Testimonials

NPQH Participants 2017-18

'I just wanted to send you a quick email to say a massive thank you to you and your team for a fantastic residential weekend. I have gained so much from this experience and it has really been a confidence builder for me. I think the structure of the weekend was spot on! I have been into my contrasting school this morning and have had a great time applying so many of the things that we reflected on over the weekend. It has been so helpful having head teachers working alongside us and asking us challenging questions to really get us thinking. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I think you all did an amazing job and it was very much appreciated.'

 

'I wanted to say, as there wasn't really the right place on the evaluation, how much my confidence in my ability to do the job has grown over the weekend. For me, the tasks set were perfect in enabling me to really believe that I can look at a set of data, or budget information, or an Ofsted report or a SIP and know where I would take a school. I found that I could assimilate the info quite quickly but then spent probably too much time making it look pretty - a lesson for the future! It also made me realise just how much I have learnt in my current role and how that has/is preparing me for the future. So thank you for designing the weekend that way and then making it happen.'

 

'Thank you so much for this photo. Good memories of a really useful and confidence building weekend. Thank you so much for all the thought and background work that went into it and for your very big part in all of that. I’ve come away really feeling that I could be a head teacher now!!'

'I thought the group were all just great to work with and it was lovely to be able to laugh a lot in between the busy aspects of the weekend and the work. Your insight and support all through this NPQH has been brilliant and I’ve really enjoyed working with you and continuing to do so.'

'Thank you again for this weekend, I really enjoyed it despite feeling pretty nervous coming into it on Friday!'

 

 'I just wanted to pass on my thanks for organising such an enjoyable, thought-provoking and genuinely useful weekend. I learnt a great deal from the experience and found all of the sessions to be absolutely relevant to my current role. Thanks again.'

 

'The facilitation during the weekend was excellent, allowing me to learn, reflect and improve my practice and understanding of leadership.'

 

'The F2F days and residential weekend have been an amazing experience and have contributed so much to my learning. The facilitation of learning by the course tutor and the adults he has invited to work with us has been second to none!'

 

'Thank you so much for this photo. Good memories of a really useful and confidence building weekend. Thank you so much for all the thought and background work that went into it and for your very big part in all of that.'

 

'I’ve come away really feeling that I could be a head teacher now!! I thought the group were all just great to work with and it was lovely to be able to laugh a lot in between the busy aspects of the weekend and the work. Your insight and support all through this NPQH has been brilliant and I’ve really enjoyed working with you and continuing to do so.'

 

'The way in which the workshops were set up enabled a great deal of discussion and professional challenge which enabled me to think on a much deeper level.'

 

'Very engaging and rigorous challenge, helping my cpd to headship.'

 

'This weekend was perfectly timed after the face to face days as it has given me the confidence to believe that I really can become a head teacher now. The tasks over the weekend and the opportunity to work with a 'real school' were invaluable and I got such a lot out of working with the other participants, sharing ideas and good practice as well. Also, the opportunity to work under pressure to produce a presentation and to then have to deliver that to other professionals and receive feedback as very useful. It's also helping me to continue to reflect on my own practice and support the projects that I am currently undertaking in my own school and my placement school.'

 

'This weekend particularly helped my understanding of my own ability to fulfil this role. Increasingly, I am finding the tasks within my existing capacity whilst still enabling me to develop my skills and reflect on discussions with colleagues.'

 

'The weekend was a valuable 'space' in which I could really focus on my NPQH journey. I have already seen results from previous learning on this programme but after this weekend I much more confident about dealing with an issue that has arisen in my improvement project. The successes are a result of all of the expertise and insights that are shared when the cohort meets and for the supportive atmosphere that surrounds every element of the course.'

 

'This weekend has really focussed me in - it has given me the confidence to move forward on my career journey. The speakers were well considered and spoke passionately - giving the reality of headship and challenged my thinking.'

 

'Great support from peers and providers of NPQH. I have learnt so much about school leadership.'

 

'I find the preparation work and learning really useful in supporting and guiding me towards relevant materials I need to internalise in order to be an effective Headteacher.'

 

'The pre-teaching documents help to prepare me for the session, but also to keep my thinking focused.'

 

'I always feel that any points raised are welcomed and that it is a supportive environment in which to do this.'

 

'John's supportive, positive, engaging manner makes me want to learn.'

 

'John is very approachable and sees the value in everyone’s contributions.'

 

'This day provided a clear insight into the reality of leadership and provided thought provoking ideas for future consideration.'

 

'I feel my leadership skills are continually improved.'

 

'The course is really helping me with my confidence and awareness of issues beyond my current remit.'

 

'Opportunities to reflect on my own practice have been vital and then to be challenged by colleagues has helped to clarify some aspects of my role.'

 

'The sessions were facilitated superbly, the discussion around workshops was in depth professional dialogue.'

 

'Very well organised weekend, all sessions linked to last task which was perfect.'

 

'Most profound impact on my professional thinking.'

 

'Excellent facilitating and speakers, really on the money and relevant to my role and future career.'

 

 

 

NPQEL Participants 2017 - 2018

'A really thought-provoking day with two excellent speakers that provoked much discussion and reflection.'

'Thank you! A great day, well led and a good balance of activities!'

'I Found the pre-course reading prepared me for the session.'

'Super- lots to read and research.'

'The diametrically opposed viewpoints were engaging and helpful 

'Well facilitated.'

'I thought John was excellent - very approachable, prepared and provided a relaxed thought provoking session - very pleased.'

'The Facilitation provides a range of opportunities to participate.' 

'Free flowing discussion was consistently promoted by the facilitator without any one delegate      dominating the discussion.'

'Thoughtful and insightful questioning made me think about my practice - thank you.' 

'John was fantastic at keeping the discussions relevant.'