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A brand new Leadership NPQ for those who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school or cross-trust level responsibilities


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NPQ for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

Lead successful whole school improvement and change

A completely updated NPQSL for those who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school or cross-trust responsibilities

  • Gain a nationally recognised, prestigious, government-backed qualification and make progress in your career
  • Strengthen your expertise as a senior leader, helping you to support a culture where pupils and staff can thrive, learning how to bring staff with you on the journey
  • Learn flexibly around your job with a blend of online learning, virtual sessions and local face to face workshops

Benefits for you

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of how to apply the evidence on school improvement through people development, learning how to lead everything from whole school programmes to specialist areas
  • A blended learning experience which fits around your role where you learn and discuss key content online, delivered in a way that suits the busy working lives of teachers and school leaders
  • Local virtual and face to face sessions that focus on real problem-solving, creating understanding, connecting with your peers and gaining depth of knowledge
  • Ongoing preparation to give you confidence to pass the final assessment
  • Facilitation and support from serving school leaders in excellent schools and delivery at local venues

Benefits for your school or trust

  • A skilful and research-informed leader who can contribute to a cohesive, impact-focussed school leadership team
  • Practical capability to get on with the job of developing others with the skills to lead people and teams, creating change and impact
  • A professionally aware and informed leader who can make evidence-based decisions and approach leadership in an effective and efficient manner
  • The ability to review and evaluate practice in order to bring about change and get the best outcomes for young people and staff within the organisation

A blend of flexible online learning, online discussion, virtual workshops and face to face workshops, for a few hours study each week over 18 months. This is followed by an assessment window where you will complete a 1500-word case study assessment to demonstrate your understanding of real leadership and change.

Our online modules guide you and your colleagues through understanding and implementing effective approaches to people-powered school improvement.

This completely reformed Leadership NPQ has an evidence-based curriculum design, connecting you to the latest research and best practice. Our research-rich course covers all of the core content in the government’s Framework for this qualification. It will help you to:

  • Create the environment need to ensure effective teaching, curriculum, assessment and culture
  • Lead effective professional development, change and implementation
  • Manage a school’s systems and processes, working with parents and governors

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Funding and Cost

Full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant, for the NPQ in Senior Leadership is available to all teachers who meet the following criteria:

  • are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities
  • are employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England

The course fee is £1,149 for all others – more information here

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More information

The Teacher Development Trust is an internationally leading charity in the fields of staff development and school improvement through people development. Founded by practising teachers and leaders in 2012, we’ve helped hundreds of schools and leaders to create lasting improvement.


Key Information: A Quick Guide

Course Length
18 months
Study Time
60hrs online study; four 4hr in-person sessions; four 1.5hr national seminars; nine 1.5hr local seminars; four 1.5hr case studies
National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership
Programme Start Date
26th February 2024
Other Key Dates
Final Delivery Session w/c 7th July 2025, Assessment Window start 15th September 2025 - end 22nd September 2025
Fully funded for all staff in state-funded schools and state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England. £1,149 for all others

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A note regarding your email address
The DfE will ask you to use a personal email address on their registration page, rather than a work or university email address that you might lose access to.  

We ask that you please use the same personal email address throughout your NPQ journey with us. This ensures we maintain a seamless connection with you, preventing potential issues caused by changes in school or position, duplicate applications, and minimises the risk of our messages being blocked by school firewalls.

By using a personal email address, you help us stay consistent, accurate, and timely with the information we send your way. If this poses any challenges for you, don't hesitate to let us know and we will make every effort to accommodate.

Find a Delivery Partner near you

Our carefully selected network of Delivery Partners deliver our courses across over 21 locations in England, Guernsey and the United Arab Emirates. Some Delivery Partners deliver in more than one region, so please ensure you are able to travel to your chosen local delivery location. 

Please use our interactive map below to see where our partners are based and what courses they are offering. 

Upcoming Key Dates for current NPQSL participants

Autumn 2022 NPQSL Cohort

National Seminar 4
Final Devivery Session
Assessment window start
Assessment window end
Date and Time
Wednesday 8th November 2023 (3.30pm - 5pm)
w/c 25th March 2024
Monday 15th April 2024
Monday 22nd April 2024

Spring 2023 NPQSL Cohort

Final Devivery Session
Assessment window start
Assessment window end
Date and Time
w/c 15th July 2024
Monday 2nd September 2024
Monday 9th September 2024

Autumn 2023 NPQSL Cohort

Final Devivery Session
Assessment window start
Assessment window end
Date and Time
w/c 17th March 2025
Monday 3rd April 2025
Monday 10th April 2025
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