National Professional
Qualification for
Senior Leadership

THE STUDY MODULES

The six NPQSL study modules set out what a leader should know and be able to do. Modules focus on improving leadership practice and support the development of the critical leadership behaviours of commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity and respect; behaviours which exemplify how the best leaders operate.

The six study modules you must complete are:

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Analyse performance data to identify the causes of variation within a school and against comparative schools Sources of internal, national and socio-economic data that can inform pupil progress and identify underachievement
Statistical and data analysis concepts, including confidence intervals, statistical significance, sampling, correlation and causation
Ensure data collected is necessary, proportionate and manageable for staff Data collection best practice
Work with the governing board effectively to identify and agree approaches to school priorities The key features of effective governance
Design and implement sustainable change across a school Research into the characteristics of successful change programmes, drawn from a range of schools and non-school contexts
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Use a range of techniques to gather evidence on teaching quality and the impact of interventions across a school A range of techniques to gather evidence in relation to teaching quality and evaluate the impact of interventions
Reduce variation within the school and against comparative schools by improving pupil progress, attainment and behaviour Research into, and examples of, leadership or management strategies that have improved pupil behaviour, progress and attainment and reduced variation across a school, drawn from a range of schools
Legal frameworks and guidance relating to behaviour management, attendance, exclusions and bullying
Develop and maintain a rich, high-quality school curriculum Research into, and examples of, curriculum development approaches/techniques
The benefits, characteristics and examples of knowledge-rich curricula
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Lead, motivate and influence others, including beyond the line management chain, to deliver whole-school objectives Research into, and examples of, leadership, motivation and influence, drawn from a range of schools and non-school contexts
Develop a communications plan that promotes or defends the school’s performance, policies or decisions effectively Examples of successful communications plans and techniques used by schools
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Identify a range of local and national partners that can support school improvement Tools and techniques to identify the organisation’s stakeholders and analyse their views
Put in place systems, processes or structures which facilitate knowledge transfer and shared best practice within and beyond the school Research into, and examples of, structured partnerships that have improved capability and performance, drawn from a range of schools and non-school contexts
Identify the most effective partnerships for improving pupil progress Tools and techniques to evaluate the impact of partnership working on pupil progress and attainment
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Deploy resources across a school effectively and efficiently to deliver school priorities Financial appraisal tools, techniques and concepts
Monitor the use of resources across a school, identifying opportunities and pressures Resource monitoring tools and techniques drawn from a range of schools, including benchmarking
Systematically identify, manage and mitigate risks to the school, its pupils and staff Effective risk management tools, techniques and practice, drawn from a range of schools and non-school contexts
The requirements, and examples of, effective practice in relation to managing Single Central Records
The Prevent Duty for schools and associated processes and practice
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Identify excellent professional development practice Key research into, and examples of, excellent professional development, including for new/recently qualified teachers, drawn from a range of schools
Identify talent within an organisation and put in place arrangements or tools to develop and retain it Successful talent identification and retention strategies in a range of schools and non-school contexts
Design professional development strategies, which engage all staff and anticipate future professional development needs Structures, tools and techniques that facilitate joint, work-based and self-directed study
Factors that drive changing professional development needs