School Improvement Library

We are now accepting NPQ applications for our Autumn 2020 intake. Apply before the 22nd May deadline to receive a 10% early bird discount when you use the discount code EB10. Our general deadline will be on the 24th July. 

 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 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’.
Improving the quality of outdoor learning for lower attaining boys
  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
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 improve the quality of teaching, learning and achievement.
Managing Pupil Premium and increasing the attainment of Maths for PP and KS1 students
  May 15 2019
Due to the nature of the school, only 5% of children in our school are Pupil Premium. As a result, tracking, monitoring and managing the PP children wasn’t a priority. Therefore, we needed to set up a tracking system, support and monitor the PP children and parents in school to ensure they have equal opportunities/experiences in their educational/home life.
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. This has led to a new focus in the performance tables and published information online for parents to access.
Improving teaching and learning in English
  April 25 2019
To improve outcomes in Reading and Writing in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and diminish differences between key groups, including boys and girls in EY and pupil premium at KS2
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
Attaining greater depth in maths
  April 17 2019
To improve the percentage of pupils attaining greater depth in maths across the school
Provision and practice for pupils with SEND
  April 17 2019
Improving provision and practice for pupils with SEND, impacting on their progress and outcomes