Final assessment workshop

NPQML and NPQSL

This online workshop will take you through the next steps when preparing for your NPQML or NPQSL final assessment submissions.

There will be an opportunity to send us any questions you have at the end, which we can then pick up on during our zoom call later in the term. The full set of slides (which we would have presented at a face to face workshop) will be available on the portal to download under your day 5 tab after the zoom sessions have concluded.

If you have any specific questions, do send us an email at the usual address: NPQ@teachingschools.org.uk 

The workshop is best viewed on a laptop or PC rather than a phone.

Introduction and welcome - getting prepared

Please spend a few minutes getting prepared for the workshop.

We envisage it will take around an hour in total to complete and to look at the evidence you will need.

Now listen to the short introduction: click the symbol on the bottom right of the clip if you wish to enlarge to full screen: remember to keep your sound on to hear the commentary.

On the right hand side in the document folder, you will see a number of documents which we mentioned in the video which will be useful to have to hand while you are working through each section.

Choose the ones which are relevant to the level of NPQ you are working at. We would advise having paper copies of the mark scheme and the submission form to hand if at all possible to help you with your thinking and to support you with any notes you will need to make.

You may wish to keep the portal from the website open if you would like to look at any of the exemplars.

When you have finished listening and have the documents you will need to hand, please proceed to part 1 below.

Part 1

By the end of the workshop, you should be confident in knowing which documents and appendices you will need to include in your write up and the types of data you will need to collect.  We will clarify the types of evidence you will need to collate to ensure you reach the expectations of each part of your submission successfully.

We will also show you how to structure each of the sections in relation to the mark scheme and ensure your appendices are presented as well as they can be and within the wordcount – what to include and what not to include and some golden rules which will make your commentary clearer for the markers… to help you achieve the highest marks you can in each section, which hopefully will lead to a pass!


 

To work through the remainder of the workshop, click on the tabs in order, starting at section 1.

For  section 4, which is based around your appendices, choose the tab which is pertinent to your NPQ level: you don’t need to read the section for the other NPQ level.

At the end of each tab section you will have time to pause, reflect and prepare for the next section.

Pulling everything together

In this section we will look at the different documents and see how they all tie together. Watch the first video clip below:

Just to reiterate, the key point on the scoring is that you need at least 1 in every area and at least six 2 mark sections.  If you score 0 in any section you will fail.

Now look at the submission form itself.

Can you find the section which records the word count for each section?

As you can see, if you break down the number of sections into the total word count you are quite limited with six sections… and all of the areas within those sections. Some sections have more parts than others and some parts will need more commentary than others, depending on your project type, so its not a simple case of dividing your total by 6! Remember the word count does include your overview at the beginning but doesn’t include your contextual statement or the sections that state what your project set out to achieve and about your school.

Try to be succinct but efficient with what you write in your overview, similar to when you wrote your rationale at the start of the project. Use some bullet points if you need to. The marker won’t know anything about you, your school or your project so a clear start sets out your project write up on the right track.  Check your overview is clear and concise.

Later on, you will be quite restricted word wise on what you need to write, so ensure all of your written commentary is relevant to the specific aspects of the mark scheme.

The next video shows how the different documents link, with an example from ML – the format is the same for SL.

 

Finally for this section, here is another linked example, with a focus on an SL example:

So as we’ve said, use the mark scheme to guide your commentary.

Points to consider:

Remember:

Assessment criteria → see mark scheme 2 marks criteria (and the difference between 2 and a 1 score) → criterion analysis to look at the strengths and weaknesses nationally → look at some of exemplars to see how they have structured their commentary → begin submission form to link to your own project, addressing the 2 mark criteria directly.

Now spend a little time looking at those key documents again –  the 6 content areas and the different sections within them and seeing how each section links to the 2 mark responses. Also look at the glossary in the final assessment participant handbook and some of the guidance within there to support you.

When you have done this, look at the tab marked section 2

Appendices

This clip takes you through the requirements of the appendices:

Spend some time now looking at each of your own appendices in readiness for section 3 using the prompts below.

