Wycombe and Marlow

Conference room for hire



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


Teaching school alliance leads

Other leaders who have or aspire to have whole school responsibilities

Applications must be supported by your Headteacher.


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. COVID Adjustments- sessions will be half days, delivered via zoom until Summer term 2021.

In addition to this, we provide a twilight focused on the writing of the assignment,  so that candidates understand the quality required in the written submission.

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


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 13-14 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.


Wycombe- All sessions take place at the Teaching and Leadership Centre at Chepping View Primary Academy in High Wycombe. (Online training provided where required for COVID).


The current application round for NPQSL is open until Jan 4th 2021 for January 11th 2021 start.

This applies to both the Wycombe and the Marlow hubs. Please indicate which hub you wish to attend. If we do not receive enough applicants for the Marlow hub, all sessions will run in Wycombe,

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. We are not permitted to use our grant to discount the programme for participants from independent schools. Please see below for the additional available discounts.

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

Please note regarding scholarship funding:- 


 DfE scholarship funding has now been ended.


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