National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

The NPQSL is a professional qualification providing recognition of leadership development and professional achievement.  It will support you in developing the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to be a highly effective senior leader, contributing to the strategic development of your school as part of the senior leadership team.

Who is it for?                                           

The qualification is suitable for those in a leadership role with cross-school responsibilities such as experienced middle leaders, deputy heads, SENCO’s and advanced skills teachers, who are looking for professional development, but not aspiring to headship at this stage in their career.

Course Overview

NPQSL is a qualification within the National College’s Leadership Curriculum. It is assessed and awarded by the National College and is successfully delivered in a local cluster by the East Kent Learning Alliance (EKLA).

To successfully complete the NPQSL qualification you will need to complete two essential and two elective modules, giving you the freedom to specialise and develop your areas of interest.  Participants will complete an in-school project to address a school improvement priority.

Each module is designed to support you in your workplace, and involves up to 50 hours of blended learning which includes face-to-face days, action research projects, reading, reflection and online learning.  The programme can be completed between 6-18 months. 

The support of a mentor from your school is essential to enable you to make the most of the programme.

When you join the EKLA NPQSL programme you will benefit from:

•  Working with serving school leaders and experienced programme leads

•  Access to online courses throughout the programme

•  Induction and preparation for assessment support 

•  Local face to face learning venues


Participants have said this about EKLA’s cluster delivery:


Superb facilitators – challenging and motivating”

“Has given me new strategies I can develop in school”

“My Head has noticed the impact”

EKLA is able to offer the programme through a local cluster at a reduced price to schools of £1050 per person, compared to a cost of £1,330 RRP.

Course Fees

The EKLA fees for the NPQSL £1,050 (RRP £1,330)

KAH Scholarships below are available for participants from schools in Swale, Canterbury and Thanet. 


KAH Scholarships

Course fee payable to EKLA by Schools

Primary Schools with 100 pupils or less pupils



Secondary Schools with 500 or less pupils



Primary Schools with 101-250 pupils



Primary Schools with more than 250 pupils



Secondary Schools with more than 500 pupils



If you are interested in undertaking the NPQSL programme with EKLA, applications for Cohort 9 - Easter 2017 are now open.  

If you would like to be sent further information and an application form, please contact us.

Closing date for applications is 16th January 2017.

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