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 2020-21 are now open – deadline 2nd October 2020. For more details, including how to apply click here.

Leading with Impact Programme 2020-21

Leading with Impact is a programme designed and delivered by Slough Headteachers and SLT to prepare staff in our schools for senior leadership. It is a one-year programme which will begin in January 2021 and is for primary and secondary teachers.

The programme objectives 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 Slough schools in order to enhance the education for children in Slough.

The programme outcomes 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 con-text.

To apply to be a participant on the programme, you will be asked to complete:

  • A written application (no more than 300 words) stating why you would be a suitable candidate for this pro-gramme and how you and your school will benefit from undertaking this professional learning opportunity.
  • A supporting statement from your Headteacher .

In applying, you are making a commitment to participate in all aspects of the programme, including attending the welcome meeting, 6 LeadMeet Twilight sessions (4pm—5:30pm); engage in coaching practice; undertake two school visits in Slough; present your learning to an audience of headteachers/senior leaders; write up an impact initiative for dissemination across Slough schools.

Information about sign up will be sent to schools and made available on the STSA website following the October half term holiday 2020.

View more details, click here. For more information, please contact Mark Pritchard at Upton Court Grammar School by contacting

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