The long-overdue review of national professional qualifications (NPQs) for school leaders, which is being undertaken by the Department for Education, is to be welcomed. Feedback I’ve had from AMiE members is that the quality of the courses can be highly variable. Often those going into their first headship role do not feel adequately prepared despite, for example, having completed the national professional qualification for headship (NPQH).
The education landscape has changed so much over the past few years, as have the challenges, so it is vital that training for school leaders and potential school leaders reflects this. There has been a proliferation of executive headships but the training on offer does not adequately address this. The review also presents an opportunity to tackle the workload issue head on. While frequent Government policy change contributes significantly to workload, the leadership approach taken in schools also makes a big difference. Leaders can be trained to temper the challenges teachers face and create space for more effective teaching and learning and teacher wellbeing at the same time.
I attended a meeting at the DfE about the national review where Roger Pope, chair of National College for Teaching and Leadership, shared some early thinking on a revised model for the national professional qualifications. I’d welcome your thoughts on what you think is missing from the current NPQ content, so please get in touch and I’ll feed back your views.
The new NPQ model is due to be launched in January, with a planned roll out in September 2017 so now is the time to speak up.