School effectiveness

Leadership development and succession planning

Leadership development

Headteachers and senior leaders not only need to continue to develop their own leadership skills individually and as a team but also the leadership skills of the entire school team including middle leaders and governors.

Leadership development can take a range of formats including formal National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and other accredited programmes, participating in local leadership networks and CPD opportunities, in school leadership development programmes, local school-to-school and collaborative programmes and individual personal reading and research.

National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)

General information on the NCTL and the programmes and resources can be found on

Professional development for school leaders (GOV.UK website)
All NCTL's documents on professional development for school leaders and governors, includes:

  • NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH qualifications
  • A list of licensed providers for these qualification
  • Study modules for leaders at different stages of their careers
  • Scholarships and study exemptions

National professional qualifications (NPQ)

There are three levels of national qualifications for school leaders:

  • National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML): Leading a team within an organisation
  • National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL): Leading across an organisation
  • National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH): Aspiring to lead an organisation

Study modules from any of the programmes (GOV.UK website) can also be taken individually.

The programmes are now delivered through licensed providers (GOV.UK website).

For NPQH the application should be submitted to the NCTL during the dates specified on the NPQH NCTL web page (GOV.UK website).

NPQML and NPQSL in Ealing

In Ealing, the LA, Ealing Teaching School Alliance (ETSA) and the Ealing Primary Teaching School Alliance (EPTSA) are working with the UCL Institute of Education (IoE) Leadershipcolab to offer the NPQML and NPQSL locally. Participants apply directly to the IOE naming the Ealing cluster as their local provider.

The programmes begin in September and participants have up to 18 months to complete the qualification. They include a combination of face to face sessions and on-line learning and the completion of a school based improvement project.

Open Access Area
Further leadership resources and materials can be found on the NCTL website, including materials from a range of programmes which are no longer offered and links to the materials formerly on the website which closed in September 2014

Other leadership development in Ealing

New headteacher programme: A welcome event for new, acting and new to Ealing Headteachers took place at Ealing education centre on Wednesday 21 September 2016. This event was an opportunity to meet with colleagues and senior Ealing Council staff members.

Accredited NASENCO programmes: delivered by UCL IoE in partnership with EPTSA. This qualification is a requirement for all SENCos appointed after 2009.

Leadership conference for deputy and assistant headteachers (primary and special schools): The event took place on Thursday 29 September 2016.

Leadership conference (primary and special schools): Thursday, 12 January 2017 - Friday, 13 January 2017. Book now.

Leadership networks: a range of leadership networks for middle and senior managers are available to all primary and special schools through the Schools Forum buy back and to secondary schools in partnership with the Ealing Teaching School Alliance (ETSA) through the Collaborative programmes buy back. CPD sessions for leaders and governors are available through the CPD SLA or pay as you go. Full details are available on Ealing CPD online.

Succession planning and career development support: In partnership with ETSA we will be running events to support staff aspiring to middle or senior leadership to secure an appointment.

Leadership development and succession planning: in school

Support to design an in-house leadership programme can be brokered through your Link Officer.

Numerous high quality resources are available under Talent management: developing new leaders in schools (GOV.UK website)

Other providers

Leadership programmes are available from a wide range of external providers including:

Contact us

Primary: Glinys Weller,
Secondary: Angela Doherty,
ETSA: Joanne Trewin,
EPTSA: Melanie Hogan,

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Last updated: 30 Mar 2017