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The NPQSL is an accredited leadership qualification for senior leaders, or those with leadership experience who are seeking opportunities for career progression.


Delivery Format

This year our NPQSL offer will be delivered remotely. Participants will be able to engage with a range of online self-learning materials written by LLSE facilitators via the LLSE online learning platform (Moodle). Suggested dates will be set for accessing these materials and will be followed by virtual live discussion sessions led by Ksent school leaders where participants will be offered the opportunity to discuss their learning and its implementation. These live discussions will form a mandatory part of the course and must be attended.


The CLASS NPQSL Programme includes:

  • A virtual Induction Twilight for you and your coach, to fully understand the requirements of the programme and journey to Final Assessment

  • Online entry Leadership Diagnostic that identifies development areas through feedback from colleagues

  • An online package of 3 days of self-directed study

  • Online access to the most recent school leadership research to support your development as a leader

  • A virtual Final Assessment Twilight to fully prepare you for your assessment submission

  • Access to the LLSE Professional Learning Community

  • Ongoing in-school coach/mentor support to link learning to your in-school role

  • Access to the highly commended LLSE support team throughout the programme


Leading with Impact:

  • Lead, motivate, and influence others, including beyond the line management chain, to deliver whole-school objectives.

  • Develop a communications plan that promotes or defends the school’s performance, policies or decisions effectively.

Teaching and Curriculum Excellence:

  • Use a range of techniques to gather evidence on teaching quality and the impact of interventions across a school.

  • Reduce variation within the school and against comparative schools by improving pupil progress, attainment and behaviour.

  • Develop and maintain a rich, high-quality school curriculum.

Increasing Capability:

  • Identify excellent professional development practice.

  • Identify talent within an organisation and put in place arrangements or tools to develop and retain it.

  • Design professional development strategies, which engage all staff (including new/recently qualified teachers) and anticipate future professional development needs.

School Strategy and Improvement:

  • Analyse performance data to identify the causes of variation within a school and against comparative data.

  • Ensure data collected is necessary, proportionate and manageable for staff.

  • Work with the governing board effectively to identify and agree approaches to school priorities.

  • Design and implement sustainable change across a school.

Working in Partnership:

  • Identify a range of local and national partners that can support school improvement.

  • Put in place systems, processes or structures, which facilitate knowledge transfer and shared best practice within and beyond the school.

  • Identify the most effective partnerships for improving pupil progress.

Managing Resources and Risks:

  • Deploy resources across a school effectively and efficiently to deliver school priorities (for example, in relation to the use of Pupil Premium funding).

  • Monitor the use of resources across a school, identifying opportunities and pressures (for example, in relation to teacher workload).

  • Systematically identify, manage and mitigate risks to the school, its pupils and staff.

Final Assessment

The final assessment is submitted to an external assessor. The assessment comprises of a project style submission detailing your development as a leader throughout the programme. You will create a 5,000-word report based on your project where you will work across your school to:

  1. Reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment

  2. Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching.

Your school-based coach and sponsor will also be required to contribute by verifying your submission and supporting with further evidence. You will be able to choose a window for your assessment within a 16-month timescale. 

Application Process:

In order to apply for a place on the NPQSL potential candidates will need to complete a course specific application form. LLSE will then review applications to ensure they meet the requisite requirements.

To book a place please complete the appropriate application form and send it to:





Important information regarding changes to the NPQSL

The DfE has announced changes to the NPQ accreditation that will come into force from September 2021. After this date a range of new NPQ qualifications will be available. This will be the last cohort to run under the current guidance. For this reason, all participants will be expected to complete their final assessment by no later than May 2022, Although participants will have the option to submit earlier. Taught seminars for the NPQSL will commence in January 2021 giving participants 16 months to complete their assessment. The May 2022 submission deadline is final and cannot be changed. After May 2022 it will not be possible for participants to submit, or resubmit NPQ assessments.


More information about the upcoming changes to the NPQ qualifications can be found here:


Closing date for applications: 25 November 2020