Wycombe and Marlow Teaching Schools Alliance

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Eligibility for NPQML

The National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership is suited to: 

  • Aspiring middle leaders
  • Recently appointed middle leaders
  • Curriculum team leaders
  • Year group/key stage leaders
  • Pastoral leaders
  • SENDCos
  • Aspiring SLEs

Applications must be supported by your Headteacher.

The NPQML Course

The WAM NPQML course includes online learning and 6 face-to-face days, which is double the number that other providers in the south east are offering. In addition to this, we provide a half-day induction so that candidates can start the course with confidence and understand the requirements of the assessment process, right from the start.

We strongly believe that while online, self-directed learning plays a valuable part in professional development, it's essential for professionals to have as many collaborative learning opportunities as possible. Every face-to-face session will be delivered by a practising leader from the local area.

Each face to face day will focus on one of the 6 content areas:

  • Strategy and Improvement
  • Teaching & Curriculum Excellence
  • Leading with Impact
  • Working in Partnership
  • Managing Resources and Risks
  • Increasing Capability

Time Commitment

In total, 50 hours of learning will take place, per content area:


  •  6 hours face-to-face contact with facilitators
  • 10 hours online learning and personal research and reading
  • 3 hours in-school coaching
  • 2 hours structured reflection
  • 29 hours on-the-job leadership training (work towards assessment project)



During the course, participants will complete a project and after 12 months, submit the first part of the associated assignment. After 14 months, the second part will be submitted. 

The project will focus on 'Working with my team to a) improve pupil progress and attainment and b) team capability' and the written assignment will total 4,500 words over the two parts.


All face-to-face days and the induction take place at the Teaching and Leadership Centre at Chepping View Primary Academy in High Wycombe.


The next application round for NPQML is open from 20th May to 10th July ready for a September 2019 start. The induction afternoon will take place on the afternoon of 16th July.

NPQ Application Form

Please return applications to Donna Bunt, Teaching School Administrator- dbunt@cvpa.school

Cost of the course

The total, standard cost of the programme is £950 + VAT with no hidden extra costs for assessment. This is part-funded by our Teaching School Grant. For details of some of the additional discounts available, please see the table below.

Participant  Discount  Cost
 One participant from a school with 101+ pupils n/a £950 + VAT
 Two or more participants from a school/MAT with 101+ pupils  15%  £808 + VAT per person
Participants from schools with 100 or fewer pupils/ FOSS members  20%  £760 + VAT per person
Participants from schools with 30%+ Free School Meals Eligibility  20%  £760 + VAT per person
Participants from independent schools n/a £1200 + VAT per person
Participants from schools in 'Category 5' or 'Category 6' local authorities  100%  £950 funded by DfE
 Participants from schools which are part of a MAT or Diocese which has at least one school in a 'Category 5' or 'Category 6' local authorities 100% £950 funded by DfE


Please note:-  Participants from Category 5 or 6 authorities can have fully funded (by the DfE) NPQ places. The nearest local authorities to WAM TS Alliance, which are designated as Category 5 or 6, are: Reading, Bracknell, Luton and Milton Keynes. Funding for staff in those areas and staff working in Mat or Diocese schools which have at least one school in a Category 5/6 area anywhere in the country is paid by the DfE direct to us (subject to the allocated funds remaining available). If you are not sure if your school is eligible, please contact Victoria Morris on the details below. The DfE have now advised that this funding has been confirmed to March 2020.


For any enquiries about the programme, please contact Victoria Morris- 01494 535564 vmorris@cvpa.school