National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership

Leadership for SEND

Working with Ambition Institute via the Ambition NPQ Alliance, a DfE accredited NPQ provider, nasen’s NPQSL– leadership for SEND programme is designed to support your professional progression by enabling you to complete a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL). 


Why nasen’s NPQSL – leadership for SEND programme?

nasen recognises that all leaders are leaders for children and young people with SEND. Undertaking this qualification with nasen enables you to explore what this means for your school or group of schools in the context of a full NPQSL.

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 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, or 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.

Delegates from mainstream and special settings are welcome.

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


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

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 Building capacity

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How is the NPQSL assessed?

Delegates will be assessed through a 5,000-word written assignment about the initiation, implementation and evaluation of their project, as mentioned above.

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, potential delegates should ensure that they have the support of their school and are confident that they can commit time to carrying out the project as well undertaking the background reading and work required by the programme. Delegates will also be required to attend each of the 4 days.

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


The cost of the programme is £1,250.

The cohort size for each programme will range from 15 to 28 delegates.


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Ambition Institute is a graduate school for teachers, school leaders and system leaders. They help educators serving children from disadvantaged backgrounds to keep getting better, Their programmes support educators at every stage from new teachers through to leaders of groups of schools.


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