Developing our Leaders

We offer a suite of leadership programmes to support our teachers’ career development ambitions.

This includes National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) and National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) qualifications, delivered by our expert facilitators in partnership with Ambition Institute, and our Aspiring to Headship Programme.

Aspiring to Headship Programme

Our in-house high potential training package offers an exciting leadership development experience for senior leaders who are keen to progress into headship.

There is a high success rate from the course, with delegates progressing swiftly into headship, often within our multi-academy trust.

Read career blogs from some of our graduates.

NPQML: National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership

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 National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) offer around the core National Professional Qualification (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 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.

About the programme

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:

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 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.
  • You must submit your write-up and all evidence within 18 months of the start of your programme.

Please see the National Professional Qualification (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.

Our NPQML delivered in partnership with Ambition Institute Programme structure and components:

  • Six face-to-face (or online) twilight sessions taking place spring and Summer term.
  • Improvement project across summer and autumn term.
  • Mentor and sponsor to provide guidance and feedback.
  • Networking with other participants.
  • Assessment in the form of project write-up, to be submitted for December 2021.

Programme duration

12 months

Type and hours of study 

  • 18 hours of face to face twilight sessions, with pre- and post-session reading.
  • Must lead an improvement project in their team, lasting at least two terms, aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment and the capability of their team. 
  • Write up project (max. 4,500 words) with supporting documents.

Eligibility and application process and timelines

Teachers who are aspiring to middle leadership and who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Likely to be in a middle leadership role in the next 12-18 months.
  • Have completed at least one year of full-time teaching.
  • Those currently in middle leadership roles who fit within the guidance below:
  • In secondary schools, middle leaders will have roles such as head of department, head of year or a whole-school lead role (for example, special educational needs ), or second in charge of a department or pastoral area.
  • In primary schools, middle leaders will have roles such as phase leaders; key stage leaders or a whole-school lead role (for example, literacy).
  • If the middle leader is aspiring to senior leadership, or currently serves on the senior leadership team, this person may be more suited to the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders.

Applying for the programme

The application form can be found here.

  • Applications open: TBA
  • Applications close: TBA

You will be required to enter some personal details including your TRN. You will also need to submit a statement of application which should consider the following:

  • Why you feel this is the right leadership course for you
  • Why you feel this is the right time to apply
  • How your current role has prepared you to consider this course 
  • How your current teaching and/or leadership experiences have helped you to  develop as a leader
  • What your leadership strengths are and in which areas you would like to develop further
  • What you hope to gain from the course

To complete your application you will also need to send your CV and a letter of support from your Principal to cpdbookings@inspirationtrust.org before applications close. 

Principals should write a brief supporting statement to explain: 

  • Why you think this is the right course for you
  • The leadership experiences you have had so far
  • Your strengths as an applicant
  • Which areas you think this course will help you to develop further

Interviews will be held for those candidates whose eligibility we are unsure of, to gain further information.

Details

Costs 

Participants who are staff members of Inspiration Trust: £440

Participants who are external to Inspiration Trust: £800

Cohort size: Estimated 20-30 participants

Dates, times and locations of training sessions

All sessions will take place 15:00-18:00 at Inspiration Curriculum Centre, Norwich, NR4 6NF

Dates

  • Session 1: Monday 11th January 2021
  • Session 2: Monday 1st March 2021
  • Session 3: Monday 12th April 2021
  • Session 4: Monday 17th May 2021
  • Session 5: Monday 14th June 2021
  • Session 6: Monday 5th July 2021

Policies

Covid-19

  • We will follow government advice and continue to adapt where necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of participants.
  • Where face-to-face delivery is not appropriate, online delivery content will be made available. 
  • We are supporting ‘equality of access’ which means that we understand that some participants may need to socially isolate for longer (i.e. those living with someone vulnerable or shielding).

Unnamed

NPQSL: National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership

We are proud to be part of the Ambition National Professional Qualification (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 Senior Leadership (NPQSL) 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 licence holder, is also responsible for the assessment of all National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) 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 National Professional Qualifications Quality Framework and the National Professional Qualifications Content and Assessment Framework.

