National Professional Qualifications


We’re really excited to introduce NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL).

Who is it for?

School leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.

What will programme members learn?

This 21-month programme (18 months’ delivery and three months for assessment) consists of a series of modules based on the DfE’s NPQ frameworks. Each module cycle features: 

  • evidence-based online content to refresh and build knowledge, as well as exemplify what this looks like for your role and level of leadership
  • a formative assessment task to support your learning
  • a face-to-face seminar with a group of peers, facilitated by a serving school leader– you’ll analyse and reflect on the task and hear further examples of good practice
  • the opportunity to record reflections and consolidate learning

This cycle repeats throughout the programme, with implementation a consideration in every module. Towards the end of the programme, you’ll also take a module focused specifically on effective implementation. This provides an opportunity to complete a significant but manageable change project as part of your role. There will be ongoing support through a seminar group and discussion forum.

What will I learn?

You’ll develop expertise in the knowledge, skills and concepts for areas of cross- and whole-school responsibility related to your role. These include school culture, behaviour and professional development. Our content is informed by the best and most recent evidence and developed with input from serving school leaders and subject matter experts. Our programmes have a practical focus. You’ll be supported to make small but important changes to your and others’ practice throughout the programme. This provides an opportunity to plan a strategic improvement, focused on your context and pupils. 

What are the objectives and the content of the NPQSL programme?

This programme will help you to:

  • develop as a leader with some areas of cross and whole school responsibility 
  • access content across a breadth of areas, such as teaching, behaviour and professional development
  • be supported to effectively implement change and improvement in an area related to your role

Modules include:

  • School culture
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Behaviour
  • Additional and special needs
  • Professional development
  • Organisational management
  • Implementation
  • Working in partnership 
  • Governance and accountability

 What are the NPQSL programme benefits?

Grow your expertise as a senior school leader

Broaden your leadership knowledge and gain the specialist expertise needed to tackle your school improvement priorities.

Create a culture where all pupils can succeed

Learn how to support the development of a positive, predictable and safe environment for pupils. Contribute to your school’s strategic direction, setting ambitious standards across the school and establishing an environment for pupil success. 

Build a supportive environment for colleagues and school leaders

Create a thriving environment in which all staff feel supported and valued. 

Join a passionate network striving for educational equality

Share experiences with other school leaders, learn how they’ve faced similar challenges and build a professional network that will support you throughout your career.

The great advantage of taking part in an NPQ with Bright Futures and Teach First is the blended approach to learning. The modules for self-learning can be picked up and put down to suit your work-life with the system knowing where you were last up to, which makes it quick and simple to continue your learning journey.  The online sessions I have attended have been great at providing opportunities for colleagues to openly discussion possible leadership scenarios, give you ideas and gain insights from other professionals that can help you to challenge and reflect upon your thinking and approaches to leadership.” 

Delivery model, duration and programme breakdown

The NPQSL is delivered using a blend of online ‘live’ seminars, flexible online learning and face-to-face conferences. 

Cost and funding

For further information on cost and funding, please visit our NPQ Funding Information page. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility please contact us at

Working in partnership with Teach First 

Teach First has been an accredited NPQ provider for several years. Following a thorough due diligence process, Bright Futures is delighted to be partnered with Teach First. Teach First has got a strong and proven track record in leadership development. For nearly twenty years, Teach First has trained and developed more than 19,000 teachers and leaders, including 10,000 trainees on its teacher training programme rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Read more here

How to Apply

Our application window, for NPQs starting in October 2024, will open later in the summer term.  Until then you can complete the ‘Expression of Interest’ form NPQ EOI – October 2024 (  This will enable us to keep in touch with you and inform you as soon as our application window is open and confirm next steps.

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