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National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders

The Harris Federation Teaching School Alliance is the professional development centre for the Harris Federation. We provide high-quality training to schools and academies in and around London.

The NPQSL is a dynamic development programme for ambitious school leaders. It is suitable for high-performing middle leaders and newly appointed senior leaders. Our programme is designed to support you to explore what good practice and what outstanding leadership looks like in some of the key areas of a senior leadership role.

Our delivery approach is to role-model outstanding practice and use coaching techniques to support you to unlock your leadership potential. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own areas of strength, observe ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ practice demonstrated by other school leaders, allowing you to evaluate the impact you have as a leader in your own school and identify your key priorities for development.


To achieve the qualification, you need to complete four modules, two essential and two elective modules, with a focus on developing the skills, confidence and knowledge to lead on whole-school issues.

The programme is delivered over nine face-to-face training days (one training day per month, over three school terms); this includes a final assessment support session offered at the end of the programme.

The NPQSL qualification involves:

Twilight induction session Successful completion of two essential modules and two elective modules Engaging in 50 hours of blended learning activities, such as: Work-based learning Self-directed learning (online reading) Support for learning (facilitators/line managers) Coaching for improvement (mentors) Learning with peers Face-to-face learning Structured reflection (critical review, evaluation and analysis) Recorded reflections and identification of key learning (to focus on leadership development priorities and to demonstrate progress) Blogs and WebEx Successful completion of a written assignment, having undertaken a school improvement task in your school.

The programme is overseen by a group of experienced principals and is delivered by expert facilitators with extensive experience in senior leadership and transformational change.

Face-to-face training sessions will take place at one of our Academies or Alliance partner schools. Participants will have opportunities to tour the schools and Academies, experiencing the different settings and drawing on a range of best practice.

Visit our Teaching School website for more information on NPQSL

If you are interested in joining the Harris Federation, contact our Central Recruitment Team on: or call 020 8253 7777


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