Senior Leadership Development

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

STSA will be working in partnership with Leadership Colab, UCL Institute of Education, to deliver the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) from September 2019.

The course will be delivered locally and facilitated by headteachers and deputies from Slough schools. It is aimed at those who are or are aspiring to become a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.


Programme content and assessment

The programme consists of 5 face to face days spread over the year. Each day will focus on a different aspect of leadership, as outlined below:

Day 1    Succeeding in Senior Leadership
Day 2    Leading Learning and Teaching
Day 3    Leading with Impact
Day 4    Leading Effective Partnerships
Day 5    Leading Strategically

Participants will need to attend all 5 face-to-face days in order to achieve the qualification. Each module contains a mixture of theoretical input drawing on up-to-date research and evidence, structured reflection, peer discussion and ideas for practical application. Between sessions there will be guided readings and tasks to complete, including contributing to an online community.

Participants will also be required to undertake a school improvement project and submit a report of this, which will be formally assessed.

Schools sending participants will be asked to provide in-house coaching to support the professional development of participants through the programme and the completion of their school improvement project.

Applications for 2019-20 are now closed. Details for the 2020-21 cohort will appear in due course.

Leading with Impact Programme 2019-20

STSA is offering an in-house senior leadership programme Leading with Impact, designed and delivered by Slough Headteachers and SLT to prepare staff in our schools for senior leadership.

The objectives of the programme are:
  • to provide professional development for aspiring senior leaders so that they have the knowledge, skills and experiences to lead in a context that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous;
  • to promote leadership learning and collaboration across SASH schools in order to enhance the education for secondary students in Slough.

The outcomes of the programme will be:
  • leaders who are ready, willing and able to take on additional whole-school challenges (the ‘WHY’)
  • participant ‘impact Initiatives’ written up and published for dissemination across Slough schools (the ‘WHAT’)
  • leadership learning presentations to school leaders (the ‘HOW’)

Suitable programme participants will be: established middle leaders; aspirant SLT; those with the potential to lead significant whole-school initiatives; leaders who have only experienced one school or a specific phase or context.

Applications for 2019-20 are now closed. Details for the 2020-21 cohort will appear in due course.

2019-20 Participants Only: Assistant Headteacher job advertisement – see here for details of the sample job advert. Please send your supporting statement to by the deadline of 24th February.

For Further Information Contact:

Janet Roberts
STSA Teaching School Director (CPD & School Support)
Langley Grammar School
Reddington Drive, Langley, Berkshire SL3 7QS
01753 598300 ex 8368