Partnership With Ambition Institute
We are proud to be part of the Ambition NPQ Alliance, delivering National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) in partnership with Ambition Institute, the graduate school for teachers, school leaders and system leaders.
We design, manage and deliver a bespoke National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) offer around the core NPQ curricula, content and resources that Ambition Institute provides. Ambition Institute also provides facilitator training and quality assurance to help us deliver the best possible development to participants. Ambition Institute, as the accredited license holder, is also responsible for the assessment of all NPQ submissions.
You can find out more about Ambition Institute, the Alliance and its outcomes by visiting their website.
We work closely with Ambition Institute to ensure our offer meets all the requirements and metrics as set out by the Department for Education in the NPQ Quality Framework and the NPQ Content and Assessment Framework.
National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)
We deliver the Department for Education’s NPQML, in partnership with Ambition Institute.
Each NPQ – regardless of level – covers seven leadership behaviours and six competencies:
- Personal drive
- Strategy and Improvement
- Leading and Impact
- Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
- Managing Resources and Risk
- Work in Partnership
- Building Capacity
In order to complete your chosen NPQ you will be required to:
- Attend all training sessions and any other requirements set out by the provider.
- Have a sponsor or mentor in your own school.
- Complete an in-school project and submit a write-up of this project (showing how, through completion of this project, you have evidenced the required competencies and behaviours).
- This project must last for at least two terms.
- The NPQML and NPQSL require completion of one project only, whilst the NPQH and NPQEL require the completion of two projects.
- For the NPQH one of these projects must be completed over a nine-day placement in a contrasting school.
- You must submit your write-up and all evidence within 18 months of the start of your programme.
Please see the NPQ Content and Assessment Framework for more detail about your chosen NPQ, including assignments and placements.
To support you in the completion of your chosen NPQ our offer includes as standard:
- Expert-designed curriculum, content and resources which align to the required leadership behaviours and competencies, provided by Ambition Institute
- Minimum 18 hours of face-to-face, facilitated training delivered over at least two terms (but no more than 18 months)
- Two 360° reviews (at the beginning and end of the programme)
- Option of a Viva
- A network of peers and relevant experts
- Assessment support and full assessment of your final submission
- Trained and quality assured facilitators of whom at least 50% are serving school leaders