Now Taking Applications for Spring 2022


Spring cohort places are limited. To increase the likelihood of acceptance on to your chosen NPQ, please apply by the 9th December. We will consider late applications until 4th January 2022, if places are available.


Our next round of the new reformed NPQ Programmes commence in Spring 2021

STSN is working with SFET and Xavier Teaching School Hubs and Teach First to provide the full suite of reformed NPQ programmes. This partnership brings together the best local knowledge and context with the national experience and programmes of Teach First.

All NPQs will be fully funded for applicants from state schools. If you are applying from the independent sector you / your school will be invoiced for the cost of your NPQ. Information on the cost of each programme is below.

Follow this link to a DFE video explaining the new reformed NPQs

All NPQs are taught through a blended balance of online individual learning, online seminars and face-to-face meetings and a simplified end-of-course assessment. There are two cohorts annually, starting in Autumn and Spring.

Leadership National Professional Qualifications

12 month programmes. These three new specialist NPQs replace the current NPQML.

  • NPQLT: Leading Teaching
  • NPQLTD: Leading Teacher Development
  • NPQLBC: Leading Behaviour and Culture


18 month programmes:

  • NPQSL: Senior Leaders
  • NPQH: Headship (including a new programme of support for newly appointed Headteachers)
  • NPQEL: Executive Leadership


You can find more information on the courses in our STSN NPQ Programmes brochure. Please make sure you read the brochure thoroughly before apply to a course.

Non-eligible schools may apply and pay for these programmes.

Summary of Costs

NPQLT: Leading Teaching Cost: £840

NPQLTD: Leading Teacher Development Cost: £840 

NPQLBC: Leading Behaviour and Culture Cost: £840

NPQSL: Senior Leaders Cost: £1,045

NPQH: NPQ for Headship Cost: £1,690

NPQEL: Executive Leadership Cost: £3,245