The HMC Pastoral Leadership Qualification (PLQ) is a development programme for pastoral middle leaders in HMC member senior schools e.g. Heads of Year, Heads of Section, Heads of House (Boarding and Day), Heads of Pupil Support teams etc. The PLQ is designed and delivered in partnership with the UCL/Institute of Education (IOE).

Whilst aspiring pastoral leaders may also take part, the training sessions and portfolio activities are primarily intended for those already in post, and HMCPD’s ‘Preparing to be a Pastoral Leader’ is likely to provide more appropriate content. Experienced colleagues who are beginning to consider deputy head positions may possibly find HMCPD’s ‘Preparing for Senior Leadership’ course of greater relevance.

Please see the PLQ Briefing Document for more information about the programme.

  • Three Level 1 clusters are running in the 2023-24 academic year. Two of these will follow the “original” PLQ model with two face-to-face training days (autumn term and spring term) and the third will be an online course.
  • Two Level 2 clusters are running currently: one face-to-face and one online.

Our ISQAM, PLQ and Aspiring Heads’ programmes are closed for this academic year. We will open bookings for 2024-25 on 22 May 2024. If you would like us to contact you on that date, please complete our ‘expression of interest’ form here

Information for mentors

Information for mentors is available here.


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