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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 government has confirmed that scholarship funding will once again be available from 1st April. Please see 'Funding' below for more information.


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 March 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

The scheduled dates are as follows:

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

January 2021 Cohort
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
26th January 2021 12th May 2021 29th September 2021 25th November 2021

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).


The DfE will fully fund participants who work in a Category 5 or 6 area school, with priority (where necessary) given to those who work in a school in one of the 12 designated 'Opportunity Areas'. Participants from a MAT or diocese which contains a school from a Category 5 or 6 area are eligible to be considered for DfE scholarship funding in relation to their NPQ programme fees. If you do not qualify for scholarship funding please enquire about our bursaries available for a number of criteria. Please get in touch to find out more details at

Yorkshire Leadership Community offers a discount of £300 per participant on any of our courses for those who are not eligible for any other funding.

Learning outcomes and programme structure

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

Registrations for our November cohort are now open.

Downloads and links

NPQSL Registration Form 2019-20

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