PLQ 2022-23

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 view the PLQ briefing document for more information about the programme.

  • Four Level 1 clusters will run in the 2022-23 academic year, all of which will follow the “original” PLQ model with two face-to-face training days (autumn term and spring term)
  • Two Level 2 clusters will also run, again with both including two face-to-face training days

Links to book online:

Level 1 clusters

Level 2 clusters

Information for mentors

Information for mentors is available at