This level has been developed for those leading beyond a team at a senior level within an organisation. It covers areas that are relevant to participants with responsibilities and accountabilities which are traditionally associated with senior leadership roles (e.g. deputy or assistant head). The modules may also be appropriate to a Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) who has responsibility for supporting other schools. The modules will also be suitable for experienced middle leaders who are ambitious for and keen to take up a senior leadership role.
NPQSL – new from September 2017
The DFE’s vision is for an education system that drives social mobility, ensuring that every child and young person can access a high quality education, regardless of location, prior attainment, and background. After the quality of teaching, it is the quality of school leadership that is the most important educational determinant of pupils’ success. Excellent school leaders at all levels are critical to ensuring that every child can unlock their full potential.
The DFE has reformed the NPQs to better prepare leaders for the range of leadership roles in today’s school system. The new NPQs are due to commence in September 2017. The DFE will be announcing the organisations accredited to deliver the new qualifications after the general election on 08th June.
Learners First are taking ‘registrations of interest’ from school leaders wishing to start on the new NPQ programmes (NPQML, NPQSL, NPQH) from September 2017. To register your interest, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, school, local authority and the programme you are interested in. Learners First will contact you after the DFE has announced its new providers.
For 2016/17, NPQSL with Learners First costs £1,120. This price includes the cost of *assessment (paid for by the DFE) for those starting on the programme before 31st January 2017.
*You’ll also need to pay £440 for your final assessment if you apply from either:- an independent or non-maintained school OR a school outside England
The normal duration of study is 12 months.
You’ll need to complete 2 essential modules, 2 further modules of your choice and a final assessment.
Each module requires up to 50 hours of learning, including:
- around 20 hours of practical learning in your school
- face-to-face peer and facilitated learning
- reading and reflection
- online learning
NPQSL modules are delivered under license by the National College of Teaching and Leadership
Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others
~ Jack Welch, CEO General Electric 1981-2001
Senior Leaders have now chosen to undertake the nationally accredited NPQSL with Learners First since 2012.