Lincolnshire SCITT

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL)

The NPQSL is an established qualification that provides national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a senior leader. It is aimed at individuals who not only have responsibility for leading a team, but are also involved in leading across teams on a range of issues that affect the whole school or organisation. It is aimed at senior leaders, including experienced middle leaders, deputy heads, SENCOs and ASTs and other senior staff looking for further professional development but not yet within 18 months of headship. You do not have to have completed any prior leadership development programmes to embark upon this qualification.


The NPQSL qualification will support you in becoming a highly effective senior leader, with the skills, confidence and knowledge to contribute to the strategic development of your school or organisation as part of the senior leadership team. 


Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together (LTT) are pleased to deliver an NPQSL cohort across Lincolnshire in partnership with our accrediting NPQ provider: George Spencer Teaching School Alliance.  

Our Programme

Our programme is delivered though a blended learning approach; a combination of face to face days, on-line learning , school experience, and self –study and personal reading. As a competency based programme there is a focus throughout on the development of skills and understanding alongside leadership behaviours. Whilst on the programme day-to-day leadership development in your current school will allow you to:

  • lead on a strategically challenging project
  • engage in challenge and support from your coach and/or head teacher
  • integrate new learning into your leadership practice
  • develop those leadership behaviours identified through the 360 diagnostic
  • negotiate and tackle specific whole team/school improvement priorities

Those not currently working in a school will undertake these activities in the school(s) that they have identified, and who have committed to support them. 
The course duration is 12 months with an expectation that participants go for final assessment within 12-18 months from induction. 

New for 2020-2021: In the current climate, we have converted many of our face to face days into online webinars, video resources and activities so that learning is flexible for schools. We anticipate that this will be the offer for the Autumn term and hope to integrate some face-to-face learning in the Spring and Summer terms.  For further information about the NPQSL programme, please click here


£1200pp - DFE Scholarship Funding is available, please refer to our FAQ document for more information

Application Process

This year we are offering 2 start dates. DFE Funding is available, this is managed by our NPQ accrediting provider: George Spencer Teaching School Alliance, full funding details and eligibility can be found here.  

To reserve a place on our NPQSL intake, please complete the application form on the below link.    

NPQSL 2020-2021 Application Form for Lincolnshire Cohort

Closing Dates 

Applications for NPQSL are now closed for a September 2020 start 

Further Details

Further details can be found in the documents below.  Should you have further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.