Leadership

L.E.A.D. Teaching School Alliance holds a license from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to deliver nationally accredited leadership qualifications across the East Midlands. Although we are based in Nottingham City Centre, we have partnership arrangements with schools across the region- to allow us to deliver bespoke, local cohorts.

The qualifications available are listed below. Please click on the links to find out more information about each qualification, including where and when they are running and how to register.

National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

For middle leaders such as department or subject heads – for those looking to develop their skills in team leadership.

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

For senior leaders not aspiring to headship – for those with senior team responsibilities such as deputy or assistant headteachers who are not yet looking to move into headship.

National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

For those aspiring to headship – for experienced assistant or deputy headteachers who are close to headship.


 

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National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) is assessed and accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. The qualification provides recognition of leadership development and professional achievement. NPQML will give you the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to drive successful team performance and improve classroom practice. Click here for more information on NPQML.

Eligibility

Middle leaders with responsibility for leading a team (e.g. a key stage/subject/curriculum leader, head of department or pastoral leader). Contact us if you are not sure if you are eligible for this qualification.
Registration

We are now recruiting for Autumn 2019. Register for your place online.

Registration deadline: Friday 20th January 2019

When completing the registration form you will need to know your teacher reference number (TRN) and your school URN, size and type. If you are unsure of your TRN then you can download a copy of your QTS certificate here or contact CAPITA on 01325 745000 and they will be able to provide this information. The school details required can be found on the government schools database found here.

Once we receive a completed registration form we will contact your headteacher to request confirmation that they support your place. Once confirmation from your head is received, we will email you to confirm your place on the qualification.
Location

NPQML is delivered at high quality venues throughout the East.
Fees

Please see below for fees
NPQML

To support prospective registrants we are hosting online briefings for the Middle Leadership qualification. You can sign-up for these for free.

The qualification has a flexible, modular structure that combines core modules with the freedom to specialise and develop candidates’ own professional areas of interest through the choice of an elective module. Modules cover three learning areas:

  • Educational excellence
  • Operational management
  • Strategic leadership

All modules focus on improving the effectiveness of leadership practice and consist of workplace learning and practice activities: face-to-face workshops and online learning. Candidates will have the opportunity to:

  • Access high-quality learning materials and look at accounts of practice from outstanding leaders
  • Reflect on their own leadership through discussion and debate with peers
  • Put theory into practice and continue to improve their own leadership in order to have a greater impact within their institution

Activities within modules have been designed to stimulate and challenge thinking, build knowledge, skills and expertise, and promote change and improvement in leadership behaviours, capability and capacity.

Delivery model

Delivery covers a 12-month period, with the expectation that candidates will submit for final assessment within 18 months. During this time you will:

  • Undertake four face-to-face sessions spread throughout the course duration
  • Complete three supported online courses
  • Attend regular online web conferencing for support throughout the qualification
  • Be supported by a nominated in-school mentor

Assessment

The NPQML final assessment process has been designed to enable candidates to demonstrate their ability to deliver successful and sustainable school improvement in their school setting and they can use the experience to reflect upon and improve their leadership competencies.

The final assessment process will comprise one assessed task drawn from the candidate’s work in their school, in which they lead at a team level for an extended period, on a school improvement priority. The school improvement task will include written evidence/appropriate documentation submitted by the candidate and further evidence/verification from their sponsor and headteacher.

Fees

School Type/Fees Payable: All state-maintained schools and academies in England – £950

School Type/Fees Payable: Independent/Overseas Schools – £950 + Assessment fees*

*Final assessment activity will be funded for all candidates from English state-maintained schools and academies

Exemptions

Participants can request exemption from the elective module (and will be entitled to a discount of £100 from the course fee) if they have completed postgraduate studies in educational leadership (certificate, diploma and higher degrees) within the last three years.

Delivery For Your School Alliance

If your school alliance has at least 10 staff that you wish to register for NPQML, then we can set up a bespoke group for you. This will provide you with the benefit of using your own facilities for face-to-face training and determining the dates and delivery model (twilights, school holidays, half-days, etc).

