Assessment Information for NPQML and NPQSL

The following pages outlines the assessment windows for our ongoing cohorts.  Information on the assessment requirements of each programme are provided at programme sessions and our Moodle site contains a wealth of information and advice.  Additional support is provided by our team of markers and tutors.   For any queries please contact .

Our guidance for Sponsors can be accessed here.

NPQML / SL Year 3 Participants (commencing their NPQs prior to March 2020)

Participants from Year 3 have been informed of their allocated Assessment Cohort (7,8 or 9) and will be provided with opportunities to select an appropriate assessment window:

Cohort 8 – assignments have been submitted and participants have been informed of the outcome

Cohort 9 – the following submission windows have been offered:

1st-22nd April 2021 / 6th-20th May 2021 / 3rd-17th June 2021

Once you have received your e-mail with your username and password, please book your window at www.npqonline.co.uk. Further advice regarding submission and the marking process can be found below.

Please note that if you do not book a submission window (without a prior agreed extension / deferral) or book a window and do not upload your assignment then you will be charged an administration fee of £100.

Please check previously sent e-mails for information before contacting us.

 

Deferrals

It should not be necessary for participants beginning their programmes prior to March 2020 to defer, as they have had six additional months to complete. In the case of extenuating circumstances (other than Covid related) then a further deferral of assessment only can be applied for by contacting .

Please bear in mind, however, that the current NPQs are coming to an end in August 2022 and the latest we may be able to accept submissions (given a deferral is approved) is November 2021, if time is to be made available for any necessary re-submissions.

Please note that all assessment windows must be first agreed with the Alliance of Leading Learning and that availability of these may be limited. It is strongly advised that the allocated assessment window is adhered to.

 

Covid – two term requirement

Having extended the deadline, this should enable participants to ensure that their team / school project has been completed over two terms, as required by the DfE. Participants should also consider any time spent prior to Launch where suitable evidence may be able to be collected. In terms of the Spring term 2020, it is reasonable to conclude that, following the government’s instructions that schools closed for nearly all pupils, the term also ended at that date and therefore the term between January 2020 and the closure in March 2020 will count as a full term.

Where a project has not been able to be completed, participants should write about how, given the evidence already gathered, the project is likely to end. If the project is significantly short of two long terms, participants should first look to carry out the remaining part remotely, and if this is not possible then they should contact us for further advice and guidance.

 

Covid – project focus

Many schools have had to address issues arising over the last year e.g., vulnerable pupils / gaps in teaching and learning / pupils falling behind / no GCSE or SAT results / keeping staff and pupils safe / catch-up etc. Much of this work would form the basis for suitable NPQ projects.

Participants may choose to continue with their originally planned school improvement project. Alternatively, they could swap to lead an area more, or most useful to the school.

It is acceptable to write up leadership of one project which changed once measures had to be taken for Covid, explaining in the submission why and how the project was altered, and why leadership re-focused. This would mean an entirely new project would not need to be started, even though it were significantly compromised.

It is appropriate that a project may focus entirely on learning during lockdown / closure, such as remote learning programmes, or on catch-up programmes, such as analysing pupil progress and the use of catch-up funding or the use of tutors.

Participants should, however, ensure that they are still able to collect the necessary evidence in order to meet the assessment criteria and that the project is still of a suitable scope to meet the assessment brief. Please note it is the participant’s responsibility to do this, in collaboration with the school sponsor.

If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of your project, please contact  for further advice and guidance.

 

Covid – collecting of data

Please see the document here for guidance as to how to provide evidence of impact given the implications of Covid.

Please note that, despite the impact of Covid and the described contingency arrangements, the same standards and requirements apply as are set out in the Content and Assessment Framework and Mark Scheme and are not changed. The interpretations made in our guidance are in line with both documents and take a pragmatic approach to this in the current situation.

 

Submission of assignments

Participants will be expected to upload their completed assignments, including all supporting documents and sponsor comments by the close of their window (each window closes promptly at twelve noon UK time). If there are any basic technical issues with the assignment (e.g., missing signatures), then you will be notified so that these can be corrected. Please ensure that you have provided an email address which is monitored regularly.

After a week, the assignment will then go through a full technical check. If the assignment does not meet all the technical requirements, or if there are any aspects missing, you will receive an email asking you to address these issues within 3 days. If this happens you will be given a full email outlining what is required and how to return. This will be sent from .

The assignment will then go through a final marking process. We would expect that if the guidance has been followed correctly, and the appropriate evidence submitted, then the vast majority of participants should pass at this stage.

