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We are proud to be part of the Ambition NPQ Alliance, delivering National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) in partnership with Ambition Institute, the graduate school for teachers, school leaders and system leaders.

We design, manage and deliver a bespoke NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH offer around the core NPQ curricula, content and resources that Ambition Institute provides. Ambition Institute also provides facilitator training and quality assurance to help us deliver the best possible development to participants. Ambition Institute, as the accredited license holder, is also responsible for the assessment of all NPQ submissions.

You can find out more about Ambition Institute, the Alliance and its outcomes by visiting their website www.ambition.org.uk/about-us/ambition-institute-npq-alliance/

We work closely with Ambition Institute to ensure our offer meets all the requirements and metrics as set out by the Department for Education in the NPQ Quality Framework and the NPQ Content and Assessment Framework

The ACTS NPQ Alliance offers scale and diversity across the West Midlands through 9 Teaching School Alliances that cover a variety of settings from Early Years provision through to post 16 providers, a grammar school and special school. National Leaders of Education, Specialist Leaders of Education and Senior Leaders, will lead facilitation through relevant and up to date course materials.

We deliver the Department for Education's National Professional Qualification for Headship, National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership and National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership, in partnership with Ambition Institute.

Each NPQ-regardless of level-covers seven leadership behaviours and six competencies:

Leadership behaviours:   

  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Personal drive
  • Resilience
  • Awareness
  • Integrity
  • Respect


  • Strategy and Improvement
  • Leading with Impact
  • Teaching and Curriculum
  • Excellence
  • Managing Resources and Risk
  • Working in Partnership
  • Building Capacity

In order to complete your chosen NPQ you will be required to:

  • Attend all training sessions and any other requirements set out by the provider
  • Complete an in school project and submit a write up of this project (showing how, through completion of this project, you have evidenced the required competencies and behaviours
    • This project must last for at least two terms
    • The NPQML and NPQSL require completion of one project only, whilst the NPQH requires the completion of two projects.
    • For the NPQH one of these projects must be completed over a nine day placement in a contrasting school.
    • You must submit your write up and all evidence within 18 months of the start of your programme.

Please see the NPQ Content and Assessment Framework for more detail about your chosen NPQ including assignments and placements.

To support you in the completion of your chosen NPQ our offer includes as standard:

  • Expert designed curriculum, content and resources which align to the required leadership behaviours and competencies, provided by Ambition Institute
  • Minimum 18 hours of face to face, facilitated training delivered over at least two terms (but no more than 18 months)
  • Two 360° reviews (at the beginning and end of the programme)
  • Option of a Viva
  • A network of peers and relevant experts
  • Assessment support and full assessment of your final submission
  • Trained and quality assured facilitators of whom at least 50% are serving school leaders


New course update

**Please note the following**

  • Delegates will have 12 months to complete and submit instead of 18 months. This is due to the license renewal process for providers being in August 2022
  • These will be the last NPQ courses we are advertising until Autumn 2022. This will affect all providers nationally
  • We can only run each NPQ course if we meet our minimum number of 10 delegates
  • All courses will be delivered online using Zoom
  • Applications are open now until Monday 16th November

For further information please contact Ali Fisher at The Colmore Teaching School alifisher@cptsa.co.uk.

NPQH Courses

NPQH (Cohort 6 )  – £1400 per delegate. 
*This is  still the cheapest price in the West Midlands

Session 1a           Monday 30th November 1- 4pm

Session 1b           Tuesday 15th December 1- 4pm

Session 2a           Monday 11th January 1- 4pm

Session 2b           Wednesday 3rd February 1- 4pm

Session 3a           Tuesday 2nd March 1- 4pm

Session 3b           Thursday 22nd April 1- 4pm

Session 4a           Wednesday 5th May 1- 4pm

Session 4b           Tuesday 18th May 1- 4pm

Session 5a           Monday 7th June 1- 4pm

Session 5b           Wednesday 23rd June 1- 4pm

Session 6a and Session 6b Tuesday 6th July 9am – 3pm

The course will be held online via Zoom and  will include a mandatory 9 day placement at a contrasting setting. The placement can be done remotely.

To download the application form click on the link: NPQH Application Form

NPQSL Courses

NPQSL (Cohort 6 )  – £850 per delegate
*This is still the cheapest price in the West Midlands*

Session 1             Tuesday 1st December 1 -4pm

Session 2             Thursday 14th January 1- 4pm

Session 3             Wednesday 10th February 1- 4pm

Session 4             Monday 1st March 1- 4pm

Session 5             Wednesday 31st March 1- 4pm

Session 6             Tuesday 27th April 1- 4pm

Session 7             Monday 24th May 1- 4pm

Session 8             Wednesday 9th June 1- 4pm

Session 9             Monday 5th July 1- 4pm

The course will be held online via Zoom. 

SL application form click on the link: NPQSL Application Form

NPQML Courses 

NPQML (Cohort 5) – £740 per delegate

*This is still the cheapest price in the West Midlands*

The course will be delivered online via Zoom. 

Session 1             Friday 27th November 1- 4pm

Session 2             Friday 15th January 1- 4pm

Session 3             Thursday 25th February 1 -4pm

Session 4             Thursday 4th March 1- 4pm

Session 5             Thursday 22nd April 1- 4pm

Session 6             Friday 7th May 1 – 4pm

To download the NPQML application form click on the link: NPQML Application Form

 Please click on the links below to find out more about the programmes and eligibility for them.

 Further NPQH course Information flyer

To download the application form click on the link:NPQH Application Form or visitwww.acts.education

 Further NPQSL course Information flyer

To download the application form click on the link: NPQSL Application Form or visitwww.acts.education

 Further NPQML course Information flyer

To download the application form click on the link: NPQML Application Form or visit www.acts.education


Please email Ali Fisher at enquiry@cptsa.co.uk for more details on any of the NPQ programmes

Please click on this link for NPQ terms and conditions