Levels of Accreditation

NADP recognises that members are at different stages in their career paths and will have varying degrees of experience, depth of knowledge and understanding of the professional context in which they work.

Accordingly, the NADP Accredited Member scheme comprises two levels:

Accredited Member

Senior Accredited Member

All members must seek Accredited Member status in the first instance.

Please note that, normally, there is a minimum period of two years between top-up from Accredited Member to Senior Accredited Member status.

ACCREDITED MEMBER

When applying for Accredited Member status applicants must select and submit four pieces of work from the following submission sections.

Three of these sections are compulsory and the other is chosen from a further list of optional sections.

Your Submission Sections

Compulsory Sections

Applicants must make submissions using the following three compulsory sections:

  1. Disabled Students with specific reference to, and discussion of, an element of the NADP Code of Practice (which could take the form of a critical evaluation of the needs assessment and the progression of a particular disabled student, consideration of the technical or human support recommendations and their implementation, consideration of policy and provision for learners with particular impairments, a focus on a single aspect of policy and provision such as transition/induction – and its impact on disabled learners, etc.)
  2. Continuing Professional Development (such as an evaluation of the applicant’s own CPD needs and strategies of meeting them, participation and involvement in CPD for colleagues, etc.)
  3. Critical Reflective Journal – In order to add verification to the submission for accreditation, all applicants must submit a Critical, Reflective Journal. This journal should cover a week’s work which indicates a range of the roles and responsibilities of the applicant. It is not necessary for this to a real week; applicants can make a selection from what they do during a calendar/academic year but it should not be too selective and not focus only on exceptional activities. We will expect a line manager or equivalent to read and review the application to verify that it is a true and accurate representation of the applicant’s roles and responsibilities.
Optional Sections

Applicants must make one submission selecting from the following three optional sections:

  1. Disability Society and Education (covering such matters as theories, issues and models of disability and their application to post-16 education, equality legislation and/or disability education, societal views of disability, critical reviews of contemporary research ,etc.)
  2. Institutional Policies and Procedures (covering such aspects as the design of inclusive courses, the organisation and delivery of inclusive teaching and learning, the development of inclusive assessment, a critical review of specific policies such as admissions, etc)
  3. Quality Assurance (such as a critical review of an aspect of policy or service provision or the DSA process)

SENIOR ACCREDITED MEMBER

When applying for Senior Accredited Member from Accredited Member status applicants must submit three pieces of work from the submission categories.

Compulsory Sections

Applicants must make submissions using the following two compulsory sections:

  1. A new Critical Reflective Journal – In order to add verification to the submission for accreditation, all applicants must submit a Critical, Reflective Journal. This journal should cover a week’s work which indicates a range of the roles and responsibilities of the applicant. It is not necessary for this to be a real week; applicants can make a selection from what they do during a calendar/academic year but it should not be too selective and not focus only on exceptional activities. We will expect a line manager or equivalent to read and review the application to verify that it is a true and accurate representation of the applicant’s roles and responsibilities.
  2. An account of any relevant topic which is of interest (this must not cover the same ground as any other submitted piece, but in all other respects is a free choice of topic. The intention here is to stimulate initiative and creativity and to promote and disseminate innovation and the development of policy and provision. The submission could take many different forms: for example – the production of guides for students; the devising and delivery of professional development for colleagues; the critical review of a new publication; the comparison of policy and provision between institutions both in the UK and overseas.)
Optional Sections

Applicants must make one submission selecting from the following three optional sections. Applicants may NOT select the same category they submitted to achieve Accredited Member status:

  1. Disability Society and Education (covering such matters as theories and models of disability and their application to post-16 education, legislation on disability and/or education, societal views of disability, critical reviews of contemporary research, etc.)
  2. Institutional Policies and Procedures (covering such aspects as the design of inclusive courses, the organisation and delivery of inclusive teaching and learning, the development of inclusive assessment, a critical review of specific policies such as admissions, etc)
  3. Quality Assurance (such as a critical review of an aspect of policy and provision or the DSA process)

International Applicants

Any international members who would like to gain Accreditation must write in English and include an additional explanation of approximately 500 words, which provides an overview of the relevant legal framework and systems operating within their own country. We do recommend that you contact the NADP office before registering to discuss any issues.