Merton Special Teaching Alliance

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The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership

We have partnered with Ambition Institute through their national Alliance to deliver National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL). You can find out more about Ambition Institute and this Alliance by visiting their website.

Ambition Institute are the NPQ licence holder and are accountable for all NPQ provision under the terms of their licence, including that provided by us as a member of this Alliance. As a provider of NPQs through this Alliance,we work closely with Ambition to ensure that we meet all of the necessary requirements and metrics as set out by the Department for Education and as per the terms of Ambition’s licence. This is to ensure the quality and consistency of these qualifications at a national level. You can find details of these requirements and metrics here, as well as current performance against them on Ambition’s website. As a partner we contribute to the overall performance of Ambition Institute against these requirements and metrics and so the performance data shared here is reflective of Ambition’s own NPQ provision, as well as that of each and all partners in their Alliance including ours, on aggregate.

More information about our partnership can be found by accessing their Transparency Partner Guidance document

The Programme

Our NPQSL programme includes opportunity for reflection, research, discussion and networking. there are 9 face to face (or live online) facilitated training sessions over 6 days and a 360 degree tool for self-evaluation against core leadership competencies.

The NPQSL curriculum covers 6 competency areas which are assessed over one written assignment.

  • Strategy and improvement
  • Teaching and curriculum excellence
  • Leading with impact
  • Working in partnership
  • Managing resources and risks
  • Increasing capability

Please see the NPQ Content and Assessment Framework for more detail about the NPQSL, including the assignment.To support you in the completion of your chosen NPQ our offer includes as standard:

• Expert-designed curriculum, content and resources which align to the required leadership behaviours and competencies, provided by Ambition Institute

• Minimum 18 hours of face-to-face, facilitated training delivered over at least two terms (but no more than 18 months)

• Two 360° reviews (at the beginning and end of the programme)

• Option of a Viva

• A network of peers and relevant experts

• Assessment support and full assessment of your final submission

• Trained and quality assured facilitators of whom at least 50% are serving school leaders

Who can apply?

You’ll be looking for professional development, but not aspiring to headship at this stage of your career. You should be in a leadership role with cross-school responsibilities, for example:

  • an experienced middle leader
  • a deputy head
  • a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO)
  • an advanced skills teacher
  • other senior staff

For both aspiring and serving senior leaders to receive their qualification, they will need to lead an improvement project across their school, lasting at least two terms, to reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching. Therefore, it is essential that this is something your school understands and will support when placing participants on the programme.


NPQSL participants will be assessed on a written account of the school improvement task which must demonstrate whole school impact of no more than 5000 words as well as a presentation of the school based project. 

Please note that it is an expectation that participants attend 8 out of 9 training sessions to pass this programme.

Cost:  £800 per participant or £700 per participant if 2 or more book from the same school.

Facilitators: All facilitators have a broad experience in Primary and Secondary Settings (Alison Jerrard, Katharine Davies, Tina Harvey, Celia Dawson, Matt Ball)


Day 1: Wednesday 18th November 2020 (1.30pm - 5pm) - Leading influence, motivation and vision. Coaches briefing session (5pm)

Day 2: Wednesday 13th January 2021 (1.30pm - 5pm) - Leading Change: sustainable change management

Day 3: Wednesday 3rd February 2021 (9am - 4pm) - Leading Teaching and Learning: Improving classroom practice and Leading Data: Data informed leadership

Day 4: Wednesday 10th March 2021 (9am - 12.30am) - Leading curriculum: delivering curriculum excellence

Day 5: Wednesday 28th April 2021 (9am - 4pm) - Leading a school for all: inclusion and effective pastoral support & Leading teams and people: delivering through other

Day 6: Wednesday 16th June 2021 (9am - 4pm) - Leading staff development: Professional development and talent management & Leading school improvement: self-evaluation and strategic planning

Location: Perseid Upper School, Middleton Road,  Morden, Surrey, SM4 6RU or via online learning platform

For further information please see the NPQSL flyer

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 Any questions please email or phone 02086489737 (Upper School option)

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