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National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

The Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher lead the NPQSL on behalf of Best Practice. 


The NPQSL is a DfE-accredited qualification. The content and processes used within the programme are subject to robust external quality assurance so that schools and participants can have confidence that the areas studied have direct relevance to their current needs.


Benefits for Participants

  • Facilitation and support from serving school leaders in outstanding schools
    • Purpose-built virtual learning environment enabled for mobiles and tablets
    • Delivery from Hopwood CP School training room
    • Support to pass the final assessment
    • Content contextualised for your locality and updated to reflect national developments and legislation
  • Assessment tasks that involve professional enquiry into relevant aspects of your school’s current practices
    • Choose what to study. Our regular needs analyses support participants to focus their energies on those aspects of their leadership they most wish to develop.
    • Flexible delivery arrangements according to needs and circumstances e.g. provision for staff who work part-time.
    • The NPQSL qualification is aligned to Masters credits and can act as a springboard on to Liverpool Hope University’s MA in Leading in Education or the MBA in Educational Leadership


Benefits for Schools

  • A leader who is able to make a positive contribution to a wide range of whole school activities
    • A leader equipped with essential knowledge and understanding of what we are learning about effective practice in both operational and strategic leadership and management at a whole school level
    • A leader with the skills necessary to successfully implement sustainable changes intended to secure improved pupil outcomes
    • A leader who recognises the importance of having a secure evidence-base to underpin their strategic decision-taking and is familiar with the science of learning
    • A leader who shares common understandings and a shared professional language with other leaders in your school – the ‘golden thread’ of professional development


National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) Overview

National professional qualifications (NPQs) are a recognised set of qualifications, supporting the professional development of teachers and leaders. From autumn 2021, a reformed suite of NPQs are available, including the 3 existing NPQs in senior leadership, headship and executive leadership.