I have really enjoyed the NPQLTD programme as it has given me the opportunity to network with other professionals who also have a passion for developing quality CPD for colleagues and leaders. The course provides up-to-date research and case studies, which are discussed and explored in depth in group sessions. The whole programme is well-planned and sequenced, and the journey is clearly signposted as you work through it all.
I particularly enjoyed the conferences, which allowed us to explore different areas that we may face as leaders. The guest speakers have been superb, and our course leader has been a constant helpful presence and massively supportive throughout. I would absolutely recommend the NPQLTD to anyone who has in interest in developing quality professional development.
NPQ Headship (NPQH)
I have really enjoyed the opportunity to learn and deepen my knowledge around headship as part of the NPQH programme and would confidently say that it is the highest quality CPD I have undertaken so far in my career. I have been able to engage with high quality online modules as part of the course, which have challenged and extended my confidence around the competencies for successful school leadership. The seminars linked to the online learning have allowed me to apply my learning to real-life scenarios and through face-to-face discussion with my peers.
I have been able to reflect on my current role and learn alternative solutions to challenges that may be faced as a headteacher, such as around organisational management. The facilitation is highly organised, well-led and includes lots of shared experiences from the facilitator’s own school setting. I particularly enjoyed the Conference where I was able to see another school setting and present on this to the school’s Head and Executive Principal.
The online learning element enables me to manage my own time, this really helps with the time management and work-life balance. There are lots of options for further reading too and case studies which have been useful in my current role as well as for my future career. I feel the programme has prepared me well for the next step in school leadership.
John Smeaton Academy, Smeaton Approach, Barwick Road, Leeds LS15 8TA