Graham Coleman“The people who make a difference are the leaders.  It comes down to leaders.”  Sir Michael Wilmshaw HMCI

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The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is a new qualification that provides national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a senior leader.
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.  It’s aimed at senior leaders, including experienced middle leaders, deputy heads, SENCOs and advanced skills teachers and other staff looking for further professional development but not aspiring to headship at this stage in their career.
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.
To achieve the NPQSL qualification you’ll need to successfully complete two essential modules and two further elective modules, which you are free to choose from a wide range of options. Programme content: Essential modules:  Closing the gap and Succeeding in senior leadership (titles subject to change).  Sample Elective Modules:  Improving the quality of teaching, Research and development in teaching, Effective whole-school management, School self evaluation, Leading professional development, Leading change for improvement, Leading in diverse system, Effective partnership working. Commitment: Each module requires up to 50 hours of blended learning.  This typically consists of workplace learning, face-to-face activity, including peer and facilitated learning, reading, reflection and online learning.

We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for both aspiring and serving middle leaders to gain a National Professional Qualification led by Ambition Institute.

We deliver the NPQSL through the Alliance’s trained and accredited facilitators, tailoring content to meet local challenges and each leaders’ development needs.  This school-led leadership development will align with school improvement plans and leaders’ strengths and areas for growth.

This qualification will provide a clear pathway of expert career progression.  So, if you’re looking to develop your leadership skills register your interest to start your journey.

The main focus of this programme is the participant’s own leadership development, including how to make best use of tasks and tools to make the transition to senior leadership.  Participants will be assessed through a written assignment to ensure that they have reached the qualification requirements.

The programme will comprise a series of training sessions along with pre- and post-reading and an in-school impact project.  The sessions will include the following five core areas:

        • Self-development and stepping up into senior leadership
        • Strategic leadership using data
        • Leadership of whole-school CPD
        • Teaching and learning improvements
        • Horizon scanning and looking to the future

Workshops will include a mixture of theoretical input, case studies and interactive discussion.  To make sure they get the most out of the programme, participants will need to carry out pre- and post-workshop reading outside of the sessions.  It is also an invaluable opportunity to meet and collaborate with other senior leaders.


This programme is suitable for:

  • Teachers who are aspiring to senior leadership and who meet the  following eligibility criteria:
    – Likely to be in a senior leadership role in the next 12-18 months
    – Have completed at least one year at a middle leadership level
    -May have served on an extended SLT
  • Those currently in senior leadership roles who fit within the criteria below*
    – Senior leaders should have responsibility for the results of a team, and line manage at least one middle leader
    – Will serve on the senior leadership of the school, and attend  SLT meetings
    – In secondary schools, senior leaders will have roles such as assistant headteacher or assistant/vice principals
    – In large secondary schools, heads of large departments and faculties, leaders may have responsibility commensurate with that of senior leaders
    – In primary schools, senior leaders will have roles such as assistant/associate headteacher, assistant/vice principals as well as substantive whole-school responsibilities.

*if the senior leader is aspiring to headship, or is a deputy headteacher in secondary/ deputy or assistant headteacher in primary, this person is more likely to be suited to the NPQH.

For both aspiring and serving senior leaders to receive their qualification, they will need to be able to complete the project element of this qualification successfully.  This is to lead an improvement project in their team, lasting at least two terms, aimed at improving pupil progress and attainment and the capability of their team.  It is essential that the school understands this element of the programme, and the support that will be required of them, when they are placing participants on the programme.

For further information regarding upcoming cohorts please contact us using the details below.