Participants who have passed will be notified approximately 15 weeks after the assessment window closes and be provided with access to their certificate. If you receive a final outcome of a ‘fail’ you will be provided with feedback and given a further opportunity to submit, as part of a future assessment window. There will be no charge for this first re-submission*.

In very rare cases should the submission be deemed “not ready for assessment” – NPQonline will inform ALL and a representative from ALL will be in touch to discuss next steps.

*If an assignment fails again – a further opportunity will be provided to submit but participants will need to pay a re-submission / administration fee of £150.

 

Programme completion

Prior to submission it is essential that reflections for all online sessions have been uploaded, including ‘Managing Resources and Risks’. Without evidence of attendance at all face-to-face sessions or completion of the associated online learning then it will not be possible to award the qualification.

 

Please refer to previous e-mails sent for details as to how to complete online modules.

 

 


NPQML / SL Year 4 Participants (commencing their NPQS after May 2020)

Participants who commenced their programme after May 2020 have been allocated Assessment cohort 10 and will be offered the following assessment windows:

22nd April-6th May 2021 / 20th May- 3rd June 2021 / 1st-15th July 2021 / 15th July – 1st Sep 2021 / 30th Sep – 14th Oct 2021 / 28th Oct – 11th Nov 2021

Following feedback from participants and considering the current situation we are pleased to be able to provide these further assessment windows. We would encourage participants, however, to select the earliest submission window where possible, ensuring that assessment and certification can be processed sooner rather than later, and allow time for re-submission if necessary.

The NPQonline username and password will be sent prior to the submission window being opened. Further advice regarding submission and the marking process can be found below.

Please note that if you do not book a submission window (without a prior agreed extension / deferral) or book a window and do not upload your assignment then you will be charged an administration fee of £100.

 

Covid – two term requirement

We understand that participants may be concerned as to their ability to complete their projects as intended given we are now in another lockdown. Spring term 2021 will count as a full term if the participant’s project is still being carried out. If not, then the time will begin when schools re-open fully. The ‘full term’ is likely to start from March, when schools return, and a full term would therefore be between March and June. Given the time available prior to the Christmas break for work to be completed, this should ensure that the vast majority of participants are able to complete their projects as planned, and submit within one of their original scheduled assessment windows, however we have opened more windows should this not be possible (see above).

Where a project is unable to continue face-to-face, it may be possible to gather the required evidence remotely, for example, through webinar interviews with key members of staff, or through leadership of online teaching from January 2021.

 

Covid – project focus

Many schools have had to address issues arising due to Covid e.g. vulnerable pupils / gaps in teaching and learning / pupils falling behind / no GCSE or SAT results / keeping staff and pupils safe / catch-up etc. Much of this work would form the basis for suitable NPQ projects.

Participants may choose to continue with their originally-planned school improvement project. Alternatively, they could swap to lead an area more, or most useful to the school.

It is acceptable to write up leadership of one project which changed substantially once measures had to be taken for Covid, explaining in the submission why and how the project was altered, and why leadership re-focused. This would mean a new project, for which there may not be enough time, would not need to be started, even though it were significantly compromised.

It is appropriate that a project may focus entirely on learning during lockdown/ closure, such as remote learning programmes, or on catch-up programmes, such as analysing pupil progress and the use of catch-up funding or the use of tutors.

Participants should, however, ensure that they are still able to collect the necessary evidence in order to meet the assessment criteria and that the project is still of a suitable scope to meet the assessment brief. Please note it is the participant’s responsibility to do this, in collaboration with the school sponsor.

If participants are in any doubt as to the suitability of their project please contact   for further advice and guidance.

 

Deferrals

For participants starting their programmes after May 2020, there is no longer sufficient time for a deferral to be granted. The current NPQs are coming to an end in August 2022 and the latest we can accept submissions is November 2021, if time is to be made available for any necessary re-submissions. 

 

Covid – collecting of data

Please see the document here for guidance as to how to provide evidence of impact given the implications of Covid.

Please note that, despite the impact of Covid and the described contingency arrangements, the same standards and requirements apply as are set out in the Content and Assessment Framework and Mark Scheme and are not changed. The interpretations made in our guidance are in line with both documents, and take a pragmatic approach to this in the current situation.

 

Submission of assignments

Participants will be expected to upload their completed assignments, including all supporting documents and sponsor comments by the close of their window (each window closes promptly at twelve noon UK time). If there are any basic technical issues with the assignment (e.g. missing signatures), then you will be notified so that these can be corrected. Please ensure that you have provided an email address which is monitored regularly.

