National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

We are working in partnership with The Star Institute and The Hollins (East Lancashire Teaching School Alliance) to deliver the NPQSL programme. To download our flyer or book a place please see the right column.


The NPQSL is well established as the leading qualification for current or aspiring leaders with cross school responsibilities, including experienced middle leaders, deputy heads and other senior staff wanting cutting edge outstanding professional development.

The Department for Education has allocated a £10 million fund for scholarships for eligible candidates undertaking National Professional Qualifications in school leadership. Scholarships are for candidates in category 5 and 6 local authority districts, including Opportunity Areas like Blackpool, Oldham and Bradford, and other districts such as Liverpool, Wolverhampton, Knowsley, Salford, Pendle and Burnley. To find out if you’re eligible for a funded place, please get in touch or check your school on the get information about schools website, you can find the link in the column on the right . The scholarships are available on a first come first served basis until the fund is exhausted.

“All our evidence shows that it is good leadership that makes the biggest difference to school standards.”

Sir Michael Wilshaw (January 2016) HMCI

The Programme

  • 6 study modules
  • A final assessment

We know that having the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners and share your experiences with peers is an important part of your learning. That’s why we place a premium on our face-to-face leadership learning days. The face-to-face events are supplemented by workplace learning, reading, reflections and online learning.

The 6 study modules set out what a leader should know and be able to do. Modules focus on improving leadership practice and support the development of the critical leadership behaviours of commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity and respect; behaviours which exemplify how the best leaders operate.Each module includes 30 hours of learning . (Face to face session 6 hours, workplace learning 18 hours, online learning/conferences 4 hours, reflective activity 2 hours).

The modules are:

  • Strategy and Improvement
  • Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
  • Leading with Impact
  • Working in Partnership
  • Managing Resources and Risks
  • Increasing Capability

In order to gain the qualification, you must successfully complete the NPQSL final assessment; a task designed to demonstrate your ability to be an effective senior leader.

You will be expected to lead an improvement programme across your school, lasting at least 2 terms, to reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching.

Why choose us?

By choosing us you will be working with talent from East Lancashire schools, who have expertise in secondary, primary and special education. This puts us in a unique position where we can support middle leaders across all sectors and allow cross-phase collaboration to develop your skills.

The Price


NPQSL Brochure

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