NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

For school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.

Grow your expertise as a senior school leader

Broaden your leadership knowledge and gain the specialist expertise needed to tackle your school improvement priorities.

Create a culture where all pupils can succeed

Learn how to support the development of a positive, predictable and safe environment for pupils. Contribute to your school’s strategic direction, setting ambitious standards across the school and establishing an environment for pupil success.

Build a supportive environment for colleagues and school leaders

Create a thriving environment in which all staff feel supported and valued.

Join a passionate network striving for educational equality

Share experiences with other school leaders, learn how they’ve faced similar challenges and build a professional network that will support you throughout your career.

Programme Structure

This 21-month programme (18 months’ delivery and three months for assessment) consists of a series of courses based on the DfE’s NPQ frameworks. Each course cycle features:

  • Evidence-based online content to refresh and build knowledge, as well as exemplify what this looks like for your role and level of leadership
  • A formative assessment task to support your learning
  • A face-to-face seminar with a group of peers, facilitated by a serving school leader–you’ll analyse and reflect on the task and hear further examples of good practice
  • The opportunity to record reflections and consolidate learning

This cycle repeats throughout the programme, with implementation a consideration in every course. Towards the end of the programme, you’ll also take a course focused specifically on effective implementation. This provides an opportunity to complete a significant but manageable change project as part of your role. There will be ongoing support through a seminar group and discussion forum.

Programme Objectives

This programme will help you to:

  • Develop as a leader with some areas of cross and whole school responsibility
  • Access content across a breadth of areas, such as teaching, behaviour and professional development
  • Be supported to effectively implement change and improvement in an area related to your role

Modules include:

  • School culture
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Behaviour
  • Additional and special needs
  • Professional development
  • Organisational management
  • Implementation
  • Working in partnership Governance and accountability
Key Information

Download the NPQSL Curriculum

We are now collecting Expressions of Interest for our Autumn 2024 NPQSL cohort. Please complete the form below and TDT will be in touch once the application process has opened.