National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

We are a proud Delivery Partner of the education charity Ambition Institute delivering the NPQ in Senior Leadership.

This 18-month programme helps you develop your leadership knowledge and expertise to improve outcomes for teachers and pupils in your school.

> Gain an NPQ Senior Leadership accreditation
> Enjoy flexible training to suit your timetable
> Access evidence-based learning
> Learn from leadership experts

Why this programme?

Ambition Institute has designed this ground-breaking NPQ to give you the chance to learn about evidence-based school leadership and put it into practice in your school or trust.

Ambition’s 'little and often' approach uses the latest research to help you apply your learning to persistent problems. You'll train alongside other leaders with similar responsibilities, focusing on the key challenges you face in your role.

With no project work and minimal time out of school, the NPQs are designed to fit around your busy timetable.

NPQSL explained in 90 seconds or less 

Benefits for you

Train to your timetable
The flexible programme is designed to fit in with your busy working role. Training is delivered in bite-sized chunks, which is useful for retaining knowledge, and you can learn at a time and pace that suits you.

Build your confidence
Learn how to excel as a leader and get the support you need to take the next step in your career.

Access the latest research
Benefit from the latest evidence-based learning and approaches to great teaching and leadership. See how it can improve schools and change lives.


Enact positive change
Translate what you’ve learned on this programme to your own school context. We'll help you do this by providing models and examples that seek to make the link between theory and practice concrete.

Get peer-to-peer support
Learn from a network of like-minded peers and have the share insights with colleagues in your own school setting.

Benefits for your school or trust

Create a common knowledge base
NPQ qualifications are aligned, so you can have confidence that all your educators will share a common language and framework to develop your school or trust.

Support your leaders
Senior leaders will be given the tools to drill down into specific areas of leadership to improve their knowledge, make evidence-informed decisions and action positive change.

Learn from evidence
Senior Leaders will be introduced to evidence-informed practices straightaway. This will help them develop strategies to improve teaching and pupil performance at your school.

Make a leadership pipeline
The programme will help to identify future leaders and create a positive culture where teachers can develop and thrive.

Boost attainment
Studies show that high-quality continuous professional development can improve pupil outcomes almost as effectively as having a teacher with 10 years’ experience in the classroom.


What you'll learn
This programme follows the Department for Education’s National Professional Qualification: Senior Leadership Framework.

You will learn how to:
> Set clear goals and communicate shared values that improve the culture in your classrooms and school
> Establish a safe and positive environment for pupils
> Support colleagues to meet individual needs and make sure all pupils have access to a rich curriculum
> Lead school-wide professional development for staff
> Make and act on evidence-informed decisions
> Work well with parents, carers, other schools and the wider community
> Lead by example, be accountable for decisions and make sure colleagues know their responsibilities.

Note: programme content is subject to change.

How you’ll learn
The programme is delivered through blended learning. This includes a mix of face-to-face conferences, real-time, interactive online sessions and self-guided modules to complete in your own time. You'll put what you learn into practice in your school, tracking your progress and getting feedback as you go.

Note: The programme starts with a one day face to face conference at our Head Office in Stoke-on-Trent.



The assessment window starts at the end of the 18-month programme and runs for three months. During this time, you'll be given an eight-day window to sit an ‘open book’ style assessment in which you respond to a short case study.

There are two assessment windows every year, and you can sit the assessment twice, if needed.

You need to complete the course to qualify for the NPQ accreditation.

We will offer a webinar and live clinic in advance of the assessment window to support you.


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