Could you be an Online Assessor for NPQs?

The Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP) and Best Practice Network are recruiting for a team of Online Assessors for the NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH qualifications. Please read the notes below on the roles and the person specifications and if you are interested please contact us for more information about how to apply.

The role of OLP NPQML and SL assessors

NPQML and NPQSL assessors judge a candidate’s ability to be an effective middle or senior leader.

NPQML and NPQSL assessment will be based on the mark scheme provided by the DfE relating to the six NPQ Content Areas:

  • Strategy and Improvement
  • Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
  • Leading with Impact
  • Working in Partnership
  • Managing Resources
  • Risks and Increasing Capability

The final assessment process comprises one assessed task in which the candidate leads an improvement project, for at least 2 terms:

  • for NPQSL across the school aimed at reducing variation in pupil progress and attainment (part A) and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching (part B)
  • for NPQML at team level aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment (Part A) as well as the capability of your team (Part B).

NPQSL and NPQML assessors for OLP must be either:

  • previously accredited by the National College as NPQH Graduation or Gateway assessors or NPQSL and NPQML assessors

and

  • have successfully completed the update and familiarisation training for the Reformed NPQs delivered by OLP or other recognised national providers

or

  • if they are new to assessing for NPQSL and NPQML final assessment, accredited by OLP or other recognised national providers after successful completion of the training and moderation of actual assessments.

Person specification for OLP NPQML and NPQSL assessors

Knowledge and understanding

An effective assessor will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the:

  • reformed NPQML and NPQSL model and the leadership development opportunities available to aspiring senior and middle leaders
  • roles, responsibilities and challenges of senior and middle leadership
  • current education agenda and policy priorities
  • NPQML and NPQSL Content Areas framework and the processes for assessment

Assessment skills

An effective assessor will demonstrate the ability to:

  • apply the OLP NPQML and NPQSL assessor guidance consistently
  • evaluate evidence and make sound, balanced judgements using the assessment criteria and DfE mark scheme
  • give accurate, balanced and constructive feedback as required
  • be objective and impartial

Personal attributes

An effective assessor will demonstrate as personal attributes and characteristics:

  • personal integrity
  • commitment to own learning and professional development
  • readiness to receive and respond positively to feedback
  • commitment to the whole process and purpose of NPQML and NPQSL and to their importance in the continuing development of learning opportunities of the highest quality for young people and effective school leadership

Availability

Assessors will need to be available at the four final assessment submission points during the course of the year. They will be asked to specify how many assessed tasks they are available to mark within the published timescale and will be allocated work based on the number of available assessors and the number of tasks that need to be assessed.

The role of OLP NPQH assessors

NPQH assessors judge a candidate’s ability to be an effective headteacher and to lead a school effectively.

NPQH assessment will be based on the mark scheme provided by the DfE relating to the six NPQ Content Areas:

  • Strategy and Improvement
  • Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
  • Leading with Impact
  • Working in Partnership
  • Managing Resources
  • Risks and Increasing Capability

The final assessment process comprises two assessed tasks in which the candidate leads a whole school change programme, for at least 2 terms to improve pupil progress and attainment (Task 1) and designing an action plan to meet his/her placement school’s resourcing and capability needs (Task 2).

Assessors for OLP must be either:

  • previously accredited by the National College as NPQH Graduation or Gateway assessors

and

  • have successfully completed the update training for the Reformed NPQs delivered by OLP or other recognised national providers

or

  • if they are new to assessing for NPQH final assessment, accredited by OLP or other recognised national providers after successful completion of the training and moderation of actual assessments

Person specification for OLP NPQH assessors

Knowledge and understanding

An effective assessor will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the:

  • reformed NPQH model and the leadership development opportunities available to aspiring heads and headteachers new to post
  • roles, responsibilities and challenges of headship
  • current education agenda and policy priorities
  • NPQH Content Areas framework and the processes for assessment

Assessment skills

An effective assessor will demonstrate the ability to:

  • apply the OLP NPQH assessor guidance consistently
  • evaluate evidence and make sound, balanced judgements using the assessment criteria and DfE mark scheme
  • give accurate, balanced and constructive feedback as required
  • be objective and impartial

Personal attributes

An effective assessor will demonstrate as personal attributes and characteristics:

  • personal integrity
  • commitment to own learning and professional development
  • readiness to receive and respond positively to feedback
  • commitment to the whole process and purpose of NPQH and to its importance in the continuing development of learning opportunities of the highest quality for young people and effective school leadership

Availability

Assessors will need to be available at the four final assessment submission points during the course of the year. They will be asked to specify how many assessed tasks they are available to mark within the published timescale and will be allocated work based on the number of available assessors and the number of tasks that need to be assessed.