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.







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