Burton Borough School is extremely pleased to be able to offer the prestigious National Professional Qualifications for both Middle Leadership (NPQML) and Senior Leadership (NPQSL) in collaboration with the Star Institute (formerly Tauheedul College for Teaching and Leadership). This course will  be delivered across 10 twilight sessions starting at 3:45pm.


Senior leaders play a critical part in developing and implementing all strategic and operational decisions at cross school and whole school level. As a key role model in the school, senior leaders must demonstrate collective responsibility, be at the operational sharp edge of change and effectively manage staff.

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is the leading qualification for current or aspiring senior leaders. The programme tackles the challenges of leading across a school. On completion of our NPQSL, you will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to drive your school forward as part of a Senior Leadership Team.



We offer a unique NPQSL programme with excellence, critical reflection and high quality school-based practice at its heart. Our tailored programme will ensure your learning is relevant to your needs and offers you the opportunity to work with outstanding leaders.



The NPQSL is for those who are, or are aspiring to become, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities e.g. an experienced middle leader, an Assistant Headteacher, a Deputy Headteacher, or other senior staff. This includes those who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities, e.g. a Director of a Teaching School Alliance. You may be eligible for government funding for this course.  Please see ‘Cost’ section below.



To achieve the NPQSL qualification, you will need to successfully complete:

      • 6 study modules
      • Undertake a final assessment

We know that having the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners and share your experiences with peers is an important part of your learning. That’s why we place a premium on our face-to-face leadership learning days. The face-to-face events are supplemented by workplace learning, reading, reflections and online learning.



The 6 study modules set out what a leader should know and be able to do. Modules focus on improving leadership practice and support the development of the critical leadership behaviours of commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity and respect; behaviours which exemplify how the best leaders operate.

The modules are:
      • Strategy and Improvement
      • Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
      • Leading with Impact
      • Working in Partnership
      • Managing Resources and Risks
      • Increasing Capability



In order to gain the qualification, you must successfully complete the NPQSL final assessment; a task designed to demonstrate your ability to be an effective senior leader. You will be expected to lead an improvement programme across your school, lasting at least 2 terms, to reduce variation in pupil progress and attainment and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching.



Register to receive your NPQSL application pack by emailing Kay McClean at npq.bbs@taw.org.uk or calling 01952 386500




If the school you work at is in a Category 5 or 6 area, you may be eligible for government funding.  Please see the table below for category 5 and 6 areas near Burton Borough School and contact us for more information.

Category 5 and 6 Areas Local to Burton Borough
 Town / City / Area  County  Region  Category
 Sandwell   Sandwell  West Midlands 6
 East Staffordshire   Staffordshire  West Midlands 6
 Tamworth   Staffordshire  West Midlands 6
 Stoke-on-Trent   Stoke-on-Trent  West Midlands 6
 Walsall   Walsall  West Midlands 6
 Wolverhampton   Wolverhampton  West Midlands 6
 Coventry   Coventry  West Midlands 5
 Dudley   Dudley  West Midlands 5
 Cannock Chase   Staffordshire  West Midlands 5
 South Staffordshire   Staffordshire  West Midlands 5
 Stafford   Staffordshire  West Midlands 5
 Staffordshire Moorlands   Staffordshire  West Midlands 5
 Telford & Wrekin   Telford & Wrekin  West Midlands 5
 North Warwickshire   Warwickshire  West Midlands 5
 Nuneaton and Bedworth   Warwickshire  West Midlands 5
 Wychavon   Worcestershire  West Midlands 5
 Wyre Forest   Worcestershire  West Midlands 5

















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To find out more about the Star Institute and what they offer, please click this link: www.starinstitute.org.uk.


NPQSL Documents