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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 whole-school responsibilities e.g. an experienced middle leader, a deputy headteacher, an assistant headteacher, 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 is being taught by Laura Pease, Principal of Whitefield School 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.