npq for senior leadership windsor academy trust

NPQ for Senior Leadership

Leading within a school is complex.

Although the role varies, many senior leaders contribute to all aspects of the school through the leadership team and have a specific whole school responsibility of their own.

This means the role is often both operational and strategic and relies on working with and through colleagues, particularly middle leaders, to ensure every pupil gets an excellent education.

Those in this role need to have a strong understanding of their context, community and the pupils and adults they work with. They also need to have a depth of expertise across several specialist areas related to their role (eg curriculum and assessment, behaviour, organisational management) and in approaches that, through working with their colleagues, enable their school to keep improving (eg professional development and implementation).

They must understand the relationship between these different domains, how they can change over time, and how to contribute to a culture and conditions in which staff and pupils can thrive, all while maintaining the highest professional conduct as set out in the Teachers and Headteachers’ Standards.

That means developing expertise in leading within a school is also complex.

This programme is a codification of essential knowledge, skills and concepts that underpin successful leadership within a school. It sets out what those leading within a school should know and can do within the specialist areas related to their role and approaches that enable their school to improve.

This NPQ is fully funded by the DfE.


Who is the NPQ for Senior Leadership for?

This NPQ is for school leaders who are or are aspiring to be senior leaders with cross-school responsibilities.

What does the programme include?

The key sections of the qualification are as follows:

  • School Culture
  • Teaching 
  • Curriculum and Assessment 
  • Behaviour 
  • Additional and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 
  • Professional Development 
  • Organisational Management 
  • Implementation 
  • Working in Partnership
  • Governance and Accountability

Download the full specification NPQ for Senior Leadership here

This course will be a highly practical blended programme with opportunities to reflect on best practice and hear from excellent leaders who deliver in these areas both locally and nationally.

Why Windsor Academy Trust?

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99% Pass Rate

99% pass rate for National Professional Qualifications.

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Outstanding Reputation

We have an outstanding reputation for delivering best practice programmes that make a real difference.

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A Trusted Partner

We are a trusted partner working with sector-leading partners to support schools and trusts.

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Teacher Development Trust

Our lead provider, the Teacher Development Trust, has championed school improvement, supporting hundreds of schools, publishing research and regularly advising the government.

When does the programme start?

February 2023

Fully funded by the DfE

This NPQ is fully funded by the DfE as long as you meet the following criteria:

  • are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities
  • all teachers and leaders employed in state-funded schools and state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England

If you aren't eligible for funding, the cost is £1,149.


Apply online on the DfE website. When asked to select your training provider, select Teacher Development Trust.

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