Information about the programme

We deliver the Department for Education’s NPQSL, in partnership with Ambition Institute. Each NPQ – regardless of level – covers 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 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 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 National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) and NPQSL require completion of one project only.
  • You must submit your write-up and all evidence within 18 months of the start of your programme.

Please see the National Professional Qualification (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.

Our NPQSL: Delivered in partnership with Ambition Institute Programme structure and components:

  • Nine face-to-face (or online) twilight sessions taking place Spring and Summer term.
  • Improvement project.
  • Mentor and sponsor to provide guidance and feedback.
  • Networking with other participants.
  • Assessment in the form of project write-up.

Details

Programme duration

18 months

Type and hours of study

  • 27 hours of face to face twilight sessions, with pre- and post-session reading.
  • Must lead an improvement project in their team, lasting at least two terms, aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment and the capability of their team.
  • Write up project (max. 4,500 words) with supporting documents.

Eligibility and application process and timelines

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 senior leadership team (SLT).

Those currently in senior leadership roles who fit within the guidance below:

  • Senior leaders should have responsibility for the results of a team, and line manage at least one middle leader.
  • Will serve on the senior leadership of the school, and attend senior leadership team (SLT) meetings.
  • In secondary schools, senior leaders will have roles such as assistant headteacher or assistant/vice-principals.
  • In large secondary schools, heads of large departments and faculties, leaders may have responsibility commensurate with that of senior leaders.
  • In primary schools, senior leaders will have roles such as assistant/associate headteacher or assistant/vice-principals as well as substantive whole-school responsibilities.
  • If the senior leader is aspiring to headship, or is a deputy headteacher in secondary / deputy or assistant headteacher in primary, this person is likely to be more suited to National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).


Applying for the programme

Applications open: September 2021

Applications close: October 2021

You will be required to enter some personal details including your TRN. You will also need to submit a statement of application which should consider the following: 

  • Why you feel this is the right leadership course for you
  • Why you feel this is the right time to apply
  • How your current role has prepared you to consider this course
  • How your current teaching and/or leadership experiences have helped you to develop as a leader
  • What your leadership strengths are and in which areas you would like to develop further
  • What you hope to gain from the course

To complete your application you will also need to send your CV and a letter of support from your principal to cpdbookings@inspirationtrust.org before applications close. 

Principals should write a brief supporting statement to explain: 

  • Why you think this is the right course for you
  • The leadership experiences you have had so far
  • Your strengths as an applicant
  • Which areas you think this course will help you to develop further

Interviews will be held for those candidates whose eligibility we are unsure of, to gain further information.

Cost of programme including assessment

Participants who are staff members of Inspiration Trust: TBC

Participants who are external to Inspiration Trust: TBC

Cohort size: TBC

Dates, times and locations of training sessions: TBC

Policies

Covid-19

  • We will follow government advice and continue to adapt where necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of participants.
  • Where face-to-face delivery is not appropriate, online delivery content will be made available. 
  • We are supporting ‘equality of access’ which means that we understand that some participants may need to socially isolate for longer (i.e. those living with someone vulnerable or shielding).

Unnamed

Exemplary Leadership Programme

This is a ground-breaking and innovative new leadership programme involving a consortium of high performing UK schools and the Leverage Leadership Institute in the United States.

Following the principles of Leverage Leadership, the Exemplary Leadership Programme will guide leaders in how to establish a strong school culture (routines and behaviour management), effective teaching, founded on direct instruction, and aspirational outcomes for pupils through a knowledge-rich curriculum. Training will follow a series of ‘see it, name it, do it’ cycles so that participants both explore the theory and are supported in its implementation in the context of their own school improvement priorities.

The programme is deliberately designed to take advantage of the opportunities offered by online learning platforms. It removes the barriers imposed by geography and enables you to see a school in session through the eyes of an exemplary leader.

The programme is fully funded by the Department for Education for the first cohort and delivered by a consortium of partners:

  • Star Institute, the training and development arm of Star Academies
  • Leverage Leadership Institute, part of Relay Graduate School in the United States, an Uncommon Schools partner
  • Dixons Academies Trust
  • Inspiration Trust
  • Outwood Grange Academies Trust


Find out more about the course structure

Applications are now closed