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Leadership Training and Development

DFE Approved provider of National Professional Qualifications for School Leadership:

Byrchall, in partnership with Golborne High School, are strategic partners of the Alliance of Leading Learning and are accredited to deliver both the NPQML and NPQSL programmes as twilights. Since 2012 the partnership have established an excellent reputation in delivering high quality leadership development meeting the needs of diverse cohorts from all sectors.


Please note applicants from DFE defined Category 5 and 6 opportunity areas are able to access fully funded scholarships due to the Teaching and Leadership innovation funding available to participants from these areas.


For further information including enrolling on the programmes and accessing scholarships please use these contact details.

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National Professional Qualifications for Middle Leaders, Senior Leaders, Aspiring Headteachers, Headteachers and Executive Heads:

Byrchall and Golborne High Schools are proud to be strategic leads in the “Alliance of Leading Learning” - a new school led alliance, made up of the core team who were formerly directors, facilitators and consultants for “The Leadership Academy” @ Edge Hill University.

If you have already taken up this opportunity for yourself or your colleagues you need read no further. We thank you for registering your interest and you will be contacted this week.

If you have not yet decided or want to be assured of quality value for money CPD – please do take the time to read the following:

NCTL have awarded us the licence to deliver the new National Professional Qualifications and ensure we continue to build on our reputable success in providing gold standard professional learning locally which has had proven life changing impact on children and young people. We have delivered the NPQ programmes to 2,300 school leaders from diverse types of schools and have proven we provide outstanding learning opportunities as we are local credible leaders facilitating on the NPQ programmes - who are committed to improving children’s life chances.

We are now recruiting to the newly designed NPQs and want to offer you and your colleagues the opportunity to register on an established and reputable professional learning programme:


With Appraisal meetings in full flow and a commitment by successful schools to invest in professional development that drives improvement in your school, trust or alliance - you need to make an informed choice.

Why choose The Alliance of Leading Learning?

With tight school budgets and a plethora of providers – when choosing your licence provider, you will be investing time, money and energy and need to ask:

  • Is this an established provider with a tangible record of success both nationally and internationally?

  • Are the facilitators delivering the programme current exemplary school leaders who are highly skilled and quality assured in the NCTL facilitation competencies?

  • Do they work with an extended partnership beyond the school network to ensure the training is world class and have the unique experience of underpinning the learning with advisors such as John Hattie and Chimp Management working directly on the programmes?

  • Will they provide a credible professional learning journey beyond the NPQ through a range of programmes available at every level?

  • Will they deliver cutting edge leadership programmes underpinned by national and international research?

  • Will they provide value for money and invest in quality face to face training, on line support and additional support sessions on the final assessment project?

  • Have they got evidence of real impact back in the workplace?

  • Do they invest in the learning experience of the individual through flexible opportunities to access training locally, with the NPQH and NPQEL being delivered through quality hotel residentials and international placements?

  • Do they have an excellent reputation for customer care and treat me as an individual – supporting and tracking my progress and offering support and guidance when needed?

  • Can I contact past and present participants and exemplary headteachers involved in the programme to bare testament to the high quality professional learning experience?

At the “Alliance of Leading Learning” we are confident the answer to these questions is a resounding “YES”!

A quick way of sourcing all the information you may need to make a considered choice can be found here.

Your next steps as a future participant on the NPQ programmes or the lead on Professional Development in your school:

Step 1

The first and most important step is to make the right choice – quality professional learning will not be the cheapest, the easiest in terms of challenge or even the one most local.

Look up our Lead Delivery School sessions on our website.


Step 2

Secure your place by registering now.

*We had 120 participants this year on the NPQH and were full to capacity (with over 30 on a waiting list) and over 200 participants on the NPQML and 250 on the NPQSL.


Step 3

Following registration we will be in contact with confirmation of the details of your local provider’s information, your learning journey schedule and a guidance booklet.

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us via and we will happily respond to any queries you may have.

We look forward to supporting you in your leadership learning and ensuring your success!

Further Information (click/tap on the picture to find out more)

National Professional Qualification
for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

Cover of Training Manual National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

National Professional Qualification
for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

Cover of Training Manual National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
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