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Leadership-National Professional Qualifications

Leadership-National Professional Qualifications


The WCTSA (West Cumbria Teaching School Alliance) is committed to offering high quality leadership development in this region of Cumbria.

The West Cumbria Teaching School Alliance is working in partnership with the Best Practice Network and has been successful in setting up a Hub School at Keswick School for the delivery of the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) and the National Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML). We have joined the  Outstanding Leadership Partnership as a delivery partner and our first NPQML course began in February 2018 with a full uptake of places.

Shaun Monaghan, the Director of WCTSA represents our Teaching School Alliance on the Board of the Outstanding Leaders partnership.

WCTSA NPQ Funding Update May 2020

NPQEL-Qualification Specification

NPQH-Qualification Specification

NPQSL-Qualification Specification

OLP NPQML Qualification specification_EMAIL

We began running our first NPQSL and NPQH courses in September 2018. The majority of the course content is accessed online with face to face days being held locally at Keswick School. Cockermouth School or at the Cumbria LEP Conference Centre in Penrith.


This year’s programme was scheduled to begin in May at the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, Redhills, Penrith Cumbria, CA11 0DT. Due the COVID-19 pandemic the first face to face day will be a webinar. We have a full intake of 28 delegates.

We are recruiting for our next programme which will begin in September 2020 now, please follow the link below for details of how to apply.



Applying for 2020/21 intake:

  • When asked which delivery model you would like to undertake choose Standard blended learning.
  • When registering, if you select West Cumbria Teaching School Alliance from the drop down menu you will be asked for a partner allocation code, please enter WSTL-TSA.
  • In the invoicing section of the application where it asks who is paying for the course, choose ‘Fully funded by scholarship/government funding’.
  • A map of the eligible Category 5 and 6 Areas can be found here


We are recruiting for our next NPQSL programme which will begin in September 2020. Please follow the link below for further details on applying and obtaining a subsidy to cover the full cost of the training.


OLP NPQSL Qualification specification_EMAIL


Colleagues have also contacted me regarding the NPQEL (National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership) programme which is held at a central venue in the North of England but not at Keswick, unfortunately!


NPQEL-Qualification Specification



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