National Qualification for Leading Teaching

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

What will I learn?

• How to contribute to establishing and sustaining the school’s strategic direction and to the development of an effective culture across the school.

• How to develop teaching across the school through effective planning and preparation, and by supporting colleagues to explain and model effectively.

• How to support colleagues to develop the curriculum and assessment.

• How to support colleagues to develop the enabling conditions for good behaviour and support pupils with complex behavioural needs.

• How to ensure all pupils achieve success by supporting colleagues to adapt their teaching to different pupil needs.

• How to ensure colleagues participate in effective professional development.

• Organisational management (safeguarding, resource allocation and management, recruitment).

• Effective implementation and change management.

• Working in partnership with parents, the community and with other schools.

• Governance and accountability.

Summary of the Programme and NPQ Learning Hours

Session Type NPQ training (55 hours):

Every Term (3 Terms)

Total Hours (3 Terms)

Audit before start of programme


One day induction conference at the beginning of year 1


Face to face events - Terms 2, 3 & 4


Self-directed learning / Learning journal / Implementation project

13 hours per term (minimum)


Online learning community: Discussion session

1 hour each term (minimum)


Peer learning group

2 hours each term


Line manager sessions

Termly one-hour meeting


Total hours