NPQSL is for individuals who are, or are aspiring to become, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities e.g. an experienced middle leader, a deputy Headteacher, or other senior staff. Click on the link to see the overview video.
Senior leaders with cross-school responsibilities (an experienced middle leader, a deputy head, SENCo, AST or senior leader looking for professional development but not aspiring for headship at this stage.
Contact us if you are not sure if you are eligible for this qualification.
Register for your place online. Applicants completing their programme application are asked to identify whether they have been recommended by a delivery partner. Please select West Herts Teaching School from the drop down list and then enter our ‘partner allocation code’. Partner allocation Code- WHTS
Registration is now open for Autumn 2018 and will close on 31st August 2018.
When completing the registration form you will need to know your teacher reference number (TRN) and your school URN, size and type. If you are unsure of your TRN then you can contact CAPITA on 01325 745000 and they will be able to provide this information. The school detail required can be found on the government schools database found here.
Once we receive a completed registration form we will contact your headteacher to request confirmation that they support your place. Once confirmation from your head is received we will email you to confirm your place on the qualification.
Delivery covers a 12 month period with the expectation that candidates will submit for final assessment within 18 months. During this time you will:
- Undertake four face-to-face sessions spread throughout the course duration
- Complete four supported online courses
- Attend regular online web conferencing for support throughout the qualification
- Be supported by a nominated in-school mentor
- Undertake a number of learning visits
The qualification has a flexible, modular structure that combines core modules with the freedom to specialise and develop candidates’ own professional areas of interest through the choice of an elective module. Modules cover three learning areas:
- Educational excellence
- Operational management
- Strategic leadership
All modules focus on improving the effectiveness of leadership practice and consist of workplace learning and practice activities; face-to-face workshops and online learning. Candidates will have the opportunity to:
- Access high-quality learning materials and look at accounts of practice from outstanding leaders
- Reflect on their own leadership through discussion and debate with peers
- Put theory into practice and continue to improve their own leadership in order to have a greater impact within their institution
Activities within modules have been designed to stimulate and challenge thinking, build knowledge, skills and expertise, and promote change and improvement in leadership behaviours, capability and capacity.
The NPQSL final assessment process has been designed to enable candidates to demonstrate they can deliver successful and sustainable school improvement in their school setting, and can use the experience to reflect upon and improve their leadership competencies.
The final assessment process will comprise two assessed tasks drawn from a candidate’s work in their school in which they lead at a team level for an extended period, on a school improvement priority. The school improvement tasks will include written evidence/appropriate documentation submitted by the candidate and further evidence/verification from their sponsor and Headteacher.
£1250 per person
* Final assessment activity will be funded for all candidates from English state-maintained schools and academies.