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Paragon Alliance

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

2018 - 2019

Are you eligible for a fully-funded place?

“Since starting the NPQSL I have found that the programme has not only developed my leadership but it is getting the best out of the school’s middle leaders that I manage. This is because my understanding of leadership has raised my expectations of them as leaders and they are rising to the challenge.”

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is a national qualification that provides recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a senior leader. It is designed to support participants in becoming highly effective senior leaders with the skills, confidence and knowledge to contribute to the strategic development of the school as part of the senior leadership team.

We intend to offer these National Programmes with Leadership East. Facilitator Lynette Whyte

What is the NPQSL programme?

To successfully achieve the qualification, participants will need to complete two Essential and two Elective modules (chosen from a wide range of options). Included in the cost of the programme is the following:

• Online materials for the two Essential modules and one Elective module;

• One face to face training day for each module;

• Online discussions and support;

• Peer group meetings or support sessions from your mentor;

• A 360-degree diagnostic development tool with full report and workbook to support planning for your development;

• Assessment;

• Support available beyond face to face sessions to assist with assessment;

• Optional professional coaching.

What modules can I study?

Essential Modules

• Closing the Gap

• Succeeding in Senior Leadership

Elective Modules

• Improving the quality of teaching

• Research and development in teaching

• Effective whole school management

• School self-evaluation

• Leading professional development

• Leading change for improvement

• Leading in a diverse system

• Effective partnership working

Each module requires a maximum of between 40 - 50 hours of blended learning. You will also receive a face-to-face training day for each module, access to online discussions and support, peer group meetings or support sessions from your mentor, and access to our 360degree diagnostic tool.

Where will the programme be held?

Phoenix School Orton Malborne, Peterborough. PE2 5QA

Who is this programme suitable for?

NPQSL is suitable for:

• Deputy or assistant heads

• Experienced senior and middle leaders

• Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)

• Those with responsibility for supporting other schools

• Senior leaders working in schools and academics who

are not qualified teachers (for example bursars, HR officers)

Dates and Venue






21st November 2018


Phoenix Orton Malborne, Peterborough PE2 5QA


13th March 2019


Phoenix Orton Malborne, Peterborough PE2 5QA


8th May 2019


Phoenix Orton Malborne, Peterborough PE2 5QA


If you register as an individual, NPQSL is available at a cost of £950

Are you eligible for a fully-funded place?

Funds of £10 million have been set aside by government in order to support teachers and leaders in challenging areas to access the National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) for Middle Leaders (NPQML), Senior Leaders (NPQSL), Headteachers (NPQH) and Executive Leaders (NPQEL).

We are able to offer fully-funded places on the NPQs to those applicants working in a school in an Opportunity Area (OA) or a Category 5 or 6 area. Anyone in these areas who do not already hold the NPQ for which they are applying and has not previously dropped out before completing it may apply.

PLEASE NOTE: All funding is subject to DfE approval. Where funding is not awarded for any reason an invoice will be issued for the programme to the invoice details provided.

For more information and  to apply, visit:

Cluster name: Paragon TSA   Cluster code: NPQSL3-COS-PARA1

Booking link

You will need to apply through Leadership East and register through the Paragon website below


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