National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership


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The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is a qualification that provides national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement and will give you the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to be a highly effective senior leader.

You can control the pace and focus of your study by completing the work in a timeframe that suits you, and by choosing elective modules that interest you the most.

Who is it for?

The NPQSL is for senior leaders with cross-school responsibilities, including experienced middle leaders, deputy heads, special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) and advanced skills teachers, and other senior staff looking for further professional development but not aspiring to headship at this stage in their career.

What’s involved?

Completion of 2 essential and 2 elective modules. Each module requires up to 50 hours of blended learning, typically consisting of:

  • workplace learning (about 20 hours) practical activities
  • face-to-face activity including peer and facilitated learning
  • reading and reflection
  • online learning

Final assessment - The final assessment process will enable you to demonstrate that you can deliver successful and sustainable school improvement in your own school setting and that you can use the experience to reflect upon and improve your own leadership competencies. It comprises 2 assessed tasks drawn from an aspect of your work which demonstrates your leadership across the school.

How long is the programme?

6–18 months, depending on your experience and how you manage your study around other priorities. The normal duration is 12 months.

Where is it held?

All face-to-face sessions will be held at the Minster School, Nottingham Road, Southwell, Notts, NG25 0LG


Trish O’Malley
Teaching School Administrator
[email protected]
01636 817 318

"I would encourage colleagues to complete NPQSL at Southwell Minster Teaching School...Excellent support and motivation given throughout the course...Fantastic questioning as ever!...Well presented."