources and support available for all, and in particular new headteachers.

Developing the expertise and capacity to lead improvement

All our NPQs begin with learning on Leading Improvement to introduce capacity development (professional development) and managing improvement (implementation), which is then embedded in later learning.

Both our Specialist and Leadership qualifications use a common methodology to develop participants’ expertise and capabilities:

  • An introduction and diagnostic assessment to frame learning, identify gaps and direct participants to the areas most relevant to them.
  • Tutor support sessions, led by a Local Lead Trainer for each group, and six one-hour coaching sessions for Executive Leaders.
  • Online evidence and examples to explain key ideas and demonstrate how effective schools and leaders implement these concepts.
  • A micro implementation task to reinforce the overall approach to managing improvement and prepare for the summative assessment.
  • Face-to-face and live online training to bring participants together with their peers for expert-led dialogue, collaborative activities and structured practice of new techniques.
  • A formative assessment activity to check understanding and confidence, signpost towards further learning and provide individual feedback.