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NPQ Senior Leadership

We’re pleased to announce that we are partnering with education charity Ambition Institute to deliver the new NPQ for Senior Leadership. This 18-month programme helps participants to develop their leadership knowledge and expertise to improve outcomes for teachers and pupils in their schools. 

Those doing the training will learn: 

  • How to enact positive change across their school 

  • Evidence-based knowledge taught by leadership experts 

  • At a time and pace that suits their existing timetable. 

Benefits to your school: 

  • Learning backed by the latest evidence 

  • Create a leadership pipeline 

  • Attract and retain teaching staff. 

Why this programme? 
Ambition Institute’s new National Professional Qualification (NPQ) for Senior Leadership gives you the chance to learn evidence-based school leadership and put it into practice. It also gives you the opportunity to focus on specific leadership challenges in your school or trust. 

This is one of six new and reformed NPQs that have been developed as a series. Each share the same common language and framework to help drive improvement across schools. 

Ambition Institute knows that schools’ and trusts’ needs vary. So its programmes are designed with flexibility in mind and can be completed at a time that suits you best and fits in with your existing role. Through Steplab, the innovative personal development platform built for teachers, by teachers, you will have access to your modules and practice activities to help you get better faster. 

Accredited NPQ Provider 

Benefits for you 

Train to your timetable 
This programme is designed to be flexible to fit with your busy working role. Training is delivered in bite-sized chunks, which is useful for knowledge retention, and you can learn at a time and pace that suits you. 

Build your confidence 
Get the support you need to take the next step in your career. 

Access the latest research 
Benefit from the latest evidence-based learning and approaches to great teaching and leadership. See how it can improve schools and change lives.  

Enact positive change 
Ambition Institute’s programmes are designed to support you to apply and translate what you’ve learned to your own school context. It does this by providing models and examples that seek to make the link between theory and practice concrete. 

Benefit from peer-to-peer support 
Learn from a network of like-minded peers and have the opportunity to share insight with colleagues in your own school setting. 

Benefits for your school or trust 

Create a common knowledge base 
NPQ qualifications are aligned, so you can have confidence that all educators will share a common language and framework to develop your school or trust. 

Support your leaders  
Senior leaders will be given the tools to drill down into specific areas of leadership to improve their knowledge, make evidence-informed decisions and action positive change. 

Learning backed by evidence 
Participants will be introduced to evidence-informed practices straightaway. This will help them develop strategies to improve teaching and pupil performance at your school. 

Make a leadership pipeline 
The programme will help to identify future leaders and create a positive culture where teachers can develop and thrive.  

Boost attainment 
Studies show that high-quality continuous professional development can improve pupil outcomes almost as effectively as having a teacher with 10 years’ experience in the classroom.  


What you’ll learn 

This programme develops your leadership skills and knowledge and covers the content listed in the Department for Education’s NPQ Senior Leadership Framework.  
You will learn how to: 

  • Set clear goals and communicate shared values that improve the culture in your classrooms and school  

  • Establish a safe and positive environment for pupils 

  • Support colleagues to meet individual needs and make sure all pupils have access to a rich curriculum 

  • Lead school-wide professional development for staff 

  • Make and act on evidence-informed decisions 

  • Work well with parents, carers, other schools and the wider community 

  • Lead by example, be accountable for decisions and make sure colleagues know their responsibilities. 

How you’ll learn 
The content is delivered through blended learning. This includes a mix of Covid-safe face-to-face conferences, real-time, interactive online sessions and self-guided modules you can complete in your own time. You will put what you learn into practice in your school and can track your progress and get feedback as you go. 

Note: programme content is subject to change. 

The assessment window starts at the end of the 18-month programme and runs for three months. During this time, participants will be given an eight-day window to sit an ‘open book’ style assessment in which they respond to a short case study. 

There are two assessment windows every year, and participants can sit the assessment two times, if they need to. 

You need to complete the course to qualify for the NPQ accreditation. 

Ambition Institute will offer a webinar and live clinic in advance of the assessment window to support participants. 


Fully funded by DfE, T&Cs apply or £1140 

To apply, you must be, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities. For example, you might be an assistant or deputy headteacher, or a head of department or faculty. 

Ready to apply? Then register here

Or to find out more call 0116 3033744 or email