National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) provides recognition of leadership development and professional achievement for senior school leaders. It has a flexible, modular structure that combines core modules with the freedom to specialise and to develop candidate’s own professional areas of interest through the choice of an elective module.

 

Who is this for?

NPQSL is suitable for senior leader with cross-school responsibilities, an experienced middle leader, a deputy head, a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO), an advanced skills teachers or a senior member of staff.

What are the benefits?

  • Facilitation and support from serving school leaders in outstanding schools
  • Purpose built virtual learning environment enabled for mobiles and tablets
  • Delivery at local venues
  • Guaranteed support to pass final assessment
  • Content contextualised for your locality and updated to reflect national developments and legislation
  • Regular progress updates for mentors and headteachers
  • Leadership provision rated ‘Gold’ by the National College for Teaching and Leadership

How is it delivered?

Candidates are expected to complete the qualification within a 12 month period and benefit from:

  • three face-to-face training events
  • four guided online courses working alongside peers*
  • regular online conferences to support and complement learning
  • access to two 360° leadership skills diagnostics
  • support from a nominated in-school mentor
  • facilitation from serving school leaders in outstanding schools
  • local and flexible access to high quality leadership training
  • dedicated online tutor to support school improvement project planning
  • mobile enabled virtual learning environment enabling flexible access to course resources and support community
  • option to accrue Credits and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points to contribute towards a Master's degree

*Online courses take around 15hrs and cover a three week period. The courses are facilitated by sector experts and provide a structured pathway through the module resources. Course activities are completed collaboratively helping enhance comprehension and application.

What does it cost?

School Type Fee payable
All state-maintained schools and academies £1,250*
Independent/Overseas schools £1,250 + assessment fees

*Final assessment activity will be funded for all candidates from English state-maintained schools and academies.

How to apply

Candidates can start the qualification in either the Spring or Autumn term. To register for the Spring 2017 intake, please visit our delivery partner websites using the links below. Registration closes on Friday 29 September 2017.

Please note that all registrations for National Professional Qualifications starting this Autumn are subject to the outcome of the Department for Education’s accreditation process. We will confirm the outcome to all registrants once known.

Regional partners

  In the North of England you’ll be working with the Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP)
Register for your place here
  In the Midlands you’ll be working with the L.E.A.D. Teaching School Alliance (L.E.A.D)
Register for your place here
  In the South of England you’ll be working with the West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership
Register for your place here
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