The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (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. Course delegates are 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 is delivered though a blended learning approach, through a a combination of face-to-face days, online learning, school experience, and self-directed study. 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 headteacher
- integrate new learning into your leadership practice
- develop 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, including the nine day placement in a contrasting school, with an expectation that participants go for a final assessment within 12-18 months from induction.
Leadership diagnostic review
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.
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 7½ face-to-face training days including induction and focused school improvement days.
In order to gain the NPQSL qualification, participants are required to complete an assessment task in their own school.
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 in Educational Leadership and Management.