NPQSL - SEND Leadership Programme

Focusing on SEND

Working with Ambition Institute, a DfE accredited NPQ provider, our SEND Leadership Programme is designed to support your professional progression by enabling you to complete a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) which focuses upon SEND. 


Why the NPQSL SEND Leadership Programme?

All leaders are leaders for children and young people with SEND. The NPQSL SEND Leadership Programme enables you to explore what this means in the context of your school or group of schools. Whether you have a particular interest in SEND and want to develop your understanding about senior leadership in this area or you are keen to expand your general leadership effectiveness for SEND, nasen’s NPQSL SEND Leadership Programme can support you.

Who is the NPQSL for?

Our NPQSL course is suitable for middle leaders who are aspiring to progress into senior leadership in the next 12-18 months, have completed at least one year at middle leadership level or may have served on an extended leadership team. Those currently in senior leadership roles may also wish to attend our training programme to further develop their professional portfolio and gain a new qualification.

Course Features

  • 4 face-to-face training sessions spread across a year
  • Leadership development including a focus on SEND
  • Course reading
  • Initiation, implementation and evaluation of a whole school improvement project

The study can last between 2 academic terms and 12 months. During the course, you will develop knowledge and skills across six leadership competencies: 

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

You will also develop 7 key leadership behaviours: commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity and respect.

How is the NPQSL assessed?

Delegates will be assessed through a 5,000-word written assignment about the whole school improvement project. This will include the initiation, implementation and evaluation of the project.

The project should demonstrate a reduced variation between pupil progress and attainment and improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching.

Given the scale and breadth of the project, it is essential to check that your school or setting is willing to support you.

The project can last from a minimum of 2 academic terms to 18 months from attendance at the first day of the programme.


Subject to confirmation by DfE, there is the possibility that funding for this programme will be available through the Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund. This applies to delegates from schools in a category 5 or 6 area, including schools in a MAT which has a school in one of these areas. 


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