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National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL)

Yorkshire Leadership Community are accredited providers of the National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) accredited by the Department of Education (DfE). 


The Department for Education's National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders is for senior leaders (primary, secondary, special or other settings) who want to benefit from high quality further professional development. 

Who is it for? 

Participants must:

  • be (or aspiring to be) a senior leader in an education setting.
  • have a role that includes at least one area of whole school responsibility.

November 2020 and Spring 2021 Cohorts

Please see the 'How to Apply' section below if you are interested in joining one of our future cohorts.

The programme consists of 4 face to face days and online learning. All our face-to-face sessions are held at Harrogate Grammar School. (These may change due to Covid restrictions in place)

The scheduled dates are as follows:

November 2020 Cohort Registrations closed 1st October 2020
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
5th November 2020 9th March 2021 10th June 2021 19th October 2021

The November cohort is now closed to new applications. Please register for the March 21 cohort

March 2021 Cohort
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
16th March 2021 22nd June 2021 6th October 2021 8th February 2022

Please note that these dates are subject to change due to the current uncertain times.


The full programme is available at a cost of £1250 per participant (inclusive of one assessment submission).


There has been high demand from teachers and school leaders to access NPQ scholarships in recent months. As a result, access to Department for Education (DfE) scholarships for new applicants for NPQs is currently suspended. This is to allow the DfE to fully assess demand against available funding for those who have already applied.

If you started your course prior to 24 July 2020, you will receive funding for the full course fee if you continue to meet the eligibility criteria below and have not previously been enrolled on an NPQ course of the same level.

The DfE is now working with providers to understand what funding can be made available for eligible participants who registered for a future course before 24 July 2020. It is doing this as quickly as possible. In the meantime, your chosen NPQ provider is best placed to confirm the position with you in respect of your course, financial arrangements, and their specific terms and conditions.

Eligibility for funding required a teacher or school leader to be working in opportunity areas or areas defined in Achieving excellence areas as categories 5 and 6, or employed at a school which is subject to the oversight of a multi-academy trust or diocese which also includes other schools in those areas.

Access to funding remains conditional on successful verification of participants’ registration information against the database of qualified teachers (DQT), so you must ensure that the information supplied to your NPQ provider matches your DQT record. You can check and update your DQT record via the Teaching Regulation Agency.

Learning outcomes and programme structure (these may change due to Covid restrictions)

Learning outcomes Programme structure
  • Develop a range of knowledge and skills to support and strengthen leadership in their current role and help prepare for next step promotion

  • Engaged in action learning and up to date, evidence based research in order to secure a positive impact on the education and outcomes of students in their school, academy or MAT

  • National recognition of their CPD as the course is accredited by the Department for Education 

  • A pathway for credit transfer into a University of Leeds Masters or Doctor of Education degree
Component Hours
School based coaching/ mentoring 6
Face-to-face days
Peer coaching 3
Peer engagement 18
Expert input 7
Peer engagement 15
Expert input 15
Research/ online learning 10
Individual/ School-based learning 30

The online community also provides:

  • access to the YLC helpdesk

  • support/ guidance on engagement

  • an interface with facilitators additional to face-to-face days/ online resources
  • optional online course

How to apply

Download the registration form below

Email the completed registration form to

Downloads and links

NPQSL Registration Form 2020

Yorkshire Leadership Community Policies