School Improvement Library

 Our application window for Autumn 2020 is open.  

Apply now to secure your place. 

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 Progress 8 scores for high prior attaining students
  May 15 2019
Due to the large amounts of funding the pupil premium in schools has received schools are expected to show the impact of this through closing gaps in attainment and in particular progress for students who are identified in this group.
Capturing progress
  April 12 2019
To accurately capture students’ progress in the Foundation subjects for students working below National expectations
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
Children in care
  April 03 2019
To strengthen and develop the processes of support and intervention for Children in Care, in order to maximise progress and achievement and so facilitate their educational, personal and social development