National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

Who is it aimed at?

Accredited by the Department for Education, this nationally recognised programme is aimed at early years, primary, special and secondary colleagues who are, or are aspiring to become a senior leader with responsibility for leading across the school, such a phase leader, core subject leader on the senior leadership team, head of department, deputy headteacher, assistant head teacher, or other senior staff.


Starting in the autumn 2019, the NPQSL programme takes between 12 and 18 months to complete and involves:

  • 5 full day face to face core training sessions facilitated by outstanding senior leaders from across the region
  • Minimum of 2 elective module sessions (½ day) on one or more of the following areas: Leading in an inner city school; Accelerating outcomes of disadvantaged pupils; staff well-being; leading in a faith school context; leading in the Early Years; SEND.
  • School based improvement project and case study (5000 words)
  • Self-directed professional reading
  • Individual leadership profiling
  • Support from school based mentor
  • Support from a professional coach and coaching sessions
  • ½ day assessment presentation

During the programme delegates will develop their 7 leadership behaviours: commitment; collaboration; personal drive; awareness; respect; resilience and integrity.

In addition, delegates complete and collect evidence against 6 areas of study:

  • leading with impact;
  • increasing capability;
  • working in partnership;
  • strategy and improvement;
  • teaching and curriculum excellence and;
  • managing resources and risk.

Where is the programme delivered?

Delegates can access this programme at one of our hubs, which will be assigned according to numbers:

  • Whitehall Primary School, Bristol
  • Backwell School, North Somerset
  • Corsham Primary School, Wiltshire
  • Abbot Alphege School, Bath and North East Somerset



£1,250 per delegate

Fees will be reduced to £1,000 for eligible participants/schools if you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • The applicant is from a school with more than 30% of children currently in receipt of Free School Meals (not Pupil Premium figures) as referenced on the latest DfE school performance tables website;
  • The applicant is from a BME background
  • The applicant’s school has

OR a 10% reduction to full course fees will be applied to the second and subsequent applicants if more than one person from your school makes an application to participate in the same cohort of NPQSL.

In 2018-19 full course fees were reimbursed by the DfE for participants meeting the following requirements: this funding is not expected to be in place for autumn 2019 cohorts.

  • They are enrolled on an NPQ course;
  • They work in a school in a Category 5 or 6 area*;
  • They do not already hold the NPQ for which they have enrolled;
  • They have not previously enrolled with the NPQ provider for the same NPQ course and dropped out before completing it; and
  • The Department for Education has not previously paid for their NPQ course.

*In the South West, these areas are: Weymouth and Portland; West SomersetTorridge and Swindon. (If you are a participant from one of these areas, we will contact you upon application regarding reimbursement of course fees when further information has been released from the DfE.)

To view our NPQSL flyer, please click here

For more information and how to apply, please visit our website:

Event Properties

Event Date 23-04-2019
Event End Date 16-09-2019
Registration Start Date 23-04-2019
Cut off date 30-09-2019
Individual Price £1,250.00
Whitehall Primary School, Bristol
Johnson´s Lane, Whitehall, Bristol BS5 9AZ, UK
Whitehall Primary School, Bristol
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