March 2022: We at BPET are very proud to invest such a lot of time and effort in our continued professional development (CPD) offering for our staff as well as external participants, mainly focusing on middle and senior leaders through the National Professional Qualifications (NPQs). This blog article gives you a flavour of what we deliver on an annual basis.
BPET deliver Best Practice Network (BPN) programmes under their umbrella organisation ‘Outstanding Leaders Partnership’ (OLP). Our own senior leaders and Headteachers have been trained to be course facilitators. So far 10 members of staff have been trained, however this is an opportunity for all senior leaders to engage with and we look forward to developing more.
Alongside course content, the programmes enable our leaders to gain facilitation skills, access to current industry research, leadership thinking and information on the wider educational climate, all of which they can take back into their own schools and use with BPET staff.
BPN are audited by the Department for Education (DfE) as an ‘exceptional provider’ and are the largest NPQ provider in the UK. We are proud to be one of their delivery partners and are delighted to confirm that external participants want to attend programmes led by BPET staff. To-date we have trained 193 leaders, 30 of which have been BPET staff members. This year we currently have 159 participants engaging with the programmes and attending our sessions. Attendees can enrol in either an Autumn or Spring cohort each year and the programmes are typically delivered for one year. As well as attending face to face facilitated sessions, participants also undertake online courses and research, they typically have to lead a project that will have a direct impact in their school or another school. Attendees have to meet a strict qualification criterion.
As a training provider we are audited, with members of OLP coming to observe our programme delivery and review course feedback. We are delighted to share the most recent feedback we have been given:
Looking Forward: New BPN NPQLL (Leading Literacy) in development
Best Practice Network is working with a series of educational institutions, including the newest BPET member Whiteknights School, Wokingham on a Leading Literacy NPQ. Whiteknights are one of the very few UK English Hubs. Together they will work in partnership to write the national professional qualification programme which will be rolled out across the UK by BPN delivery partners. We at BPET really look forward to this development and the opportunity to be involved in the delivery.