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Eligibility for NPQSL 

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership is suited to teachers in the following categories:

  • An experienced middle leader
  • A recently appointed deputy headteacher
  • An assistant headteacher
  • An SLE
  • Teaching school alliance leads
  • Other leaders who have or aspire to have whole school responsibilities

Applications must be supported by your Headteacher.

The NPQSL Course

The WAM NPQSL 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 reducing variance in pupil progress and attainment and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching. It will total 5,000 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 NPQSL is open from 20th May to 10th July ready for a September 2019 start. The induction afternoon will take place on the afternoon of 18th July.

NPQ Application Form

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


The total cost of the programme is £950 + VAT with no hidden extra costs for assessment. This includes 6 face-to-face days and is part funded by our Teaching School grant. Please see below for the additional available discounts.

One participant from a school with 101+ pupilsn/a£950 + VAT
Two or more participants from a school/MAT with 101+ pupils15%£808 + VAT per person
Participants from schools with 100 or fewer pupils/FOSS members20%£760 + VAT per person
Participants from schools with 30%+ Free School Meals Eligibility20%£760 + VAT per person
Participants from independent schoolsn/a£1200 + VAT
Participants from schools in 'Category 5' or 'Category 6' local authorities 100% £950 funded by the 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 the 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 teaching 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