North East Teaching Schools Partnership

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Note that this qualification is currently under review nationally. The information below shows how the current programme is delivered. You can register your interest by filling in the short application form. NPQSL Application form. As soon as we have information regarding future cohorts we will then get in touch with you


This qualification is intended for senior leaders who have significant cross school responsibilities, including experienced middle leaders, assistant heads, special educational needs co-ordinators and specialist leaders of education. The qualification will also benefit senior staff looking for further professional development but not necessarily aspiring to headship at this stage in their career. Please get in touch if you have any questions about whether or not this is the right programme for you. To achieve the qualification you will need to complete 2 essential and 2 elective modules from the following selection:




Succeeding in senior Leadership

This module will consider the significance of leadership across the school and explore motivations and behaviours that leaders bring to their role, including values and beliefs. Participants will look at how they apply their leadership in the workplace to address school improvement priorities.

Closing the gap

This module will teach participants how to close gaps in achievement and attainment that can occur across specific groups of pupils, particularly addressing the needs of disadvantaged pupils, including those entitled to free school meals. The module considers how leaders can identify gaps, diagnose causes and address within-school variation (eg differences in performance by teachers with similar groups of pupils). Evidence drawn from research will be used to demonstrate which pupils perform least well nationally and why.



Improving the quality of teaching

In this module participants will review the international research evidence about leading and improving teaching. The module will look at how to improve teaching and learning across the school through the development and implementation of school-wide policies, models of teaching and approaches to evaluating pupil progress.

Effective whole school management

This module focuses on the senior leader's role in the effective management of the school, with an emphasis on curriculum, managing performance, behaviour, finances, health, safety and welfare. Through module content and activities, senior leaders will be supported in strengthening their management in relation to these aspects.

School self evaluation

Through this module participants will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to undertake whole-school self evaluation and understand its links to strategic planning and managing performance. Participants will understand how to use evidence collected from self evaluation to make accurate judgements about a school's strengths and areas for improvement.

Effective partnership working

This module focuses on how leaders develop successful partnerships with pupils, parents, governors, other schools and the wider school community and how to capitalise on these partnerships to improve outcomes for pupils.

Leading professional development

This module will enable leaders to know how to design and implement a strategy for professional development which engages all staff and supports colleagues' leadership development in order to improve quality of teaching, learning and outcomes for pupils. They will understand how professional development can enable staff to perform at their best.

Research and development in teaching

This module will enable senior leaders to understand how to promote and lead research and development within and between schools. It will explore critical issues in 21st century teaching and learning and how research and development can help to address these.

Leading in a diverse system

This module focuses on the significance of context and the unique features of particular contexts such as free schools and academies. The modules will consider how differences in context affect the nature, direction and type of leadership. Leaders will have the opportunity to explore how the context they work in has a direct impact on their team and on classroom practice. The importance of engaging with both the internal and external school communities in order to share expertise and secure system wide improvement is covered.

Leading change for improvement

This module will teach participants the essential knowledge linked to leading change in practice. Building on Michael Fullan's research work and using one of his analytical tools, participants will develop their own knowledge to help them lead change in their school as a senior leader.


All modules will be supported by National College online activities and resources.
Following a 360 leadership assessment, your pathway through the programmes will be planned on the induction day with the programme facilitators. In addition to online access to materials you will be part of a regional online community to debate and learn with your peers. It is expected that each module requires around 50 hours of time commitment. This includes module delivery (10 hours), workplace learning, reading, reflection and online learning. You should expect to require five full days out of school over the academic year.


It is possible to request an exemption from part of this course, based on completion of previous National College courses or certain postgraduate qualifications. You can learn more information about these on the National College website.


Final assessment

The final assessment process (this part of the course is administered by a specialist provider, not NETSP) will enable you to demonstrate that you can deliver successful and sustainable whole school improvement in your own school setting and that you can use the experience to reflect upon and improve your own leadership competencies. It comprises one assessed task drawn from your work in school.


The recommended retail price for the NPQSL programme is £1400. Our offer of £850 includes a substantial discount and final assessment costs, with the exceptions below.


Further discounts are available to schools and academies under a cluster arrangement. For more information about this, please contact


Non-maintained schools, independent schools and schools from outside England will need to pay for the assessment element of the programme (£440)



The programme will enable you to become a highly effective senior leader and begin to prepare you for a future NPQH application. Modules are delivered in locations across the region.


How do I apply?

the NPQSL programme is currently under review. Please register your interest by filling in the short application form. NPQSL Application form. As soon as we have information regarding future cohorts we will then get in touch with you.

If you have any queries please email


When would I start?

The next scheduled start is expected to be October 2017.
Modules are usually delivered more than once across the region so if you miss one there will be an alternative for you.



6-12 months


The programme will be delivered by the North East Teaching Schools Partnership
NETSP consists of Teaching Schools from different parts of the region and Newcastle University. The Programme Co-ordinator is Dr. Anna Reid, Deputy Director of the North Leadership Centre at Newcastle University. (


NETSP is proud to be rated GOLD in leadership and management, and quality of provision by National College for Teaching and Leadership.

North East Teaching Schools Partnership
School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
Newcastle University,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

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