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NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership) is a national qualification that provides recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a senior leader.

This qualification has a flexible, modular structure that combines core modules with the freedom to specialise or develop your own professional areas of interest through the choice of elective modules. NPQSL is assessed and awarded by the National College for Teaching & Leadership, with assessment focusing on tasks linked to school improvement activities undertaken in the workplace.

Training with us

South Bromsgrove Teaching School offers NPQSL qualifications  for teaching professionals who would like to take the next steps in their career development. 

Our facilitators for the essential and elective modules are outstanding, experienced senior leaders who have a strong track record in delivering NPQs over a number of years.  Materials are delivered in an engaging and interactive manner and we are very keen to develop a cohort identity which allows candidates to support each other’s learning journey.

Who is this qualification for?

In order to secure a place on the qualification you must be a senior leader, or aspiring senior leader, with cross-school responsibilities, an experienced middle leader, a deputy head, a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO), an advanced skills teachers or a senior member of staff looking for further professional development but not aspiring to headship at this stage in their career.

Structure of the programme.

The programme comprises a half day launch, followed by three ful-day,  face-to-face training sessions.  In addition to these sessions, delegates will complete on-line learning, a 360 appraisal and a school improvement project covering at least two terms.

Date Session and Focus

11th January 2018 

1pm to 5pm

 Launch event -                                                                                                                                                           Introduction to the assessment                                                                                                                               Introduction to the competencies and leadership behaviours.

7th February  2018

9am - 4pm

 Session 1 - Leading with Impact

 Leading and motivating others.
 Identifying improvement objectives.
 Whole school improvement projects.

18th April 2018

9am - 4pm

 Session 2 - Leading Teaching and Learning

 Curriculum leadership.                                                                                                                                       Evaluating teaching and teacher quality.                                                                                                   Improving pupil progress/attainment.                                                                                                       Leadership of professional development.

14th June 2018

9am – 4pm

 Session 3 -  Leading School Improvement

 Identifying variations in pupil performance.
 Leading and managing change.
 Managing and mitigating risk.

17th October 2018

9am – 4pm 

 Session 4 - Working in Partnership

 Building partnerships to improve capability.                                                                                          Evaluating the impact of partnership work.                                                                                           Assessment procedures and write-up.

How to apply

To book your place please download and complete the booking form below.  Return by post, or by email to