National Professional Qualification

for Senior Leadership

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Who is it for?

NPQSL is designed for those who are, or are aspiring to become a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities, for example

  • An experienced middle leader
  • A deputy headteacher
  • An assistant headteacher
  • A senior member of staff such as a Teaching School director

If you are not sure about your suitability for the programme, please contact us and we will assist you.

You can apply for this programme by completing this online form. Your application is made directly to NETSP.

The programme requires 4 full days out of school. The price for participants from maintained schools is £850. NETSP is applying for Department for Education funding for all eligible participants.

You can also run NPQSL with NETSP in your own school.

Run NPQSL in your school or Teaching School Alliance with NETSP 

Blended Learning

Our curriculum model incorporates a range of different types of study.

 Workplace Learning   In-School Coach   Face-to-face CPD   Structured Reflection   Online Learning   360° Diagnostic Tool   High Quality Resources

Leadership Behaviours

We cover the leadership behaviours which set out how the best school leaders operate.

 Commitment   Personal Drive   Collaboration   Resilience   Awareness   Integrity   Respect 

Content Areas

We cover the content areas which set out what a school leader should know or be able to do.

 Strategy and Improvement   Teaching and Curriculum Excellence   Leading with Impact   Working in Partnership   Managing Resources and Risks   Increasing Capability 

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Assessment - NPQSL

The assessment for the programme involves running an improvement project in your school which lasts at least two terms. This initiative must be aimed at reducing variation in pupil progress and attainment, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching.

During your programme you will build a portfolio demonstrating how your project meets the assessment criteria. This will be submitted at the end of your programme. Our support and guidance will help you achieve this.

Once submitted, your work will be assessed against the Department for Education (DfE) criteria for the award of your NPQSL.

Assessment - NPQSL with 20 Masters' credits

Once submitted, your NPQSL work will be assessed against the Department for Education (DfE) criteria for the award of your NPQSL, and against Newcastle University Masters' level criteria for the award of your Masters' credits.

NPQSL with 20 Masters' credits incurs an additional cost of £200*. If you achieve the Masters' credits you can subsequently complete the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Educational Leadership at Newcastle University next academic year. The cost of the remaining module of the PGCert is £1500*.

*This cost is for 2018/19, it may change in future years

"I have just received my results letter stating I have been successful in passing the course. I now feel I can start another chapter in my teaching career, and move forward with self-belief."

- NPQSL Participant

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North East Teaching Schools Partnership

Inspiring Outstanding School Leadership

School of Education, Communication and Languages Sciences, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU
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