National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

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The Ivy Learning Trust is proud to be part of the Ambition NPQ Alliance, delivering National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) for School Leaders in partnership with Ambition Institute, the graduate school for teachers, school leaders and system leaders.

We design, manage and deliver a bespoke 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.

All our training is held at primary schools across Enfield and Hertfordshire. For other CPD opportunities please download our training brochure.

About Ambition Institute

Ambition Institute, as the accredited licence 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.

Course information

We deliver the Department for Education’s NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH in partnership with Ambition Institute. Each NPQ – regardless of level – covers the following seven leadership behaviours and six competencies:

Leadership behaviours:

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

Competencies:

  • Strategy and Improvement
  • Leading with Impact
  • Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
  • Managing Resources and Risk
  • Working 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.
  • Complete an in-school project and submit a write-up (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, while the NPQH requires 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 details, 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.

Are you eligible for a fully-funded place?

Funding has been set aside by the government to support teachers and leaders in opportunity areas to access NPQs. We can offer fully-funded places on all three NPQs to those applicants working in a school or Trust in an Opportunity Area (OA) or a Category 5 or 6 area. The eligible areas are:

Category 5 Areas
  • Arun
  • Ashfield
  • Ashford
  • Babergh
  • Basingstoke and Deane
  • Bracknell Forest
  • Braintree
  • Broxtowe
  • Burnley
  • Cannock Chase
  • Carlisle
  • Coventry
  • Dudley
  • East Lindsey
  • Eden
  • Gravesham
  • Halton
  • Havant
  • Kirklees
  • Leicester
  • Lewes
  • Lincoln
  • Luton
  • Mansfield
  • Medway
  • Mid Suffolk
  • Milton Keynes
  • Newark and Sherwood
  • North Lincolnshire
  • North Warwickshire
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth
  • Pendle
  • Reading
  • Rochdale
  • Salford
  • Sefton
  • Sheffield
  • South Staffordshire
  • St Edmundsbury
  • St. Helens
  • Stafford
  • Staffordshire Moorlands
  • Stevenage
  • Swindon
  • Tameside
  • Telford and Wrekin
  • Tendring
  • Thanet
  • Torridge
  • Warrington
  • Wirral
  • Wychavon
  • Wyre Forest
Category 6 Areas
  • Amber Valley
  • Barnsley
  • Blackpool
  • Bolsover
  • Bradford
  • Breckland
  • Chesterfield
  • Corby
  • Crawley
  • Daventry
  • Derby
  • Doncaster
  • East Cambridgeshire
  • East Northamptonshire
  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • East Staffordshire
  • Erewash
  • Fenland
  • Forest Heath
  • Gosport
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Hastings
  • High Peak
  • Huntingdonshire
  • Ipswich
  • Isle of Wight
  • Kettering
  • King’s Lynn and West Norfolk
  • Kingston upon Hull, City of
  • Knowsley
  • Liverpool
  • Middlesbrough
  • North East Derbyshire
  • North East Lincolnshire
  • Northampton
  • Northumberland
  • Norwich
  • Nottingham
  • Oldham
  • Peterborough
  • Portsmouth
  • Sandwell
  • Scarborough
  • South Derbyshire
  • South Holland
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Tamworth
  • Walsall
  • Waveney
  • Wellingborough
  • West Somerset
  • Weymouth and Portland
  • Wolverhampton
  • Worthing
Opportunity Areas

• West Somerset
• Norwich
• Blackpool
• North Yorkshire coast
• Derby
• Oldham
• Bradford
• Doncaster
• Fenland and East Cambridgeshire
• Hastings
• Ipswich
• Stoke-on-Trent

National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

The NPQH is for aspiring or serving headteachers who are looking to develop in their role and achieve a DfE recognised national qualification in leadership.

Programme duration

Up to 18 months.

Cohort size

15.

Location

Crabtree Infants School and Junior School, Crabtree Lane, Harpenden, AL5 5PU.

Cost of programme (including assessment)

£1,895. 50% discount for second teacher from the same school.

