National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

Outwood Institute of Education is delighted to be a provider of the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership!

You may be an experienced middle leader ready to take the next step in your career, or you may have just taken that step up to senior leadership. The NPQSL will provide you with the support and knowledge you need, to fulfil your role. The modules have been designed for those who are taking on greater responsibilities and need to become more accountable. Some of the modules may be useful for Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs).

Why National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership?

The NPQSL teaches you to develop, improve and sustain high quality teaching within your team, whilst maintaining cross school responsibilities.

The NPQSL helps you to explore your style of leadership and provides you with the guidance on how you can apply it to address school improvements. You’ll learn about:

• Leadership in different contexts and professions, particularly in relation to senior leadership
• The characteristics of highly effective leadership
• The importance of emotional intelligence
• How adults learn and using diagnostic tools
• Your own leadership, including your strengths and weaknesses
• Strategies for effective professional development
• How to create and sustain a positive working culture


Why Outwood Institute of Education?

At OIE we believe that children come first and everything we do underpins this key focus, including how we deliver our NPQ courses.

All our courses are delivered by serving school leaders, who all have a proven record of success and all our evaluations to date have been outstanding. We blend the theory of leadership with practical learning, as we know this leads to improved outcomes for both you and for the children.

You will be taught in a learning environment at Outwood Grange Academy, Outwood Conference Centre Doncaster and, where possible, at locations close to your home. With over 20, cross-phase schools, in Yorkshire, your training, and fellow participants, will represent this diversity.

At OIE we are committed to your future development. When you finish your NPQSL we are always on hand to provide you with leadership support. We offer a wide range of high quality CPD to ensure you can continue your professional development.

We have built a relationship with Sheffield Hallam University to allow you to gain Credits and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points, which contribute towards a Master’s degree.



The programme costs £1,200 exc. VAT for schools who are not members of the Outwood Institute of Education. If you are a member of OIE the cost is reduced to £1,120 exc. VAT

Both of these prices are below the recommended retail price.

The final assessment is undertaken by additional EMLC and fees are payable to them for this (currently £440). Please visit their website to confirm (



The modules will address issues you may face as a senior leader, including:
• school and cross school responsibilities
• operational and management tasks
• tensions between being a classroom teacher and senior leader
• transition from middle leadership

Your essential modules look at managing operational and strategic responsibilities, and closing the gaps that exist between particular groups of pupils. The modules will explore how you can address these issues at a whole-school level, right through to developing a school-wide initiatives led by you and your fellow senior leaders.

Module Exemptions

Exemptions from one elective module are available for applicants who have successfully completed one of the following programmes in the last 3 years:

• Leadership Pathways (LP) Programme
• Tomorrow’s Heads (THds) Programme
• Post Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Educational Leadership.

Applicants who have successfully completed a Higher Degree in Educational Leadership can request exemption from up to two elective modules.


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