National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

Qualification overview: NPQSL provides recognition of leadership development and professional achievement for senior leaders. Candidates have access to high-quality learning materials and accounts of practice from outstanding leaders. Senior leaders reflect on their own leadership through discussion and debate with peers and put theory into practice.

The qualification has been designed to stimulate and challenge thinking, build knowledge, skills and expertise, and promote change and improvement in leadership behaviours, capability and capacity.

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership has a flexible combination of blended learning and support opportunities that includes face-to-face sessions, online learning, leadership learning groups, dedicated personal tutor and peer support. Candidates will complete three modules covering three learning areas: Strategy and Improvement, Teaching and Curriculum Excellence, and Managing Resources and Risks, each facilitated within a 4-week period. All focus on improving the effectiveness of leadership practice and developing behaviours around commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity and respect.

The structure of the NPQSL will include: on-the-job leadership training, challenge and support (through a coach and/or mentor), access to high-quality resources, drawing on up-to-date research and evidence, professional development from and with credible peers and opportunities for structured reflection.

Who can apply: You should be, or aspire to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities, for example: an experienced middle leader, a Deputy Headteacher, an Assistant Headteacher or other senior staff. This includes senior leaders working across more than one school, for example, directors of teaching school alliances.

Content areas: The 6 content areas across which you will develop your middle leadership knowledge and skills are: strategy and improvement, teaching and curriculum excellence, leading with impact, working in partnership, managing resources and risks and increasing capability.

Final assessment: You will complete a school improvement project within your team, lasting at least 2 terms, aimed at reducing variation in pupil progress and attainment, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching. Through this project, you will need to demonstrate your competence through an assessment linked to the knowledge and skills set out in the 6 content areas.

NPQSL programme fees are £1,250.

The application window is open for NPQSL until 14th September 2018.

Use this link to register

Scroll to the ‘register’ button at the bottom of the page. Once this is clicked, it will take you through to the registration portal. Under ‘your training preferences’ choose Herts and Bucks Teaching School Alliance in the drop down menu and complete details in the other boxes provided.

Please note that delivery for this cycle will not be hosted at St Clement Danes School.

Please make sure that you read the OLP terms and conditions before you register.


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