National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

Kent and Medway Region

Programme Cost is £849* per person**

 'NPQSL is for those individuals who not only have responsibility for leading a team, but are also involved in leading a range of issues that affect the whole school or organisation.This includes those who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilites e.g. a Director of a Teacher School Alliance (TSA).The qualification will support you in becoming a highly effective senior leader with the skills, confidence and knowledge to contribute to the strategic development of your school or organisation as part of the senior leadership team.The support of a 'coach' from your school, usually your line manager or Headteacher, is essential to enable you to make the most of the programme.You will tailor the programme to meet your particular priorities through your choice of in-school project and a 360 20q Diagnostic of your leadership skills which  will help you identify the areas you want to develop.' 


LLSE Central Group Dates: Next cohort is being planned

Induction :

Face to Face Day 1:

Face to Face Day 2 :  

Face to Face Day 3 :

Final Assessment Workshop : 

Closing date for applications -    

LLSE Central Group Application Form

The LLSE NPQSL Package Includes: 

  • Online entry and exit leadership diagnostics that identify development areas through self audit and feedback from colleagues
  • Induction Twilight for you and your coach, to fully understand the requirements of the programme and journey to Final Assessment
  • School-based Induction tasks to support your preparation for your in-school project
  • 3 Face-to-Face days facilitated by 2 experienced and LLSE trained Facilitators
  • Online self-directed study to link face-to-face learning with your current school role
  • Action Learning sets to gain experience of other school settings
  • Final Assessment workshop 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 

NPQ Curriculum Summary

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 schools.
  • 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

LLSE use EMLC as their NPQ assessment agent and works in partnership to ensure a clear and logical assessment process.  Participants may opt to submit for final assessment at any point within 12-18 months of starting the programme, However failure to submit within 18 months (without requesting a deferral) will result in accreditation from DfE not being awarded.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 5000 word report  based on your project where you will work across your school to :

a) reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment

b) 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.

 Please note

  • Should an assessment be returned as 'not ready', a re-assessment fee will be charged to your school
  • If the particpant fails to upload their assessment on the confirmed date a £75 cancellation fee will be invoiced to their school  


Applications via Local Providers now open

Find your local NPQSL Provider:  

Altius Teaching School Alliance (West Kent Area)

Ashford Teaching Alliance

Educant Teaching School Alliance (Canterbury Area)

East Kent Learning Alliance

Gravesham Learning Partnership

KaIzen Teaching School Alliance (West Kent Area)

Medway Teaching School Alliance

Tenterden Rural Alliance

Westlands Teaching School Alliance 

*KAH scholarships of £100 are available to participants from Canterbury and Swale

**Announcement - Category 5 and 6 Scholarships available to applications in the 2019/2020 financial year

For a limited period, participants from the following areas will receive full scholarships for any of the NPQ Programmes :

Ashford, Crawley, Gravesham, Hastings, Lewes, Medway and Thanet.

The DfE has recently confirmed that £10 million of the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) has been set aside to support teachers and leaders in challenging areas to access the reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

This funding will cover the full participant costs of the course for teachers working in an Opportunity Area or a priority area (defined by the DfE as a category 5 or 6 ‘Achieving Excellence’ area).

To be eligible for a scholarship, the participant must be:

Working in a school in one of the above areas or working in MATs or dioceses which cover those areas

Not already hold the NPQ for which they are applying

Not previously have dropped out before completing the NPQ for which they are applying.