Lead facilitator

Stuart Pope, Executive Headteacher, Crabtree Infants School and Junior School.

Programme structure and components

The core components of the NPQH programme are as follows:

  • 6x face-to-face, facilitated training sessions (each approx. 6hrs).
  • 1x 360 tool for self-evaluation against the core leadership competencies.
  • 1x school-based improvement project and associated written assignment.
  • 1x 9-day placement and associated project and written assignment.

To be considered eligible to complete your NPQH and submit your written assignment for assessment, you must have:

  • Attended all training sessions over at least two academic terms and have missed no more than two; where a session has been missed you must have engaged with the material through catch-up activity (typically either attendance of the same session with a different cohort or a combination of independent study and time with the facilitator).
  • Completed the required school improvement project over a period of at least two academic terms.
  • Completed the required nine-day placement in a contrasting school and associated project.
  • Submitted both written assignments and all required supporting documents.
  • Submitted all documentation within 18 months of the start of the programme.

You can find details of the curriculum and assessment requirements in the DfE’s Content and Assessment Framework.

Dates and times of training sessions (2020/21)
  • Session 1: Thursday 12 November, 8.30am-4pm
  • Session 2: Thursday 26 November, 8.30am-4pm
  • Session 3 : Thursday 10 December, 8.30am-4pm
  • Session 4: Thursday 21 January, 8.30am-4pm
  • Session 5: Thursday 25 February, 8.30am-4pm
  • Session 6: Thursday 18 March, 8.30am-4pm
  • Session 7: Thursday 15 April, 8.30am-4pm
  • Session 8: Thursday 6 May, 8.30am-4pm
  • Session 9: Thursday 27 May, 8.30am-4pm
Eligibility

To qualify for the NPQH programme, participants must be either:

Senior leaders who are aspiring to headship and meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Likely to be in a headship role in the next 12-18 months.
  • Have completed at least one year at a senior leadership level (eg deputy headteacher).
  • Are part of the senior leadership team of a school.
  • Have the ability – through your role or additional responsibilities – to undertake such work as would enable you to meet the requirements of the assessment tasks.

Those currently in headship roles who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Responsible for the performance of a whole school.
  • Work directly with the governing board/body.
  • Have the ability – through your role or additional responsibilities – to undertake such work as would enable you to meet the requirements of the assessment tasks.
Application process and timelines

To apply for this training programme, please complete our online application form. The deadline is 24th October 2020.

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

The NPQSL is for aspiring or serving senior leaders looking to develop in their role, gain the expertise needed to lead effectively, and achieve a DfE recognised national qualification in leadership.

Programme duration

Up to 18 months.

Cohort size

18.

Location

The Wroxham School, Wroxham Gardens, Potters Bar EN6 3DJ.

Cost of programme (including assessment)

£1,195. 50% discount for second teacher from the same school.

Lead facilitator

Roger Billing, Headteacher at The Wroxham School and Director of The Wroxham Teaching School.

Programme structure and components

The core components of the NPQSL programme are as follows:

  • 9x face-to-face, facilitated training sessions (each approx. 3 hrs).
  • 1x 360 tool for self-evaluation against the core leadership competencies.
  • 1x school-based improvement project and associated written assignment.

To be considered eligible to complete your NPQSL and submit your written assignment for assessment, participants must have:

  • Attended all training sessions over at least two academic terms and have missed no more than two; where a session has been missed you must have engaged with the material through catch-up activity (typically either attendance of the same session with a different cohort or a combination of independent study and time with the facilitator).
  • Completed the required improvement project over a period of at least two academic terms.
  • Submitted the written assignment and all required supporting documents.
  • Submitted all documentation within 18 months of the start of the programme.

You can find details of the curriculum and assessment requirements in the DfE’s Curriculum and Assessment Framework.

