Leading Impact - NPQSL

Improve your practice and develop on your journey to senior leadership.
For existing senior leaders and middle leaders aspiring to leadership with whole school responsibility.

We have drawn on our experience of training leaders for challenging schools to develop a stimulating and engaging programme. We are the only NPQSL provider which focuses on closing the achievement gap.

The cost of the course is:

  • £1,500, payable by either you or your school 
  • £440, payable to The East Midlands Learning Centre (EMLC) for your final assessment (assessment cost is subject to change)

The course includes: 

  • 40+ hours of face-to-face workshops
  • 360 report for targeting development areas
  • Delivery by exceptional facilitators who have delivered impact in challenging schools
  • Maximum of 30 participants per session
  • National College for Teaching and Leadership accredited qualification on successful completion
Current courses

Please click here for programmes starting in 2016. Please apply here.


Assessment for qualification is measured against the National College competencies, the impact delivered in school, and the completion of course elements.

Once the course is complete, trainees will apply to the assessing body EMLC to submit their work. Successful assessment will result in the National College accredited NPQSL qualification.

Leading Impact - NPQSL is a non-selective programme.

Our only requirement is that you have the full support of your school in order to attend the workshops and complete the required in-school work.

Please click here for programmes starting in 2016.

  • What is the NPQSL programme?

    A National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is an indication that the individual has completed a programme tackling the necessary knowledge and skills for school senior leadership.

  • What are the benefits to completing NPQSL?

    NPQSL programmes are an opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge that you need to be a senior leader. Furthermore, in a challenging job market, a National College accredited qualification could be a way to show your preparation and commitment to senior leadership. 

  • Are there any qualifications I need to complete before NPQSL?

    No. Our only requirement is that you have the full support of your school in order to attend the workshops and complete the required in-school work.

  • What makes Leading Impact - NPQSL different from other NPQSL programmes?

    We have designed seven days of workshops for Leading Impact - NPQSL, drawing on our experience of training high-impact senior leaders for challenging schools. We are the only provider focused on this specialism, and with additional content specific to the context of challenging schools.

    A further benefit of enrolling on Leading Impact - NPQSL is the opportunity to apply to join our network of outstanding leaders working to close the achievement gap.

  • What does Leading Impact - NPQSL involve?

    NPQSL - Leading Impact involves seven days of facilitated training sessions in the key topics associated with senior leadership in challenging schools. All of our training sessions will be delivered by two facilitators and we will limit group sizes to a maximum of 30.

    A 360 degree feedback tool will be used to help our trainees to identify their areas for development. 

  • How long is the programme?

    There are seven days of workshops over the course of a year. There is also preparation reading and post-session reading, as well as reflective tasks and online assignments that are also a part of the programme.

    You are expected to gain your qualification within 12 months of enrolling, though it will be possible for you to complete it earlier if you wish.

  • What topics will be covered?

    Leading Impact - NPQSL covers the key challenges that we know to be part of successful school leadership. Challenging existing beliefs, understanding your own values and how they inform your leadership. Leading change, and people; we also introduce tools for leading teaching and learning and understanding data.

    The programme focuses on leading schools with attainment gaps and underprivileged intakes.

Case study

NPQSL: A whole new side of me

Jenene began Leading Impact - NPQSL in 2012. She describes how it enabled her to develop her influencing style and grow her confidence among senior leaders

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