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*New* National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

Welcome to the new NPQSL Programme. 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 (UL) Cluster:

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 follow this link:


Further Information

United Learning will cover the costs for all United Learning participants. For those participants outside of United Learning, attending the cluster at Midhurst Rother College will entail a 60% reduction in the original cost of the programme.

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

Sept 2018 – March 2019



Date   Module          Facilitators

Wednesday 7 Nov


Succeeding in Senior Leadership


Thursday 6 Dec


Leading Learning and Teaching


Wednesday   16 Jan


Leading with Impact


Thursday 7 Feb


Leading Effective Partnerships


Wednesday 6 Mar

Leading Strategically


*Completion of a school based project


* All sessions run from 10am – 3pm
** Lunch and refreshments provided throughout the day. Please advise of any dietary needs when your place is confirmed.

Our cluster is United Learning (Midhurst Rother College) and applicants should look for this name.




Midhurst Rother College and the United teaching Alliance), UCL (The Institute of Education) and Leadership Colab, working together to improve leadership in our schools

Information for schools on the National Professional Qualifications

What is the National Professional Qualification?

It is a nationally recognised qualification that is standardised across the whole country. It is based on the development of key leadership competencies, which are progressive as participants move up the levels to Headship. All participants, depending upon the level, have to do a school improvement project with a team, or across the whole school showing the development of the competencies. This is supported by the face-to-face time and online learning.

The NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders) is a level 2 professional qualification and follows on from the Level 1 NPQML (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders) – details of who may be suitable for each are contained within the leaflet from UCL (attached with this)

Why choose these qualifications for my staff or myself?

The national qualification ensures a high quality of delivery and assessment. Due to the range of self-directed learning it shows employers that the person is highly motivated and willing to engage in their own learning to develop themselves in or for a role as a leader. Participants grow and develop on these programmes, showing impact and sustainability through the work they need to undertake. High quality leaders improve the life chances for children and young people in our schools.

What is Leadership Colab?

It is a school led license, working with the expertise of UCL (the IOE), to deliver the national professional qualifications for heads, senior and middle leaders. It delivers at the IOE and in clusters across the three regions in which we work: London, the South East and the East. Midhurst Rother College is one of these clusters delivering locally at senior leadership level.

Why work with Leadership Colab and the Midhurst Rother College?

  • A local cluster gives you local expertise, with an ability to succession plan future leadership developments.
  • Access to high quality face-to-face sessions facilitated by school leaders who are based in active service in schools.
  • A local cluster will be able to develop their own unique aspects to the programme to fit the context of participating leaders.
  • Access to a diverse range of leaders across the regions through the online learning community; all phases, inner city, urban, rural, coastal , state, independent, academies, free schools giving excellent learning and networking opportunities.
  • All facilitators have been trained by the programme leaders at the IOE
  • Quality assurance through the IOE.
  • Access to a very intuitive online learning system that has increased functionality over other systems.
  • With the backup of the IOE, access to some of the top educationalists and their work
  • Working with the top university in the world for education.
  • Access to a significantly reduced rat: just £995 per person for the NPQSL – £270 cheaper than completing it with UCL (IoE) – and £795 per person for the NPQML - £200 cheaper than completing it with UCL (IoE)


Where is Midhurst Rother College?

Midhurst Rother College
North Street
West Sussex


Midhurst can be reached by mainline station at Haslemere from Waterloo and then a taxi journey to Midhurst.

How do I apply?

Full details can be found  the link http://www.lcll.org.uk/2018-npqsl-application-form---c3.html . Don’t forget to ensure that you apply to be part of the Midhurst Rother College (United Teaching Alliance) cluster.

The application window closes on September 14 2018





United Teaching

United Teaching is United Learning’s groundbreaking Initial Teacher Training Scheme, the UK’s first of its kind. Delivered in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London, our programme is designed to help you become the senior teacher you have the talent and passion to become. Here, teacher training is a path to leadership roles across the country.

We offer you the opportunity to train while you teach, so you can get the teaching qualifications you need without going back to university, and without delaying the start to your career. 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, a mentor system, a support network, professional qualifications, as well as continuous professional development throughout the duration of your career with United Learning.

About the Course

The course starts with a two-week summer school in August based in our lead and host schools. You will then spend your academic year in the host school with additional training one afternoon each week at the lead school, complete a second placement, and attend up to three conferences. Assessment will continue throughout the course, based on your classroom experience and achievement measured against the DFE Teaching Standards, while your academic PGCSE study will comprise of two academic assignments, assessed by Goldsmiths.

From day one, you could be teaching with a reduced timetable. There may even be an opportunity to join your school before September to work as a teaching assistant and gain more experience. By accessing our collective expertise and support, you’ll have the resources you need to teach by yourself. So expect to be a valued member of your teaching team, empowered to lead your own classes from the start, but with the backing you need from our network.

Your time with United Learning doesn't stop after a year. To us, teacher training is a path to a long-term career: our schools seek to employ our trainees after completion of the programme as Newly Qualified Teachers - with the potential for rapid promotion to middle and senior leadership in our schools or a Group-spanning position. Within just a couple of years or less, some of our trainees have gone on to become heads of year or faculty.

Through training with United Teaching, you would access:

  • Professional qualifications – every trainee works to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and you can also work towards a PGCE with 60 Master’s level credits;
  • World-class training led by outstanding schools, with sessions delivered by national educationalists;
  • Individual support and mentoring from our teachers of excellence;
  • A wide range of experience gained with your choice of primary, secondary, state and independent schools;
  • Competitive pay (when taking the salaried route);
  • Access to continuous professional development beyond your initial training period with the United Learning Institute;
  • A structured pathway throughout your career with us at United Learning.

At the heart of our success is our lead school: Paddington Academy. A  National Support School and judged outstanding, Paddington holds the Gold award for staff development and training and the results at GCSE have been amongst the best in the country for progress over the last five years. The staff who deliver the teacher training at Paddington are the very best classroom practitioners, with many training at Paddington themselves. Paddington Academy is supported by our Northern Hub school, Stockport Academy. Primary training is led by Guildford High School and Hanwell Fields Community School

Why train with us?

The answer is our guiding philosophy: the best in everyone. It enables us to set the standard for excellence in education that we expect in United Learning schools. Just as importantly, it brings out the best in you as a teacher. We value you, work with your talent and passion, and challenge and stretch you. Which means that together, we can provide genuinely excellent education. Our schools, leaders and colleagues progress. And our students leave us with the qualifications – and the character – that they need to succeed.

The environment we have created across United Learning matters too. Bringing out ‘the best in everyone’ starts with sharing: because by sharing resources, and by working together we can achieve more as a group than any single school could. It means you can draw on the expertise of peers, tutors and leaders alike. One person’s idea becomes everyone’s idea, and you fulfil your potential.

About United Learning

At United Learning we're an ambitious and growing group of junior and secondary, state and independent schools across England. Our focus is simple and unswerving – to provide an excellent education to all our pupils. We believe there should be no barriers to learning. Every child should be cherished and challenged to achieve their very best, in a stimulating and positive environment. We create the foundations for successful lives. Our schools share our sense of dedication, passion and integrity. And they share too our commitment to high quality teaching.

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