National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
NPQSL is aimed at Senior leaders with cross-school responsibilities, including experienced middle leaders, deputy heads, special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) and advanced skills teachers, and other senior staff. ...
National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
NPQH is for anyone aspiring to be a Headteacher. Newly redesigned, not only does this programme focus on the key skills needed for headship, but also meets the highest standards for leadership development anywhere in the world. ...
National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)
NPQML is for middle leaders with team-leading responsibility, including key stage/subject/curriculum leaders, heads of department and pastoral leaders. ...

Welcome to the Leading Schools Alliance

The Leading Schools Alliance brings together Ofsted-rated outstanding schools and teaching schools in all phases. The Alliance is licenced by the National College to provide NPQH, NPQSL and NPQML throughout the North West region.

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The Leading Schools Alliance brings together partners who have a very successful record of delivery of programmes supporting succession planning and leadership development. As well as our 20 National Leaders of Education (NLE), 26 Local Leaders of Education (LLE) and 6 Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE), the Alliance draws together some of the best examples of leadership in a faith school.


This Alliance offers additional opportunities for leadership learning to prospective leaders of faith schools. The Alliance has been instrumental in contextualising the leadership curriculum for faith schools. Of course, we welcome all leaders from all schools regardless of phase or designation.


The Alliance is committed to addressing the issues of gender and equality at a practical level, our only discriminating factor is that all schools involved demonstrate a culture of continuous improvement through the growth of outstanding leaders.

We cover all types of educational provision - primary, secondary, special, sixth form, faith, non-faith, selective, comprehensive, and independent schools.

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