A collaborative group will also bring a financial benefit, as the candidate fees can be reduced to reflect the number of candidates and any savings made by using your school’s facilities.

If you were involved in delivery of the now discontinued MLDP programme, we can support your delivery team to retrain on the new qualification and work with you to set-up and run the new NPQML qualification within your alliance.

For more information, please contact us on 0117 9209 426 or email the team.

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is assessed and accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. The qualification provides recognition of leadership development and professional achievement. NPQSL will give you the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to be a highly effective senior leader.

Eligibility

Senior leaders with cross-school responsibilities (an experienced middle leader, a deputy head, SENCo, AST or senior leader looking for professional development but not aspiring for headship at this stage.)

Contact us if you are not sure if you are eligible for this qualification.
Registration

We are now recruiting for Autumn 2016. Register for your place online.

Registration deadline: Friday 20th January 2017

When completing the registration form you will need to know your teacher reference number (TRN) and your school URN, size and type. If you are unsure of your TRN then you can download a copy of your QTS certificate here or contact CAPITA on 01325 745000 and they will be able to provide this information. The school details required can be found on the government schools database found here.

Once we receive a completed registration form we will contact your headteacher to request confirmation that they support your place. Once confirmation from your head is received we will email you to confirm your place on the qualification.
Location

NPQSL is delivered at high quality venues throughout the East.
Fees

Please see below for fees
NPQSL

To support prospective registrants we are hosting online briefings for the Senior Leadership qualification.

The qualification has a flexible, modular structure that combines core modules with the freedom to specialise and develop candidates’ own professional areas of interest through the choice of an elective module. Modules cover three learning areas:

  • Educational excellence
  • Operational management
  • Strategic leadership

All modules focus on improving the effectiveness of leadership practice and consist of workplace learning and practice activities: face-to-face workshops and online learning. Candidates will have the opportunity to:

  • Access high-quality learning materials and look at accounts of practice from outstanding leaders
  • Reflect on their own leadership through discussion and debate with peers
  • Put theory into practice and continue to improve their own leadership in order to have a greater impact within their institution

Activities within modules have been designed to stimulate and challenge thinking, build knowledge, skills and expertise, and promote change and improvement in leadership behaviours, capability and capacity.

Delivery Model

Delivery covers a 12-month period, with the expectation that candidates will submit for final assessment within 18 months. During this time you will:

  • Undertake four face-to-face sessions spread throughout the course duration
  • Complete four supported online courses
  • Attend regular online web conferencing for support throughout the qualification
  • Be supported by a nominated in-school mentor
  • Undertake a number of learning visits

Assessment

The NPQSL final assessment process has been designed to enable candidates to demonstrate that they can deliver successful and sustainable school improvement in their school setting, and that they can use the experience to reflect upon and improve their leadership competencies.

The final assessment process will comprise two assessed tasks drawn from a candidate’s work in their school, in which they lead at a team level for an extended period, on a school improvement priority. The school improvement tasks will include written evidence/appropriate documentation submitted by the candidate and further evidence/verification from their sponsor and headteacher.

Fees

£1,250 + Assessment fees*

* Final assessment activity will be funded for all candidates from English state-maintained schools and academies.

Exemptions

Participants can request exemption from the elective module (and will be entitled to a discount of £100 from the course fee) if they have completed postgraduate studies in educational leadership (certificate, diploma and higher degrees) within the last three years.

Delivery For Your School Alliance

If your school alliance has at least 10 staff that you wish to register for NPQSL then we can set up a bespoke group for you. This will provide you with the benefit of using your own facilities for face-to-face training and determining the dates and delivery model (twilights, school holidays, half-days, etc).

A collaborative group will also bring a financial benefit, as the candidate fees can be reduced to reflect the number of candidates and any savings made by using your school’s facilities.

If you were involved in delivery of the now discontinued MLDP programme we can support your delivery team to retrain on the new qualification and work with you to set-up and run the new NPQML qualification within your alliance.

