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NPQ for Senior Leadership

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership

A qualification that provides national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a senior leader.

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is aimed at senior leaders, including experienced middle leaders, deputy heads, SENCOs and other senior staff looking for further professional development at this stage in their career. This programme is a good stepping stone towards NPQH for those aspiring to headship.

We have 10 years’ experience in the delivery of NPQSL and have an outstanding success rate with 98% of submissions to final assessment awarded the qualification. We now work with the Five Counties Teaching School Hubs Alliance to recruit widely, from mainstream schools and academies at all phases, as well as from special schools, alternative provisions and from the independent sector.

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Key Information

  • ProgrammeNPQSL
    Duration8 modules taught over a 12 month period
    LocationCLF Institute, Russell Town Avenue, Bristol  Find Us
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  • £1250

    Includes twelve 2-hour sessions and all assessment fees, plus an invite to the CLF Summer Conference and Talking Leaders conferences

  • If you are interested in taking part in this programme, or would like some further information. Please contact the Institute team who will be happy to help.

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Course Structure

Our senior leadership programme is delivered by experienced facilitators with contributions from current executive leaders. We offer 14 online sessions, each two hours long, addressing all curriculum content and assessment framework requirements. Participants have access to online materials via our VLE and support from our dedicated NPQ team of deliverers and administrators.
  • Pre and post course 360
  • Induction session
  • Pre and post session online tasks, readings, work-based activities and reflection.
  • Each session integrates delivery of assessment outcomes and learning behaviours
  • Final Assessment Preparation Workshop


  • Session 1
  • Session 2 & 3 - Core content
    Strategy & Improvement
  • Session 4 & 5 - Core content
    Teaching & Curriculum Excellence
  • Session 6 & 7 - Core content
    Leading with Impact
  • Session 8 & 9 - Core content
    Working in Partnership
  • Session 10 & 11 - Core content
    Managing Resources & Risks
  • Session 12 & 13 - Core content
    Increasing Capability
  • Session 14
    Assessment workshop
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the course which closed the gap between middle leadership and senior leadership.”

    NPQSL Delegate