Welcome to Leading Schools South West
Leading Schools South West (LSSW) believes schools in the South West should have a leading role in running leadership programmes for staff in schools.
The National College's vision is to embed the principles and practice of leadership development into a self-improving system through providing a high quality flexible, dynamic suite of modules, linked to a series of qualifications that can be used by schools and academies to build and improve leadership capacity. LSSW is firmly committed to that vision.
The licence awarded to Leading Schools South West by the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) is for an initial three levels of leadership programmes within the leadership curriculum. Each programme leads to a nationally-recognised professional qualification in leadership. LSSW have replaced CPD South West as the licensee for leadership programmes.
The Leadership Programmes
For a description of the programmes we offer and to download an application form please see the information below.
Important - The LSSW Cancellation Policy applies to all our leadership programmes. Please refer to this policy before submitting your application.
National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) - Level 3
The NPQH programme will help you develop the skills you need as a headteacher to lead your school effectively. More detailed information about this programme can be found on our NPQH page.
Make your initial application to the NPQH programme through the National College for Teaching and Leadership. You will be required to pass the NCTL assessment process before applying to undertake the NPQH programme with LSSW.
For more information see the DfE website.
Information for NPQH Intake 7
We are no longer accepting applications for continuing your NPQH with LSSW (Intake 7). If you would like to express an interest in undertaking NPQH with us at Intake 8 please email .
National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) - Level 2
The NPQSL programme will aid your professional development in senior leadership and forms a good foundation to build on later in NPQH. More detailed information about this programme can be found on our NPQSL page.
You may also like to check information held on our Facebook and Twitter pages. If you would like to express an interest in undertaking a NPQSL course with us in the future please email .
National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) - Level 1
The NPQML is a good opportunity for team leaders in middle leadership roles to develop skills and confidence in school-based leadership. More detailed information about this programme can be found on our NPQML page.
You may also like to check information held on our Facebook and Twitter pages. If you would ilke to express an interest in undertaking a NPQML course with us in the future please email .