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The National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership is for those  who are, or are aspiring to become a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities e.g. an experienced middle leader, a deputy head teacher, an assistant head teacher, or other senior staff e.g. a Director of a Teaching School Alliance (TSA).

The course at Whitefield is tailored exclusively for those looking to lead in special schools and the 2018/2019 course will be taught by Laura Pease, Principal of Whitefield Schools and Alan Campbell, Headteacher of Cambridge School – a special needs secondary school in Shepherd’s Bush.

Curriculum Framework

The curriculum framework is built around six content areas and seven leadership behaviours, all of which are common to each level of NPQ, enabling leaders to develop the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience progressively through the levels:

The six content areas set out what a leader should know or be able to do: 

  • Managing Resources and Risks
  • Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
  • Strategy and Improvement 
  • Leading with Impact
  • Working in Partnership
  • Increasing Capability

The seven leadership behaviours focus on how the best leaders operate: 

  • Commitment 
  • Collaboration 
  • Resilience
  • Personal Drive
  • Awareness
  • Respect
  •  Integrity    

Face-to-face and in the classroom

The NPQSL programme users a blended learning format. It  includes 5 days of face-to-face teaching:

  • Day 1    Succeeding in Senior Leadership
  • Day 2    Leading Learning and Teaching
  • Day 3    Leading with Impact
  • Day 4    Leading Effective Partnerships
  • Day 5    Leading Strategically

as well as workplace learning and practice activities, peer and facilitated learning, reading, structured reflection, online learning and a 360 diagnostic assessment.

To apply

The course costs £1,010 and the deadline for applications for the course starting in the autumn term is Monday 24th September.

You can apply online through UCL's Leader Colb site, here 

For further information contact 

Tel: 020 7612 6515


Francis Bence at Whitefield Schools : 
Tel:  020 8531 3426


Monday 24th September
Tel: (+44) 207 612 6515