National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership

Develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to be a highly effective senior leader in a school.

Course outline

The NPQSL consists of 6 face to face days and three twilight sessions. You’ll need to complete a number of interim school based learning tasks and a final assessment.

Who can apply?

You should be in a leadership role with cross-school responsibilities, for example:

An experienced middle leader

A Deputy Head / Assistant Head 

A Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) 

Other senior staff

Modules to complete

Pre task: Dual research task around whole school curriculum and intervention foci using impact based research and school data. 

1: Leading with impact-motivating and influencing others 

2: Increasing capability 

3: Strategy and improvement 

4. Teaching and curriculum excellence 

5. Managing resources and risks

6. working in partnership

The NPQSL also has focussed modules on East Midland priorities such as white working class boys and leadership in a faith school.

NPQSL 120 guided learning hours - 48 face to face hours, 12 hours self-study professional tasks, 6 hours coaching, 12 hours engagement with online learning platform, 42 hours workplace learning improvement project.


£1160 +VAT (TELA members receive a 30% discount on all NPQs)

*Scholarship funding—Funding is available to support teachers and leaders working in opportunity areas and category 5 and 6 areas to take the new NPQs. These areas include parts of Leicester City, Derby/shire, Nottingham/shire, Stoke and others.



You must have your Head Teachers full support to apply for  NPQ's.  

Full information, including dates are on our flyer and NPQSL application form are below. 

Information flyer & application form


Register your early interest

Or call us on 01455 283263 ext 3205

(Jo Ravenhill, Teaching School Administrator)

Thomas Estley Learning Alliance (TELA) are proud to be one of only 41 nationally accredited providers of NPQs. 

Find out what makes our courses special by registering your interest