For more information, please contact us on 0117 9209 426 or email the team.

National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is the first-choice qualification for anyone aspiring to be a headteacher.

The qualification not only focuses on the key skills needed for headship, but also meets the highest standards for leadership development anywhere in the world. NPQH is a high bar that will challenge and develop talented leaders from all backgrounds to deliver educational excellence in a self-improving system, and high-quality outcomes for pupils and students.

Who is this for?

NPQH is suitable for candidates who are highly motivated to become a headteacher and are no more than 18 months from applying for headship. Candidates must pass the gateway assessment before registering with a provider.
How to Apply

The application deadline has now passed for NPQH to start in Spring 2017.

We would like to wish good luck to everyone who submitted an application and we look forward to working with you.

New Candidates
The application gateway will reopen in summer for NPQH Autumn 2017. If you are interested in applying for NPQH Autumn 2017 and wish to receive course updates, then please register your interest by emailing L.E.A.D or by calling 0117 920 9424.
Location

NPQH is delivered at high quality venues throughout the Midlands.
Fees

Please see below for fees
NPQH

The qualification is assessed and accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and consists of a flexible, modular structure that combines core modules with the freedom to specialise and to develop your own professional areas of interest through the choice of elective modules. Modules cover three learning areas:

  • Educational excellence
  • Operational management
  • Strategic leadership

All modules focus on improving the effectiveness of leadership practice and consist of workplace learning and practice activities, face-to-face workshops and online learning. Candidates will have the opportunity to:

  • Access high-quality learning materials and look at accounts of practice from outstanding leaders
  • Reflect on their own leadership through discussion and debate with peers
  • Put theory into practice and continue to improve their own leadership in order to have a greater impact within their institution

Activities within modules have been designed to stimulate and challenge thinking, build knowledge, skills and expertise, and promote change and improvement in leadership behaviours, capability and capacity.

Delivery Model

Trainee heads are expected to completion the qualification within a 12 month period. Trainee headteachers benefit from:

    • Five face-to-face training events
    • Five online courses working alongside peers*
    • Face-to-face and online coaching sessions each term
    • Regular online conferences to support and complement learning
    • Access to two 360° leadership skills diagnostics
    • Support from a nominated in-school mentor
    • Facilitation and coaching from serving school leaders in outstanding schools
    • A nine-day school placement (identified according to location, phase and specialism)
    • A mobile-enabled virtual learning environment enabling flexible access to course resources and a support community
    • An option to accrue Credits and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points to contribute towards a Master’s degree

*Online courses take around 15hrs and cover a four-week period. The courses are facilitated by sector experts and provide a structured pathway through the module resources. Course activities are completed collaboratively, helping enhance comprehension and application.

Assessment

The assessment criteria will be used to judge whether trainee headteachers are ready for headship. The criteria will be drawn from the NPQH competency framework. The final assessment process will comprise three assessed tasks and a final presentation/interview:

  • Task 1: Leading school improvement priority in own or agreed school
  • Task 2: Leading school improvement tasks, working in partnership with the placement school
  • Task 3: Case study and presentation/interview

Fees

£2,250 + Assessment Fees*

*All English state-maintained schools and academies have historically had their final assessment funded by the National College. We are awaiting word as to whether final assessment will be again funded for trainee heads, starting Spring 2017. The fee for final assessment is currently being revised and will not be confirmed until January 2017.

Exemptions

School leaders who have a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership can request an exemption from the elective module. Exemptions are only available for qualifications undertaken within the last three years and will entitle candidates to a discount of £100 from the course fee.

Delivery For Your School Alliance

If your school alliance has at least 10 staff that you wish to register for NPQH then we can set up a bespoke group for you. This will provide you with the benefit of using your own facilities for face-to-face training and determining the dates and delivery model (twilights, school holidays, half-days, etc).

A collaborative group will also bring a financial benefit as the candidate fees can be reduced to reflect the number of candidates and any savings made by using your school’s facilities.

For more information, please contact us on 0117 9209 206 or email the team.

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