Skip to content ↓
Cheshire Leadership and Teaching School Alliance

Cheshire Leadership and Teaching School Alliance

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

Senior leaders play a critical part in developing and implementing all strategic and operational decisions at cross school and whole school level. As a key role model in the school, senior leaders must demonstrate collective responsibility, be at the operational sharp edge of change and effectively manage staff.

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is the leading qualification for current or aspiring senior leaders. The programme tackles the challenges of leading beyond a team within an organisation. On completion of our NPQSL, you will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to drive your school forward as part of a Senior Leadership Team.

We offer a unique programme with excellence, critical reflection and high quality school-based practice at its heart. Our tailored programme will ensure your learning is relevant to your needs and offer you the opportunity to work with outstanding leaders.

The NPQSL is for those who are, or are aspiring to become, a senior leader with cross school
responsibilities e.g. an experienced middle leader, an Assistant Headteacher, a
Deputy Headteacher, or other senior staff. This includes those who are, or are aspiring to
be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities, e.g. a Director of a Teaching School

To achieve the NPQSL qualification, you will need to successfully complete:
• 6 study modules
• Undertake a final assessment
We know that having the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners and share
your experiences with peers is an important part of your learning. That’s why we place
a premium on our face-to-face leadership learning days. The face-to-face events are
supplemented by workplace learning, reading, reflections and online learning. Training schedule below.

The 6 study modules set out what a leader should know and be able to do. Modules focus
on improving leadership practice and support the development of the critical leadership
behaviours of commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity
and respect; behaviours which exemplify how the best leaders operate.
The modules are:
• Strategy and Improvement
• Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
• Leading with Impact
• Working in Partnership
• Managing Resources and Risks
• Increasing Capability

In order to gain the qualification, you must successfully complete the NPQSL final
assessment; a task designed to demonstrate your ability to be an effective senior leader.
You will be expected to lead an improvement programme across your school, lasting
at least 2 terms, to reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment and improve the
efficiency and effectiveness of teaching.


The 2020 application window is now open. Click on below link to register:-

NPQSL Application Form

Closing date for applications 21/09/20. Programme starts 05/10/20