National Professional Qualification Senior Leader (NPQSL)


This qualification is for aspiring senior leaders who are looking to develop their own skills, or for school leaders looking to develop their members of staff in terms of succession planning.  The purpose of this programme is to develop highly effective senior leader with the skills, confidence and knowledge to contribute to the strategic development of your school or organisation as part of the senior leadership team.


The programme:

  • helps develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to lead high-performing teams in a school and to improve classroom practice throughout the school
  • deepens understanding in leading with impact, teaching and curriculum excellence, increasing capability, school strategy and improvement, working in partnership and managing resources and risks across the school
  • enables you to evaluate your leadership behaviours and plan how you will develop these during your study programme.


All Facilitators are trained by Best Practice Network.


NPQSL is suitable for aspiring and newly appointed senior leaders.

Course commitment

The programme takes place over an 18 month period and comprises face to face sessions and online learning.  Colleagues will engage with a peer support model and will complete a school impact project.


Full DfE scholarship funding is available for leaders from schools in Category 5 & 6 areas subject to certain criteria.  Applicants should complete the online application form via Best Practice Network:  You will need the following codes to book:

The partner allocation code is: CATTS

The partner name is listed as Community Academies Trust Teaching School

Dates and Venue

Forest of Arden Hotel and Golf Club, Meriden

Friday 14 December 2018 09.00 – 16.30

Wednesday 13 March 2019 09.00 – 16.30

Wednesday 26 June 2019 09.00 – 16.30

Cannock Chase Innovation Centre

Wednesday 12 December 2018 09.00 – 16.30

Thursday 4 March 2019 09.00 – 16.30

Thursday 27 June 2019 09.00 – 16.30

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