Senior Leadership

For school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.

Delivery Partner

Course Overview

Registration date October 2022. Participants can register with the Department for Education from October 2022 and will be prompted to complete a short application with UCL
Start date February 2023
Course length 18 months
Accreditation Department for Education (DfE)
Fees State School participants will receive sponsorship from DfE. The fee for self-funded or Independent School participants is £1055. Please note that anyone receiving DfE sponsorship will not be permitted to withdraw and then restart the same NPQ.

Course Curriculum

What you'll learn

How you'll learn

"Really clear guidance and I feel like it related a lot to what I have been reading. I particularly enjoyed our guest speaker - I wrote copious notes and came away with ideas that I can immediately action."

A recent participant


Completion of the programme and maintaining an average of at least 90% engagement with all components is required for success. Participants will also be asked to develop and present on an implementation plan which reflects their learning and complete a case study response (up to 2500 words) during a short time window at the end of the programme.


If you'd like to enrol on the Senior Leadership NPQ with us, in the first instance, you should register with the Department for Education on the NPQ Registration Services area. You will need to provide your Teacher Reference Number (TRN).

Guidance on acquiring a TRN, can be found on the website.

You will then need to apply directly with UCL. Application details can be found here.

Your questions answered

Louisa Horner is CATS Global Schools’ Learning & Development Lead. She has completed her own NPQ in Senior Leadership and leads the facilitation of NPQs for CATS Global Schools, so can share insight into the learning experience and time commitments. Here she answers your most frequently asked questions.

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