School Improvement Library

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For each NPQ, there are defined tasks setting out how a candidate will be assessed.

These include the school improvement projects a candidate will need to complete, and the supporting evidence they will need to submit as part of the assessment stage. For:

  • NPQML, Candidates must lead an improvement project within their team, lasting at least two-terms, to a) improve pupil progress and attainment b) the capability of their team. 
  • NPQSL, Candidates must lead an improvement project across their school, lasting at least two terms, to a) reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment and b) improve the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching. 

  • NPQH, Candidates are required to research a placement school’s current and/or projected resource and capability challenges and design an action plan to address these. The placement must be undertaken in a contrasting school to their home school (for example, by performance, pupil profile, geography etc.) and last at least nine working days. These can be spread across a number of weeks at the candidate’s discretion. Candidates must present the plan to their placement school’s governing board and gather their feedback. 
  • NPQEL, Candidates must lead a project to improve progress and attainment in several schools. They must present their plans to a group of relevant stakeholders.

We invite colleagues to view a range of our impactful school improvement projects online.





Improving outcomes for disadvantaged students using science
  February 17 2020
Improving outcomes for disadvantaged students using science
Improving Childcare Provision in the Falkland Islands
  February 04 2020
To increase  the proportion of children entering FS1 demonstrating knowledge skills and abilities that reflect their age-related expectations in order to positively impact on the school’s target from the school improvement plan (SIP) ‘to raise and maintain good levels of progress and attainment in all early learning goals’.
To improve the percentage of pupils attaining greater depth
  May 31 2019
Children were not transferring the skills that they had acquired in English lessons into the written work of the foundation subjects - the project aimed to address this by improving the quality of teaching, learning and achievement .
Improving the quality of outdoor learning
  May 31 2019
Improving the quality of outdoor learning in order to increase learning behaviours and the percentage of lower attaining boys’ that achieve the expected standard at the end of Key Stage 2
Closing the gap between FSM and non FSM pupils in Year 11 English
  April 25 2019
Whole school and departmental priority to improve outcomes for FSM pupils
Targeted Intervention Programme for Year 11 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition Pupils
  April 03 2019
Middle Leader at a Secondary School in the North West region considers targeted Intervention Programme for Year 11 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition Pupils