NPQSL National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership

The NPQSL is for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.


NPQSL starts in November 2023

Apply now:  
Application deadline: Friday 29 September 2023


What will I learn?

This 18-month course will help you gain confidence and develop skills in:

  • leadership knowledge and the specialist expertise needed to tackle school improvement priorities
  • supporting the development of a positive, predictable and safe environment for pupils
  • contributing to your school’s strategic direction and establishing an environment for pupil success
  • helping ensure staff feel supported and valued

This course covers themes including:

  • school culture
  • effective teaching
  • supporting curriculum and assessment development
  • behaviour
  • additional and special educational needs
  • professional development
  • organisational management

You’ll also learn about:

  • implementation strategies
  • working in partnership with parents and carers
  • governance and accountability


This course is based on these 10 units of the NPQSL framework and will be delivered across 5 cycles of the learning model.