This programme is for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.
The programme aims to help you and your school by:
- Supporting your professional development through evidence-informed seminars and workshops
- Working alongside other aspiring senior leaders to support the development of peer learning
- Developing you as a leader with responsibility for cross-school and/or whole-school responsibility such as teaching, behaviour and professional development
- Supporting the succession of school leaders and building a cohesive, impact-focused school leadership team.
This is a 21-month programme involving 18 months’ delivery through seminar workshops and self-directed on-line learning and up to three months for assessment. The programme will give participants the essential knowledge, skills and concepts underpinning the successful senior leadership. It will do so through exploring the following content modules based on the DfE’s NPQ frameworks:
- School culture
- Curriculum and assessment
- Additional and special needs
- Professional development
- Organisational management
- Working in partnership with governance and accountability.
- Evidence-based on-line content using Teach First materials exploring each of the content modules
- Seminars providing you with an opportunity for peer learning and the consolidation of learning within each of the content modules
- Two face-to-face conferences to provide further opportunity for peer learning combined with expert input from specialist practitioners.
Teachers and leaders employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded organisations in England that offer education to 16–19-year-olds, will be able to access DfE funded training scholarships for all NPQs. This funding will be available for the next two years, to support participants undertaking NPQs in 22/23 and 23/24.
Organisations eligible to access funded training scholarships include:
- independent special schools.
- virtual schools (Local Authority run organisations that support the education of children in care).
- hospital schools not already included in other categories of eligible organisations.
- young offender institutions.
In addition, the DfE are introducing additional payments to small schools, to enable them to support their teachers and leaders to undertake NPQs. This Targeted Support Fund will give a grant payment of £200 per participant to settings with 1-600 pupils, for every teacher or leader they employ who participates in an NPQ. Organisations that are eligible for NPQ scholarships will also be eligible for targeted support funding, with the exception of non-school based early years settings (group-based providers and childminders), virtual schools, hospital schools not already included in other categories of eligible organisations, and young offender institutions.
If your school is not eligible for DfE scholarship funding, the cost for the NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is £1,045.