NPQ Senior Leader (NPQSL)

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NPQ Senior Leader (NPQSL)

  • Created By UCL IOE
  • Last Updated September 17th, 2023
*Our Autumn Cohort 5 is now full. Please click ‘book now’ to sign up for our waiting list and we will try to accommodate you if we can.*


Programme Overview
National Professional Qualification: Senior Leader (NPQSL)
Delivery Model Face to Face sessions
What is Included
  • DfE Certificate of NPQSL
  • Certificate of attendance.
  • Course material.
  • Refreshments and lunch (if applicable).
    • Total Fee:  AED 6600 plus 5% VAT.

Payment Breakdown:

Upon Registering with Infinite Learning: Invoice of AED 500 Plus 5% VAT (Non-Refundable)

Upon IOE Delegate Acceptance: Invoice of remaining AED 6100 plus 5% VAT

  • KHDA Certificate Attestation available for additional 150AED
Deadline booking dates:




Date of Training Please see the Route Map under the Programme tab.
Time (UAE) Please see the Route Map under the Programme tab.
Venue Virtual delivery and/or Face to Face in Dubai – to be confirmed

Please note:
Due to some COVID restrictions remaining in place, the programme sessions will initially be delivered virtually.  They will hopefully move to a Face to Face delivery as restrictions ease.

Target audience

PRIMARY and SECONDARY Designed for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.

Aims of the course

NPQSL gives candidates all of the essential knowledge, skills and concepts that underpin successful senior leadership. Participants will cover ‘learn that’ and ‘learn how to’ statements in ten areas:

  1. School Culture
  2. Teaching
  3. Curriculum and Assessment
  4. Behaviour
  5. Additional and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  6. Professional Development
  7. Organisational Management
  8. Implementation
  9. Working in Partnership
  10. Governance and Accountability
Intended outcomes
  • Attainment of the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leader – NPQSL.
  • Internationally recognised qualification.






“I really enjoyed the new knowledge and chances to improve in school teaching and leading performance based on my studies”


– Shams, NPQSL Participant


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UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a world-leading centre for research and teaching in education and social science. Our research addresses society's most important challenges and our teaching inspires our students by providing them with first-hand experience of leading-edge research and knowledge creation. We play an important global role, contributing to international academic and policy-related arenas and networks developing the fields of education and social science worldwide. Ranked number one for Education worldwide since 2014 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, the IOE was awarded the 2015 Queen’s Anniversary Prize. In 2014, the Institute secured ‘outstanding’ grades from Ofsted on every criterion for its initial teacher training, across primary, secondary and further education programmes. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment of university research, the IOE was top for ‘research power’ (GPA multiplied by the size of the entry) in education. Founded in 1902, the Institute currently has more than 8,000 students and 800 staff. In December 2014 it became a single-faculty school of UCL, called the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

Programme details:

Please click on the links below for downloadable copies of detailed information on the NPQSL Programme.

NPQSL Route Map – Cohort 5

NPQSL Framework

Summary of Programme and NPQSL Learning Hours

NPQ Delivery Components


National Professional Qualification Senior Leader (NPQSL)

This qualification is for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.

In collaboration with an Expert Advisory Group, the Department of Education consulted extensively with the sector to design the reformed suite of NPQs. This has included invaluable input from teachers, school and trust leaders, academics and experts. The frameworks set out two types of content:


‘Learn that…’

Within each area, key evidence statements (“Learn that…”) have been drawn from current high-quality evidence from the UK and overseas. This evidence includes high-quality reviews and syntheses, including meta-analyses and rigorous individual studies. In addition, the NPQ frameworks provide practical guidance on the skills that teachers and school leaders should be supported to develop.


‘Learn how to…’

Practice statements (“Learn how to…”) draw on both the best available educational research and on additional guidance from the Expert Advisory Group and other sector representatives.

The Education Endowment Foundation has independently reviewed the frameworks to ensure they draw on the best available evidence and that this evidence has been interpreted with fidelity. The NPQ frameworks will be kept under review as the evidence base evolves. As in any profession, the evidence base is not static and research insights develop and progress.


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