NPQSL (Senior Leadership)

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


Programme Overview

Course duration  Self-led study hours Live teaching hours
(online & face-to-face)
Coaching hours
21 months 30 hours 45 hours 10 hours

This 15 month programme is made up of four teaching cycles. Within each cycle you are required to complete:


Teaching cycles

Throughout the course you will cover:

Teaching Cycle 1: School culture and teaching

Teaching Cycle 2: Implementation, operational management and governance

Teaching Cycle 3: Curriculum and professional development

Teaching Cycle 4: Partnership, Additional/SEND and behaviour

Your learning experience

Across the programme you will take part in 4 teaching cycles. Across these phases you can expect to learn through:

- Reading course materials and recommended texts

- Virtually delivered webinars

- Break out room discussions

- Online group discussion forums

- Listening to podcasts

- Watching video content

- Listening and note-taking

- Examples and discussion with experienced school leaders

- Expert coaching in a small group

- Skills practice within a small group

- Researching

- Reflection and journaling

For more detailed programme information take a look at the NPQSL Course Overview (PDF)


Programme dates



In order to successfully complete NPQSL you will need to demonstrate at least 90% attendance at both Activate and Apply sessions.

You will also need to pass the summative assessment which takes place at the end of the programme. The summative assessment takes the form of a case study review and is completed as an open book assessment over an 8-day window. To pass you will need to achieve a mark of 60% of above.

Further information about assessment will become available throughout the course of your NPQ programme.



Cost: £1,135 (Fully funded for all state schools)


Ready to apply?

Apply for a place on NPQSL for 2022/23


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