National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership


NPQSL is for those individuals who not only have responsibility for leading a team, but are also involved in leading a range of issues that affect the whole school or organisation. 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 Alliance (TSA).


The qualification will support you in becoming a 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.

We will tailor the programme to meet your particular priorities through your choice of  in-school project.

It is expected participants will complete the programme within 12 months.

Our Delivery Model

Our delivery model adopts a blended learning approach – prioritising learning through face-to-face zoom sessions with expert facilitators, who are practising educational leaders, supported by self-directed learning through think pieces, current cutting edge research, work based practice, and exposure to outstanding practice through brokered optional school visits.



Application Deadline

We continue to accept registrations and the new deadline for registrations is Friday 31st March 2021.  This will be our final cohort for our existing licence and depending on Covid restriction and numbers registering we may offer some flexibility in terms of deferring to the new suite of NPQs (to be launched in September 2021) or delivery of our existing programme as planned below of which the majority will be delivered online.


The Alliance of Leading Learning NPQSL Package Includes:

  • 4 Live Zoom Session
  • Online support webinar on final assessment and how to hit the assessment criteria
  • Access to our Virtual Learning Environment – Moodle
  • Access to the Alliance of Leading Learning national and international Professional Learning Community
  • Admin support and customer care throughout the course

Study Modules

Leading with Impact:

  • Lead, motivate and influence others, including beyond the line management chain, to deliver whole-school objectives.
  • Develop a communications plan that promotes or defends the school’s performance, policies or decisions effectively.

Teaching and Curriculum Excellence:

  • Use a range of techniques to gather evidence on teaching quality and the impact of interventions across a school.
  • Reduce variation within the school and against comparative schools by improving pupil progress, attainment and behaviour.
  • Develop and maintain a rich, high-quality school curriculum.

Increasing Capability:

  • Identify excellent professional development practice.
  • Identify talent within an organisation and put in place arrangements or tools to develop and retain it.
  • Design professional development strategies, which engage all staff (including new/recently qualified teachers) and anticipate future professional development needs.

School Strategy and Improvement:

  • Analyse performance data to identify the causes of variation within a school and against comparative schools.
  • Ensure data collected is necessary, proportionate and manageable for staff.
  • Work with the governing board effectively to identify and agree approaches to school priorities.
  • Design and implement sustainable change across a school.

Working in Partnership:

  • Identify a range of local and national partners that can support school improvement.
  • Put in place systems, processes or structures which facilitate knowledge transfer and shared best practice within and beyond the school.
  • Identify the most effective partnerships for improving pupil progress.

Managing Resources and Risks:

  • Deploy resources across a school effectively and efficiently to deliver school priorities (for example, in relation to the use of Pupil Premium funding).
  • Monitor the use of resources across a school, identifying opportunities and pressures (for example, in relation to teacher workload).
  • Systematically identify, manage and mitigate risks to the school, its pupils and staff.

Final Assessment

The assessment comprises of a project style submission detailing your development as a leader throughout the programme. You will create a 5000 word report  based on your project where you will work across your school to :

  1. reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment
  2. improve the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching

Your school based coach and sponsor will also be required to contribute by verifying your submission and supporting with further evidence.
You will be able to choose a window for your assessment within a 12 month timescale.

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