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.

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders is part of the NCTL Leadership Curriculum.  It includes the following:

  • An online induction
  • Modular method of study that combines core academic elements and peer collaborative learning.
  • Opportunity to engage in a school improvement task in your home school, over the duration of the programme.
  • Final assessment task providing evidence of your learning during the programme and its application to an actual school improvement activity.

The cost of the NPQSL is £1200.

If your school qualifies for a NCTL Scholarship you may be eligible for a contribution toward the cost of the programme - see below. Places are not limited but the number of scholarships available each year is restricted by the NCTL. Scholarships are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Scholarships Amount Eligibility
Option A: 100% Small schools with less than 100 pupils on role & Small secondary schools with less than 500 pupils on roll
Option B: 50% Schools with 101 - 250 pupils on roll
Option C: 20% Schools with more than 251 pupils on roll
Option D: 0% Non-maintained or independent schools do not qualify for scholarships and will be charged the full programme and assessment costs



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