Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

Level 2 - NPQSL

NPQSL is for those individuals who not only have responsibility for leading a team, but are also involved in leading a range of issues that affect the whole school or organisation.This includes those who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilites e.g. a Director of a Teacher School Alliance (TSA).The qualification will support you in becoming a highly effective senior leader with the skills, confidence and knowledge to contribute to the strategic development of your school or organisation as part of the senior leadership team.The support of a 'sponsor' from your school, usually your line manager or Headteacher, is essential to enable you to make the most of the programme.You will tailor the programme to meet your particular priorities through your choice of  in-school project. and a 360 20q Diagnostic of your leadership skills which  will help you identify the areas you want to develop. 

Each Module involves a mix of blended learning, including the following :
  • Entry and exit Leadership Diagnostics
  • School-based Induction Tasks
  • 3 Face-to-Face days
  • Self-directed learning to apply key learning to the school environment
  • Action Learning sets to gain ongoing experience of other school leadership systems
  • Final Assessment Twilight
  • Access to the LLSE Professional Learning Community
  • Ongoing support (from your in-school Mentor and our trained Facilitators)
  • Access to LLSE admin support throughout the course  

Study Modules 

Leading with Impact: 

  • Lead, motivate and influence others, including beyond the line management chain, to deliver whole-school objectives.
  • Develop a communications plan that promotes or defends the school’s performance, policies or decisions effectively. 

Teaching and Curriculum Excellence: 

  • Use a range of techniques to gather evidence on teaching quality and the impact of interventions across a school.
  • Reduce variation within the school and against comparative schools by improving pupil progress, attainment and behaviour.
  • Develop and maintain a rich, high-quality school curriculum. 

Increasing Capability: 

  • Identify excellent professional development practice.
  • Identify talent within an organisation and put in place arrangements or tools to develop and retain it.
  • Design professional development strategies, which engage all staff (including new/recently qualified teachers) and anticipate future professional development needs. 

School Strategy and Improvement: 

  • Analyse performance data to identify the causes of variation within a school and against comparative schools.
  • Ensure data collected is necessary, proportionate and manageable for staff.
  • Work with the governing board effectively to identify and agree approaches to school priorities.
  • Design and implement sustainable change across a school.

  Working in Partnership: 

  • Identify a range of local and national partners that can support school improvement.
  • Put in place systems, processes or structures which facilitate knowledge transfer and shared best practice within and beyond the school.
  • Identify the most effective partnerships for improving pupil progress. 

 Managing Resources and Risks: 

  • Deploy resources across a school effectively and efficiently to deliver school priorities (for example, in relation to the use of Pupil Premium funding).
  • Monitor the use of resources across a school, identifying opportunities and pressures (for example, in relation to teacher workload).
  • Systematically identify, manage and mitigate risks to the school, its pupils and staff. 

Final Assessment

The final assessment is submitted to an external assessor.
The assessment comprises of a project style submission detailing your development as a leader throughout  the programme. You will create a 5000 report  based on your project where you will work across your school to : 

a) reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment 

b) improve the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching  

Your school based coach and sponsor will also be required to contribute by verifying your submission and supporting with further evidence.
You will be able to choose a window for your assessment within an 18 month timescale.  


Course Dates:

Induction Twilight - 6th November 2017

Face to Face 1 - 22nd November 2017

Face to Face 2 - 11th January 2018

Face to Face 3 - 7th March 2018

Final Assessment Workshop - 25th April 


Fulston Manor School, Brenchley Road, Sittingbourne ME10 4EG


Programme costs are £849. (Localised bursaries of £100 are available for schools in Canterbury, Swale and Thanet).

What next?

Applications for NPQML starting in Autumn 2017 is now open.

Our current providers are:

Leadership Learning South East    

Download your STSA Application Form 2017 

Application Form