National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership

New dates added for Autumn 2020!

We are pleased to be accredited by the Department for Education to offer the National Professional Qualifications in both Middle Leadership (NPQML) and Senior Leadership (NPQSL).

Further information about the Middle Leadership Programme can be found here.
We believe that there is no substitute for human interaction as a driver for leadership development and school improvement.  This philosophy underpins our “NPQ” package ensuring that face-to-face delivery is at the heart of each programme rather than online learning.  Please see our Covid-19 section for more details for our Autumn 2020 cohort.

As part of our Teach Manchester ethos we strive to support the development of urban leadership.

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

Are you a current or aspiring Senior Leader? Do you want to learn from leaders that have led schools through recent and rapid school improvement journeys?

The NPQSL is aimed at current and aspiring senior leaders in primary, secondary and special school settings. This includes experienced middle leaders, assistant heads, deputy heads and other senior staff looking for professional development.

Teach Manchester is unique in offering you:

  • excellent training designed and delivered from a team of established Manchester leaders from primary and secondary schools
  • a programme of study with opportunities to network with other local leaders embedded throughout the course culminating in a reflective practice day to embed and continue your learning
  • an opportunity to develop and lead a transformational whole-school initiative, with dedicated 1:1 coaching support from your in-school ‘SLT Impact Coach’
  • training events and workshops taking place in Manchester schools with the chance for participants to learn about effective practice

Benefits to the participant:

  • Developing Leadership and Management skills via a nationally accredited, quality assured programme
  • Face-to-face tuition from proven, practising, senior leaders from Manchester schools, many of whom have led schools through improvement journeys
  • Networking with peers
  • Developing an understanding of current and changing urban context and the need for agile leadership
  • Opportunity to develop and lead a transformational whole-school initiative, with dedicated 1:1 coaching support

Benefits to the school:

  • Increases the capacity for devolved leadership and succession planning
  • Motivates and retains ambitious teachers
  • Provides a mechanism for school improvement
  • Secures improvement for identified development areas for school or individuals

Time frame:

Our programme is delivered over a 1-year period; leading to submission approximately 15 months after the start date.  Within this period participants:

  • attend scheduled facilitated sessions
  • engage with pre and post session tasks
  • work with their peers and programme facilitators
  • embed their skills in practice on an in-school Impact Project

The Project and Assessment:

Within the constrains of the project title which is set by the Department for Education; your project can be tailored to suit your school development priorities.

For the National Professional qualification in Senior Leadership; the set project descriptor is:

Leading an improvement project across their school, lasting at least 2 terms, to reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment (part A) and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching (part B).

The reflective write up of this project, alongside supporting documents such as a risk register is what is submitted for assessment.

Apply Now!

To apply for Autumn 2020, please download and return the application form.  All applications will be acknowledged.

Covid-19 Information

With the exception of the reflective practice day, all sessions are currently planned to take place at Ashbury Meadow Primary School (Rylance Street, Beswick, Manchester, M11 3NA) but venues may be changed or some elements of the course may run virtually following government and local authority guidance on social distancing in response to Covid-19 nearer the time.  Where sessions are required to run virtually, these sessions will take place on Zoom as live timetabled sessions ensuring delegate and facilitator interaction remains a key component of the programme.

Contact Us:

Please contact Natalie Hardy on 0161 212 1900 or hardy_n@trinityhigh.comfor further information.


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Find out more about our training team:


Peter Taylor (Deputy Headteacher, NPQ Trainer)

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Emma McLaren (Vice Principal, Strategic Group Member)


Ann Flatman (Deputy Headteacher, NPQ Programme Lead)

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Lucy Thomas (Headteacher, NPQ Trainer)


Neil Long (Deputy Headteacher, Maths SLE, Maths Core Group, NPQ Trainer)

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Rachel Eppy (Business Development Manager)

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Natalie Hardy (NPQ Administrator)