After a week, the assignment will then go through a full technical check. If the assignment does not meet all the technical requirements, or if there are any aspects missing, you will receive an email asking you to address these issues within 3 days. If this happens you will be given a full email outlining what is required and how to return.  This will be sent from .

The assignment will then go through a final marking process. We would expect that if the guidance has been followed correctly, and the appropriate evidence submitted, then the vast majority of participants should pass at this stage.

Participants who have passed will be notified approximately 15 weeks after the assessment window closes and be provided with access to their certificate. If you receive a final outcome of a ‘fail’ you will be provided with feedback and given a further opportunity to submit, as part of a future assessment window. Participants will need to pay a re-submission / administration fee of £150.

In very rare cases should the submission be deemed “not ready for assessment” – NPQonline will inform ALL and a representative from ALL will be in touch to discuss next steps.

 

Programme completion

Prior to submission it is essential that reflections for all online sessions have been uploaded, including ‘Managing Resources and Risks’. Without evidence of attendance at all face-to-face sessions or completion of the associated online learning then it will not be possible to award the qualification.

 


NPQML / SL Year 5 Participants (commencing their NPQS April 2021)

Participants who commenced their programme April 2021 have been allocated Assessment cohort 11 and will be offered the following assessment windows:

25th Nov – 9th Dec 2021 / 6th Jan – 20 Jan / 20th Jan – 3rd Feb / 17th Feb – 3rd Mar 2022

We would encourage participants to select the earliest submission window where possible, ensuring that assessment and certification can be processed sooner rather than later, and allow time for re-submission if necessary.

The NPQonline username and password will be sent prior to the submission window being opened. Please note that if you do not book a submission window (without a prior agreed extension / deferral) or book a window and do not upload your assignment then you will be charged an administration fee of £100.

Deferrals

For participants starting their programmes after 2021 we will not be able to offer any ability to Defe. The current NPQs come to an end in August 2022 and the latest we can accept submissions is May 2022.

Submission of assignments

Participants will be expected to upload their completed assignments, including all supporting documents and sponsor comments by the close of their window (each window closes promptly at twelve noon UK time). If there are any basic technical issues with the assignment (e.g. missing signatures), then you will be notified so that these can be corrected. Please ensure that you have provided an email address which is monitored regularly.

After a week, the assignment will then go through a full technical check. If the assignment does not meet all the technical requirements, or if there are any aspects missing, you will receive an email asking you to address these issues within 3 days. If this happens you will be given a full email outlining what is required and how to return. This will be sent from .

The assignment will then go through a final marking process. We would expect that if the guidance has been followed correctly, and the appropriate evidence submitted, then the vast majority of participants should pass at this stage.

Participants who have passed will be notified approximately 15 weeks after the assessment window closes and be provided with access to their certificate. If you receive a final outcome of a ‘fail’ you will be provided with feedback and given a further opportunity to submit, as part of a future assessment window. Participants will need to pay a re-submission / administration fee of £150.

In very rare cases should the submission be deemed “not ready for assessment” – NPQonline will inform ALL and a representative from ALL will be in touch to discuss next steps.

Important information about Programme completion

Prior to submission it is essential that reflections for all online sessions have been uploaded, including ‘Managing Resources and Risks’. Without evidence of attendance at all face-to-face sessions or completion of the associated online learning then it will not be possible to award the qualification.


Withdrawal from the programme

No participant should feel compelled to complete or progress their project if they do not feel that they can, particularly if they feel it is affecting their well-being or capacity to complete their other professional requirements. If you wish to withdraw please see our terms and conditions before contacting .

That said, if a participant wishes to continue with their project using alternative mechanisms or submit without a required piece of evidence, you should email (cc’d to ) so the DfE and the QA Agent can consider these on a case by case basis.

We hope you find this information useful. We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation in partnership with the DfE – in the interim, we hope that this advice and guidance helps support participants to continue to make progress as they work towards achieving their NPQ qualification.

 

 

ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT

Please ensure you are aware of the ALL Academic Misconduct Regulations which can be viewed here.

MOODLE

Please follow a link to our Moodle site here.   You will have been emailed joining instructions for the moodle site.  If you are struggling with accessing the site or navigating to the where you need to be in the first instance please refer to our FAQ (Frequently asked questions)  If you are still unsure or need advice about using the Moodle site please contact the team at