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NPQonline grew out of the team at the National College for Teaching and Learning which led a range of provision, including facilitated online courses for the NPQ programmes and those new to headship.
NPQonline has trained thousands of participants using the key services it offers in support of the NPQ programmes: facilitated online courses, 360s and final assessment. Professional support services for telephone advice, coaching, mentoring, project proposal feedback and pre-assessment checks are also offered at www.neonlearning.com
Each term, over 2,000 participants engage in facilitated online courses, and across the year, more than 120 NPQonline assessors will assess and moderate around 6,000 submissions. We work closely with the DfE and the national quality assurance agent, Tribal, to ensure the consistency and quality of our provision. Tribal have moderated 100% of all NPQonline assessments as accurate.
Participants undertaking programmes using NPQonline provision have very high completion rates, and also evaluate the quality of their programmes very favourably. NPQonline are currently developing online leadership courses suitable for a school or organisation, which uses content not included within the NPQ programmes.
St.John is a director of NPQonline. Following fourteen years as a headteacher, St.John worked for the National College for Teaching and Learning as a member of their quality assurance team and an online facilitator, continuing this work as a director of the team into its new form, NPQonline. Having worked as an assessor and national moderator in the previous iteration of the NPQ programmes, he worked with EMSE and Frank Clare (Gateway assessment) to develop a final assessment model for the new
St.John also works as a school improvement partner, has been a Lead Inspector, and is signed off as an early years inspector. He has worked on a wide range of programmes and roles, including Tomorrow’s Heads, the national Chair of Governor training, Initial Teacher Training with a University, School reviewer for a Local Authority Trust, coach and face-to-face facilitator.
|Sessions||8 hours Virtual F2F, 2-4 hours self-directed assessment exercises.|
|Monday 7th June 2021
Tuesday 8th June 2021
Wednesday 9th June 2021
|Cost||AED 1575 including 5% VAT|
|What is included||NPQonline assessor accreditation, Delegate resources.|
School leaders or facilitators who would like to understand more about the assessment process or who would like to become assessors for the NPQ programmes.
Assessors need to have the credibility and experience to understand the content of the submissions they are assessing, and to make allowance for a wide variety of different settings. Assessors are only able to assess up to the level at which they have been a leader, and will need to demonstrate their ability to understand varying contexts. Assessors have to meet and maintain a required standard, and more than 15% of all assessments are moderated to ensure this standard is maintained.
|12.00 – 14.00||Introductory activities and introduction to assessment|
|15.00 – 17.00||What makes a good project? Assessor skills and documentation. Assessment 1 briefing.|
Assessment 1 to be completed
|12.00 – 14.00||Feedback and the handbook. Do’s, don’t’ s and quality assurance.|
|15.00 – 17.00||Matching content to assessment. Assessment 2 briefing.|
Assessment 2 to be completed
At the end of the programme participants should:
As a Head Teacher I found the programme multi-layered. It has given me better understanding of the assessment criteria for the NPQ programmes, and what participants are required to do and the behaviour they need to exhibit. Whilst, transactionally, this is important as it allows me to guide staff which we invest and support on any NPQ programmes, the course also made me think long and hard about the daily routine and questions that I need to be asking of my own staff. I have already revised short-term planning grids and coaching logs as a consequence. For me, if a course is causing me to reflect on and amend my own practices for the better, it is worth it. I am actively considering putting my SLT onto this course next year, so that can not only able to assess the NPQ programmes but start a deeper thinking process about support and planning desired leadership behaviours/talent management of our staff. Weaknesses: None. I have rated this course as Excellent. Thanks to St.John. He was excellent.
Head of School, Dubai
The NPQ assessors training far exceeded my expectations. Not only did I learn a tremendous amount about the NPQ submissions, which I can use when facilitating the NPQML and SL and when coaching participants. It also was a great opportunity to further develop and reflect on my own leadership behaviours, skills and qualities. It was an extremely well ran course, which I highly recommend to those working with others on the NPQ programmes and Head teachers. Thanks for this fantastic opportunity.