Dates and times of training sessions (2020/21)
  • Session 1: Thursday 5 November, 1.30pm-4.30pm
  • Session 2: Friday 27 November,1.30pm-4.30pm
  • Session 3: Monday 7 December,1.30pm-4.30pm
  • Session 4: Thursday 14 January, 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Session 5: Friday 26 February, 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Session 6: Friday 19 March, 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Session 7: Thursday 15 April,1.30pm-4.30pm
  • Session 8: Friday 7 May, 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Session 9: Friday 28 May, 9.30pm-12.30pm
Eligibility

The NPQSL is designed to support those aspiring to, or currently performing within, senior leadership roles, with an aim to enhance your performance and leadership skills. The programme is designed to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve the NPQSL qualification.

To qualify for the NPQSL programme, participants must be either:

Middle leaders who are aspiring to senior leadership and meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Likely to be in a senior leadership role in the next 12-18 months.
  • Have completed at least one year at a middle leadership level.
  • May have served on an extended SLT.
  • Have the ability – through your role or additional responsibilities – to undertake such work as would enable you to meet the requirements of the assessment task.

Those currently in senior leadership roles who meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Responsible for the results of a team, and line manage at least one middle leader.
  • Serve on the senior leadership team and attend SLT meetings.
  • Senior leaders in roles such as assistant/associate headteacher or assistant/vice-principals as well as substantive whole school responsibilities.
  • Have the ability – through your role or additional responsibilities – to undertake such work as would enable you to meet the requirements of the assessment task.
Application process and timelines

To apply for this training programme, please complete our online application form. The deadline is 24th October 2020.

National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

The NPQML is for aspiring or serving middle leaders looking to develop in their role, gain the expertise needed to lead effectively, and achieve a DfE recognised national qualification in leadership.

Programme duration

Up to 18 months.

Cohort size

18.

Location

Lavender Primary School, Lavender Road, Enfield EN2 0SX.

Cost of programme (including assessment)

£895. 50% discount for second teacher from the same school.

Lead facilitator

Alice Aharon, Executive Headteacher Fair Field Junior School and St John’s Infant School

Programme structure and components

The core components of the NPQML programme are as follows:

  • 6x face-to-face, facilitated training sessions (each approx. 3 hrs).
  • 1x 360 tool for self-evaluation against the core leadership competencies.
  • 1x school-based improvement project and associated written assignment.

To be considered eligible to complete your NPQML and submit your written assignment for assessment, participants must have:

  • Attended all training sessions over at least two academic terms and have missed no more than two; where a session has been missed you must have engaged with the material through catch-up activity (typically either attendance of the same session with a different cohort or a combination of independent study and time with the facilitator).
  • Completed the required improvement project over a period of at least two academic terms.
  • Submitted the written assignment and all required supporting documents.
  • Submitted all documentation within 18 months of the start of the programme.

You can find details of the curriculum and assessment requirements in the DfE’s Curriculum and Assessment Framework.

Dates and times of training sessions (2020/21)
  • Session 1: Tuesday, 10 November, 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Session 2: Thursday 26 November,1.30pm-4.30pm
  • Session 3: Tuesday 8 December, 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Session 4: Thursday 25 February,1.30pm-3.30pm
  • Session 5: Tuesday 20 April, 1.30pm-3.30pm
  • Session 6: Thursday 24 June 1.30pm-3.30pm
Eligibility

The NPQML is designed to support those aspiring to, or currently performing within, middle leadership roles, with an aim to enhance your performance and leadership skills. The programme is designed to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve the NPQML qualification.

To qualify for the NPQML programme, participants must be either teachers who aspire to middle leadership positions and who are:

  • Likely to be in a middle leadership role in the next 12-18 months.
  • Have completed at least one year of full-time teaching.
  • Have the ability – through your role or additional responsibilities – to complete a project which meets the assessment requirements.

Those currently in middle leadership roles must fit within the guidance below:  

  • Middle leaders will have roles such as phase leaders; key stage leaders or a whole-school lead role (for example, literacy).
  • Have the ability – through your role or additional responsibilities – to complete a project which meets the assessment requirements. 
Application process and timelines

To apply for this training programme, please complete our online application form. The deadline is 24th October 2020.

More information

To find out more about any of our NPQ programmes, please contact us at training@ivylearningtrust.org or on 020 3972 4600.