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Supporting a Successful NPQSL Application

This highly regarded and successful programme offers the opportunity for aspiring senior leaders in your school to access a bespoke training programme designed to develop the skills needed to make a successful application for the NPQSL or undertake a standalone programme designed to help them become effective senior leaders.


Session 1
Wednesday 12th November 2014
Venue: The Shire

Characteristics of effective leadership and management styles
This session will consider what good and outstanding leadership looks like at senior level. Head teachers will explain what they look for in their senior leaders. We will also be considering different leadership and management styles and explore how different styles may adopted depending on context.

Session 2
Tuesday 9th December 2014
Venue: The Shire

Leading for School Improvement. Improving progress and raising attainment for all groups
This session will focus on sharing successful strategies for improving progress and raising attainment for all groups. It will look at how Raise on Line and the School Improvement Plan are central to this process.

Session 3
Tuesday 20th January 2015
Venue: The Shire

Managing complex change
This session will teach participants the essential knowledge linked to leading change in practice. Building on Michael Fullan and John Cotter's research work and using one of their analytical tools, participants will develop their own knowledge to help them lead change in their school as a senior leader. Time will also be spend looking at what other models tell us about the psychology of change and how an understanding of the change cycle better helps manage the process from start to finish.

Session 4
Tuesday 24th February 2015
Venue: The Shire

Transitional Analysis/Dealing with difficult people
One issue which challenges leaders but is vital in ensuring a vision becomes reality is how to manage and motivate difficult colleagues. This session looks in detail at how these interpersonal skills may be successfully developed and has proved to be one of the most popular sessions in recent years.

Session 5
Tuesday 28th April 2015
Venue: The Shire

Improving the quality of teaching
Colleagues who facilitate the Outstanding Teacher Programme will explore how to develop a strategy for improving the quality of teaching and ensure consistency. It will use video clips to help colleagues develop a consistent understanding of the components of an outstanding lesson and be able to successfully fed back where a lesson was inadequate or requires improvement.

Session 6
Tuesday 26th May 2015
Venue: The Shire

Securing outstanding safeguarding
We will focus on the importance of getting safeguarding right and the session includes aspects such as safer practices for staff in regards to their conduct , e-safety, anti-bullying, single central register, dealing with radicalisation and how the curriculum may be used to helping children keep themselves safe.

Session 7
Wednesday 10th June 2015
Venue: The Shire

Financial management and school improvement planning
This highly successful module is designed to give delegates a good understanding of how school finance works looking in detail at budget setting and monitoring and how this ties into school improvement planning.

All sessions will be from 1.00pm – 4.00pm at The Shire except session 7 on Wednesday 10thJune which will be all day from 9.00am – 3.30pm.

What is the cost?
Cost per delegate: £600

What do you need to do now?
If you would like your aspiring or newly appointed leaders to take part in this exciting programme, or you would like to know more, please contact either:

Tony Cotton at:  
Katherine Sheiber at:

Schools need to register participants with the lead facilitator by Friday 24th October.