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Leadership-National Professional Qualifications

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

The Western Lakes 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.

NPQEL-Qualification Specification

NPQH-Qualification Specification

NPQSL-Qualification Specification

NPQML 2019 Information

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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.



We are recruiting for our next NPQML programme which will begin in May 2019. This year’s inaugural NPQML programme was fully subscribed , so it might be worth any interested members of staff registering early? The closing date is Sunday 27th January 2019.


NPQML 2019 Information

When registering, if you select Western Lakes 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’.

As a reminder, the DfE has guaranteed NPQ funding to all eligible applicants who complete their applications by 12 December, after this date there might still be funding available but it is not guaranteed. Potential candidates unsure of their eligibility can contact Best Practice Network at or 0117 920 9200. A map of the eligible Category 5 and 6 Areas can be found here


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! You may still apply by the 12th January 2019 deadline and if eligible you will receive full funding.


NPQEL-Qualification Specification


What is School Direct?

School Direct is a direct route into teaching, where successful applicants can follow a PGCE (with QTS) course. The main difference to the traditional PGCE course is that you will do a significant amount of your training within a school.

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Upcoming events

Click below to view our calendar of training events, School Direct conferences, CPD, courses and meetings.

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What is a Teaching School?

Teaching Schools have been established in order that schools and groups of schools take increasing responsibility for managing the school system…

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National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) (18th January 2019)

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is accredited by the Department for Education (DfE). The qualification is delivered by the Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP), a collaborative partnership of schools, teaching school alliances and multi-academy trusts, managed and supported by Best Practice Network. NPQSL provides recognition of leadership development and professional achievement for senior […]

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