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Why choose Best Practice Network?
In recent years, Best Practice Network has grown into a nationwide network of 165 schools, multi-school organisations, dioceses and university partners. The extensive expertise and diversity of our partner network allows us to develop rich, phase-specific, programme content which is delivered and facilitated by local experts in local schools.
- 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 the final assessment
- Content contextualised for your locality and updated to reflect national developments and legislation
- Regular progress updates for mentors and headteachers
National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Senior Leadership
NPQSL gives candidates all of the essential knowledge, skills and concepts that underpin successful senior leadership with candidates learning how to:
- Contribute to establishing and sustaining the school’s strategic direction
- Contribute to establishing and sustaining an effective culture across the school
- Establish and sustain effective planning and preparation across the school
- Ensure teaching across the school stimulates pupil thinking and understanding
- View the NPQSL programme tab for the full programme content
"It has been a great course to be part of in giving me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills and being able to apply my learning in school. The face-to-face days were a great chance to share and discuss with others and my LPC was brilliant; always supportive and providing guidance and advice."
NPQSL Graduate | Autumn 2021
Who is it for?
The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.
The role of a senior leader within a school is complex. Although the role varies, many senior leaders contribute to all aspects of the school through the leadership team as well as having a specific whole school responsibility of their own. This means the role is often both operational and strategic and relies on working with and through colleagues (in particular, through middle leaders) to ensure every pupil gets an excellent education.
How is NPQSL delivered?
NPQSL makes use of a blended delivery model consisting of face-to-face events, online study, webinars and coaching
NPQSL participants will attend 4 face-to-face events via the blended delivery model. Our nationwide delivery partnership network allows us to bring face-to-face training to a school near you, facilitated by local school leaders.
Participants access online learning and support via our virtual learning environment (VLE) Canvas. Through Canvas, participants are able to engage with their learning communities of peers and access multimedia content, research and expert school-led practice aligned to the curriculum content for the qualification. They can also receive high-quality feedback from experienced performance coaches and submit work for assessment.
NPQSL Delivery Structure
Applicants must have full support from their school/organisation. A head teacher, member of the SLT, line manager or Chair of Governors (or similar authoritative role) must confirm their support and that all information submitted is true and correct. This is a Department for Education mandatory requirement.
To apply for NPQSL, applicants must have the following:
- Teacher Reference Number (TRN) - see TRN Support Guide
- 2 years teaching experience
- Leadership aspiration/experience
If you are unsure if you meet the above requirements or have other relevant experience then please contact our team who will be able to support your application.
NPQSL International costs £1550 plus VAT where applicable. VAT is chargeable on courses funded by private individuals.
We also offer an apprenticeship route to NPQSL
How to apply
We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2024 NPQSL Cohort. Click below to apply.
Related Courses and Content
Senior Leaders Apprenticeship (with NPQSL) Level 5
Designed for aspiring or recently appointed senior leaders looking to improve their leadership capability.
Scholarships and Funding
Explore the full range of funding options for National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) and Apprenticeships with NPQs in this brochure.