Online NPQs: A Few months on
Online NPQs: A Few months on
Following up with the Teaching School Team, this week’s blog touches base on our online NPQ courses, with Teaching School Administrator Minda Lising. Picking up where we left off, our Teaching School provisions have largely been affected by the pandemic (much like most teaching development and CPD providers) in its face-to-face session structure. Thankfully, the transition to a digital facility in collaboration with NPQOnline, has meant that there has been a steady and dedicated response from our participants to keep going without staff sacrificing quality training and support.
ML: “As Teaching School Administrator, I manage the NPQ programmes and work specifically with the NPQ participants to support them throughout their course, monitoring their progression and acting as a key visible point of contact for queries, help and more.
Before COVID-19 hit, some of my key day-to-day responsibilities consisted of venue and event organisation, as this was an integral part of our courses. Since the transition to online facilitation, the NPQs have kept great momentum. Both in our numbers and in our results. It is really encouraging to see that level of engagement rocket even now in our new online home.”
In the past year, we have been able to maintain a 97-100% pass rate across our NPQs and this has not been affected in recent, despite the changes needed to maintain NPQ courses safely.
In May 2020, 117 course participants engaged in 6 two-week online courses for the NPQ programmes. Of those participants who started online courses with us, 97% completed the courses and 100% of those who finished completed a detailed evaluation form. In June-July 2020, a further 200+ Harris participants took a total of 9 online courses.
Participants evaluated five aspects of their online courses, in relation to the impact of each course on their development. The graphs below show the percentage of participants who agreed that each course aspect was effective. 97.4% of all participants reported that the online courses contributed effectively to their leadership development.
Onwards and upwards
Moving towards July, 309 course participants engaged in 15 two-week online courses for the NPQ programmes. Of those participants who started online courses with us, 98% completed the courses and 98% of those who finished completed a detailed evaluation form with an overarching positive response to the programmes and its elements.
ML: “As time goes on, we have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the online programmes. One of our initial hesitations were that the programmes would lose retention and become less engaged with as we understood the immense pressure and business our participants had in their day-to-day roles remotely. However, we have found that in the flexibility of our 2-week module structure, has allowed for participants to work around their own schedules and engage with the course at their own leisure. The encouraged participation in group discussions has given participants an opportunity to work together as they might have done before, creating open and collaborative forums within their cohorts. This has also boosted our participant numbers; we seem to be consistently growing cohort to cohort which is great. So, all in all, there have been fantastic responses to the transition.”
A few months on, we have been able to collate a large number of our feedback forms and rounded them up below. Echoing an overall positive response, we are excited to move forward with our most recent cohort starting this September. If you would like more information on the courses available through the Teaching School, click here.
- ‘Online courses give you flexibility and you can plan and organise your learning adapted to your circumstances. Due to the current situation I think this has been a brilliant idea.‘
- ‘The resources provided were relevant, up to date and interesting. They helped to give me a boost of motivation when I needed it the most!’
- ‘Really supportive and understanding, especially of my personal circumstances! Very reflective and helpful,’
- ‘Thank you for your time and comments. It was interesting to gain your insight into our projects and experiences. Thank you for your email offering support at this unusual time.’
- ‘The facilitator responded to posts promptly and in a very supportive way. She is incredibly knowledgeable and through her support I was able to reflect on what needs to be changed in my school. I feel empowered to promote further changes in order for the school to achieve greater success!’
- ‘Really helpful resources and a lot I would like to read or re-read later’
- ‘She was supportive and understanding! She was happy to reach out and easy to talk to on the phone.’
- ‘It is a very good way to learn as I can continue to be in school and work at my own pace and in my own time.’
- ‘It is very useful to work online as I can pick and choose when.’
- ‘Finances are such a big part of a headteacher’s role and it was interesting to learn more about how the ICFP and other areas fit in to the budget.’
- ‘Super course with good insight and gave me lots to think about!’
- ‘Good feedback which at times was challenging!’
- ‘This is very easy to navigate with very useful resources and prompts from our facilitator’.
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