What is NPQSL?

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is part of the professional development programme for school leaders in the UK. It is quality assured through the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

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

Learners First is one of only 32 providers nationally, licensed by NCTL to deliver the NPQSL programme. It is led by Wickersley Teaching School in collaboration with Teaching School Alliances from across the country.

What does the course cover?

The modules at level 2 will help participants address the challenges that senior leadership brings, including whole school and cross school responsibilities; operational and management tasks; the range and changing nature of responsibilities of senior leaders, including system leader roles; transition from middle leadership to senior leadership and taking on more strategic responsibilities; and tensions between being a classroom teacher and a senior leader. The two essential modules look at the challenge of managing operational and strategic responsibilities and closing the attainment gaps that exist between particular groups of pupils. The modules explore how these can be addressed at a whole-school level through school-wide improvements led by senior leaders.

How is the course assessed?

The final assessment process comprises one assessed task in which you lead, for an extended period, on a school improvement priority across your school. The task, which needs to be achievable within a 12 month period, must produce demonstrable positive impact and sustainable change.

For the task you will be expected to draw upon your practical experience, research and relevant school, local and national data to inform your leadership decision making. You will also be expected to apply your learning from the essential (Educational Excellence – Closing the gap, Strategic Leadership – Succeeding in senior leadership) and elective modules you have completed and to draw upon your knowledge and expertise in relevant national policy priorities.

The task will include written evidence/appropriate documentation submitted by you and further evidence/verification from your sponsor and headteacher.

Who delivers the course?

Our approach is based on the premise that programme participants should have the opportunity to learn from and work with the very best serving school leaders. Therefore, our design and delivery teams are current headteachers, school leaders and specialists with outstanding track records, many of whom are accredited as National, Local or Specialist Leaders of Education.

When is the next course?

The next courses start in September 2014.

Why Learners First?

  • Child centered
  • School-led partnership
  • Highest quality leaders – NLE’s
  • School improvement focus
  • Every child matters

NCTL Review 2014

Leadership & Management
Quality of Provision
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