Points to consider:

  • Are each of your appendices complete?
  • Are each of your appendices / supporting documents a maximum of 2 sides (an extract or full document?)
  • Have you included your data set in your raw data analysis and included clear and simple annotations to show what it is indicating and some simple conclusions you have drawn, which will be backed up in more detail by the commentary? it often useful to show starting data as your raw data analysis because you are then able to talk about how this analysis steered the direction of your project.
  • Does your pupil performance data show the impact of your project on pupil progress and outcomes and in the case of the SL, show how you have reduced the variation you identified?
  • Will you include any additional appendices?  What will they show and how does it relate to your commentary / back it up?
  • In total, do your appendices come in under 2000 words?
  • Have you read the handbook to understand how to include them in your write up?

Refer again to the final assessment handbook and checklist in relation to the required appendices.

Note down a to-do list in relation to the points above.

 

Now move onto section 3 above.

Sponsor comments

Listen carefully to information about preparing your sponsor:

 

Points to consider:

  • Who is your sponsor?  Is it your in school mentor or your headteacher?  Choose someone who knows you best and is senior to you.
  • Find the parts in the submission form which are pertinent to your sponsor.
  • Find the sections in the mark scheme which relate to the sections they need to complete – make sure you share the relevant assessment criteria and mark scheme sections with them.

Now set aside time in your diary to contact / meet your sponsor to let them know of the expectations for them in relation to your submission and finalise a date for when they need to have completed their sections.

Now move onto section 4: choose the tab which is relevant to your NPQ level – you won’t need to read the other section.

NPQML appendices

Look at the short video clip to refresh your understanding of the required appendices for the NPQML

 

The links to each of the appendix masters are on the portal in case you need them

Ensure each of the appendices is complete and rigorous and none of them exceed 2 sides of A4 and 2000 words in total.

 

When you have completed all of the thinking above, now move onto part 2 below

NPQSL appendices

Here is a quick reminder of your other appendices to support your NPQSL submission

 

The links to each of the appendix masters are on the portal in case you need them

Ensure each of the appendices is complete and rigorous and none of them exceed 2 sides of A4 and 2000 words in total.

 

When you have completed all of the thinking above, now move onto part 2 below

Part 2 - How and when to submit your work

The majority of the information you need about how to submit is in the participants handbook, however some further information is provided here:

Points to consider:

  • Decide on your timeline for submission: Will it be in the early autumn, late autumn or early spring terms? Plan your timeline around this.
  • Begin to write up your ideas while your face to face days are fresh in your mind and your project is coming to a close – consider if you need to extend your project or gather some additional data to cement your impact in light of current circumstances. How do you know you’ve made a difference to teaching and your team’s practice?
  • Look out for your 360 link which will follow in early July – how has your own performance developed and your leadership grown from the outset of the programme?  What is different about you now? How do you know?

Spend time now making decisions about the points above before moving on to part 3 below

Part 3 - Looking at the exemplars

  • Look at the exemplar linked below and follow these instructions: this shows a completed example of one of the content areas.  Choose the document relevant to your NPQ level.

NPQML Claire Green example

NPQSL Luka Novak example

 

  • Read the submission they have presented and now look at the mark scheme for this section.
  • What do you think of the style?
  • How many marks would you give this person? Can you justify this decision? What gives it those specific marks?
  • Is the word count of this section appropriate in relation to the full word count?
  • What are the positives about the section?  What would make it better?

Now…

  • Take one of the sections of your submission form.
  • Look in detail at the content and assessment framework from your handbook and how these relate to the questions posed on the form.
  • Cross match with the mark scheme and the criterion analysis.
  • Spend some time considering the types of evidence and commentary you could put into this section.

Part 4 - Questions and completion

There are three tabs below:

  • Questions, 
  • Completion record and evaluation, and;
  • Next steps

If you have any questions, please pop them in the space below and then move to the completion record so we have a record of your completion and an evaluation of the workshop.

Complete the questions form (if you have any) and then the completion and evaluation form.

 

Use the form below to record any questions you may have in relation to your final assessment submissions.

We will endeavour to answer as many of your queries as possible during our online Q and A workshops.

 

Please fill out the short form below with your contact information so we have a record of you completing the session.

When you have done this, please complete the evaluation of the workshop and submit your form.

If you have a specific questions about your own project or this module, feel free to email us at the usual address: npq@teachingschools.org.uk

 

Thank you for completing the online workshop.  We look forward to seeing you as part of our virtual sessions later in the term.

Next steps

Thank you for completing this workshop, we hope you found it useful.

NPQML

To access all of the slides and resources from each of your face to face sessions, head to the NPQML portal

NPQSL

To access all of the slides and resources from each of your face to face sessions, head to the NPQSL portal