We are part of the Sussex Cluster who are running the NPQH at Seahaven Academy, NPQSL at Midhurst Rother College and NPQML at Shoreham Academy

​The application window for all NPQs is open now using this link http://www.leadershipcolab.org.uk/ 


Or direct
NPQML: Application Form for NPQML
NPQSL:  Application Form for NPQSL


Please note that as a cluster we can offer NPQSL and NPQML at a reduced rate and if you are a UL school, we can offer the  NPQH at a reduced rate and the NPQSL and NPQML for free.





Welcome to the NPQSL Programme at Midhurst Rother College

It is built upon the following 6 areas of learning from the DfE.


SI            STRATEGY AND IMPROVEMENT                               
LI            LEADING WITH IMPACT                                              

Sessions will build on current research material infused into the activities. There will be articles to read, to consider how they resonate with current practice and to ascertain the learning from the research and how this will impact your role as a leader.

During each day there will be a short session where participants consider how the learning from the day will be applied in schools and thus how it will be incorporated into the assessment tasks. Along with this will be brief guidance on the assessment process and completion.

Programmes available/who they are for

  • This is a Leadership CoLab qualification available at the Midhurst Rother College (United Learning Sussex Cluster)
  • A certificate of completion will be issued to all participants completing the NPQSL
  • Full scholarship funds available for those in Category 5,6 and priority areas
  • To support with budget cuts, we provide a two-stage payment plan for schools
  • The programmes are 18 months long, completion date: March 2021

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

This qualification provides national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a senior leader in a school.  

It's expected that you not only have responsibility for leading a team, but you're also involved in a range of activities that affect the whole school organisation. 

This programme is for:

  • senior leaders or those about to take on a substantive senior leader role with whole-school responsibilities
  • deputy/assistant heads who aren't aspiring to headship at this stage of their career
  • special education needs coordinators (SENCOs) and advanced skills teachers (ASTs) who are looking for professional development, but not aspiring to headship at this stage

NPQSL: 5 full-day Face 2 Face modules:

Session 1: Succeeding in Senior Leadership
Session 2: Leading Learning & Teaching
Session 3: Leading with Impact
Session 4: Leading Effective Partnerships
Session 5: Leading Strategically

You will also complete a school improvement project of your choice in your own school.
To apply go to:


Further Information

United Learning will cover the costs for all United Learning participants. For those participants outside of United Learning, attending the Sussex Cluster at Midhurst Rother College will entail a reduction in the original cost of the programme- please see the flyer

Please email sarah.jessop@mrc-academy.org for further information.


NPQSL- November 2019 – March 2020


NPQSL- Midhurst Rother College




Wednesday 6 Nov

Succeeding in Senior Leadership


Thursday 5 Dec

Leading Learning and Teaching


Wednesday 15 Jan

Leading with Impact


Thursday 6 Feb

Leading Effective Partnerships


Wednesday 4 Mar

Leading Strategically


*Completion of a school based project


*All sessions run from 9am – 3pm

** Lunch and refreshments provided throughout the day. Please advise of any dietary needs when your place is confirmed.








United Teaching

Train to Teach

COVID-19 update: We are still accepting applications for United Teaching and have moved our entire assessment process online to accommodate this. We're also running online introductory sessions for anyone interested in teacher training - you can find out more and sign up here.

United Teaching is the teacher training programme for United Learning.

We offer you the opportunity to train while you teach, so you can get the teaching qualifications you need without going back to university. You can train for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on its own, or you can go for a PGCE as well, earning 60 Masters-level credits along the way.

Training with United Teaching gives you real teaching exposure in a choice of schools across the country. We will support you with subject specialists and dedicated mentors from over 80 of our schools nationwide.

About the Course

We offer an immersive programme starting with a two-week summer school in August. You will then spend your training year in your host school with additional training one afternoon each week. Assessment will continue throughout the course, based on your classroom experience and achievement measured against the Teaching Standards, while your PGCE study will consist of two academic assignments, assessed by Goldsmiths, University of London.

In your NQT year, you will continue to receive training, mentoring and professional development opportunities. Our NQTs benefit from twilight training sessions, mentor visits and additional subject-specific support from the Prince's Teaching Institute.

Click here to find out more

The school is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB. Tel: 01832 864 444

Financial Accountability and Freedom of Information
Website Terms, Cookies and Privacy

United Learning