Please note that applications for this iteration of NPQs are now closed - we hope to have news about the new suite of NPQs after Easter. If you are interested in studying an NPQ with us in the future then please Register for Updates

Who is it for?

NPQSL is designed for those who are, or are aspiring to become a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities, for example

  • An experienced middle leader
  • A deputy headteacher
  • An assistant headteacher
  • A senior member of staff such as a Teaching School director

If delivered face to face the programme requires 4 full days out of school. If delivered online it requires 8 shorter online sessions (with an option for these to be completed outside of school hours). 

Assessment - NPQSL

The assessment for the programme involves running an improvement project in your school which lasts at least two terms. This initiative must be aimed at reducing variation in pupil progress and attainment, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching.

During your programme you will build a portfolio demonstrating how your project meets the assessment criteria. This will be submitted at the end of your programme. Our support and guidance will help you achieve this.

Once submitted, your work will be assessed against the Department for Education (DfE) criteria for the award of your NPQSL.

Assessment - NPQSL with 20 Masters' credits

You can opt to have your NPQSL work assessed against both the DfE and Newcastle University criteria to achieve Masters' credits as well as your NPQSL.

NPQSL with 20 Masters' credits incurs an additional cost of £200*. If you achieve the Masters' credits you can subsequently complete the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Educational Leadership at Newcastle University next academic year. The cost of the remaining module of the PGCert is £1500*.

*This cost is for 2020/21, it may change in future years

Blended Learning

Our curriculum model incorporates a range of different types of study.

◆ Workplace Learning ◆ Face-to-face CPD ◆ Structured Reflection ◆ Online Learning ◆ 360° Diagnostic Tool ◆ High Quality Resources Designed for Senior Leaders ◆

Leadership Behaviours

We have designed the programme to help you develop the following leadership behaviours.

◆ Commitment ◆ Personal Drive ◆ Collaboration ◆ Resilience ◆ Awareness ◆ Integrity ◆ Respect ◆

Content Areas

The programme covers the following content areas appropriate to senior leadership:

◆ Strategy and Improvement ◆ Teaching and Curriculum Excellence ◆ Leading with Impact ◆ Working in Partnership ◆ Managing ◆ Resources and Risks ◆ Increasing Capability ◆