National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership


The NPQSL is an established qualification that provides national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a senior leader. It is aimed at individuals who not only have responsibility for leading a team, but are also involved in leading across teams on a range of issues that affect the whole school or organisation. It is aimed at senior leaders, including experienced middle leaders, deputy heads, SENCOs and ASTs and other senior staff looking for further professional development but not yet within 18 months of headship. You do not have to have completed any prior leadership development programmes to embark upon this qualification.


The NPQSL 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.


Our Programme

Our programme is delivered though a blended learning approach; a combination of face to face days, on-line learning , school experience, and self –study and personal reading. As a competency based programme there is a focus throughout on the development of skills and understanding alongside leadership behaviours. Whilst on the programme day-to-day leadership development in your current school will allow you to:


  • lead on a strategically challenging project
  • engage in challenge and support from your coach and/or head teacher
  • integrate new learning into your leadership practice
  • develop those leadership behaviours identified through the 360 diagnostic
  • negotiate and tackle specific whole team/school improvement priorities


Those not currently working in a school will undertake these activities in the school(s) that they have identified, and who have committed to support them.
The course duration is 12 months with an expectation that participants go for final assessment within 12-18 months from induction.



Use of a Leadership Diagnostic

All participants are required to complete a 360 leadership review based around key leadership behaviours. This enables participants to use feedback from peers, those they report to and those that report to them, to celebrate strengths and identify areas for development. Ideally, this review is completed prior to induction. At induction, coaches and participants consider how best to develop identified areas. We encourage the review to be redone at the end of the programme.



Face-to-Face Days

Facilitators, themselves excellent and inspiring leaders, quickly get to know you and your learning needs, following you through from induction to final assessment. Participants attend 8 face to face training days including induction and focussed school improvement days.



Final Assessment

In order to gain the NPQSL qualification, participants are required to complete an assessment task in their own school.



Masters Credits

Our Leadership courses have been designed by, and are co-delivered with, the University of Nottingham. Participants on our programmes can gain exemption from up to two Masters modules of the University of Nottingham's MA Educational Leadership and Management degree.




  •   For schools with over 210 on roll, the cost of NPQSL is £1200.
  •   For schools with less than 210 on roll, as identified by Edubase at the time of application, the cost is £1050.
  •   These figures include the cost of the final assessment.


If you are a member of one of our partner or teaching school alliance schools, or making multiple bookings on behalf of a MAT or other cluster of schools, you may be eligible for up to a 10% discount.


  •   DfE funding is available – please visit this page to check the eligibility criteria.



Application Process

To book a place on this intake, please complete the application form via the link below.


lincolnshire tsa logoWe also run a Hub over in Lincoln – if you would like to join this cohort and attend all Face 2 Face days in Lincoln, please apply here.




Closing Date

Closing date for bookings on to this course is 27th September 2019.



Contact Us

Call us to discuss: 0115 9170100

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Course Information (PDF)

Apply Here (GSA TSA)

Apply Here (Lincolnshire Hub)


What Current Participants are Saying:

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