Applying for npqh



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Description: I am currently a Deputy Head of a large school (over 1000) I was previously unsuccessful with an NPQH application and have now worked hard to...

I was previously unsuccessful with an NPQH application and have now worked hard to develop weak areas. I was wondering if anyone out there has been successful with the recent re-vamped course.

It really is not advisable to look at someone else's application for ANYTHING. It's all too easy to be over-influenced by what you've read, and then unwittingly include phrases or even whole sentences from the other person's work. Involuntary plagiarism, yet still plagiarism.

UCAS are using plagiarism software to spot similarities between personal statements in undergraduate applications. PGCE courses are too, for trainee teachers. Local Authorities are getting on to the bandwagon, and using the software for applications for teaching posts. Don't you think the NPQH lot are likely to be following the crowd? Be daft to have your application thrown into the bin for this, and your chances of becoming a Head stymied.

It is also very unwise to have your real name on a public forum; 70% of employers do a search on applicants for posts. I have just googled one of the people above - the one who, Google tells me, is a Deputy Headteacher at B********* M***** S***** in L******* B******. In a few years' time (assuming she gets her NPQH) she could be applying for a Headship and I could google her and discover that in 2010 she was asking for help with her application. Not the best start for a shortlisting committee to see that.

And finally, to put your e-mail on a public forum in its actual form is just asking for spam. The web-crawlers will find it and sell it. If you must put your e-mail somewhere public (preferably without your real name), then do it in this format: theo dot griff at hotmail dot com so that it cannot be recognised by the crawlers.

Yes, I know that you think that I am a sad old bloke, interfering in this way. But I am telling you this for your own good.




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