NPQ Application Process

Please note that Avila will only be offering NPQ Senior Leadership and NPQ Leading Teaching from February 2024.

To apply for any NPQ course please follow the steps below:


Register through the DfE Portal here (or the Church of England portal) This requires the following information:

  • Teacher Registration Number (TRN
  • Name as recorded by the Teacher Regulation Agency (TRA)
  • Choice of ‘Church of England’ as your provider
  • Once registration is complete the DFE will send the details to Church of England


You will be sent an application from Church of England and CES via email once your details have been sent through from the DfE registration. The form requires:

  • Choice of NPQ  and NPQ Route – ‘Standard’ if applying with Avila
  • Tick the box if you are part of our Leaders Like Us Programme (you will be aware if that is the case)
  • Choice of course start date
  • Choice of Lead Provider – ‘Avila (19 South London Catholic Schools)’
  • Once completed, a separate form will go to your sponsor (headteacher/principal/line manager) for them to approve your application. This can sometimes be filtered to junk so please ask your sponsor to look out for it. You cannot be offered a place without sponsor agreement.
  • This needs to be returned within 5 days of receipt.


Avila will receive your application and, once your sponsor has endorsed it, will issue a provisional offer – this can take up to a month. We will be in touch if we are unable to accept your application for any reason.


Once you are accepted onto the course, Avila will contact you with NPQ session timings and dates.

If you have any problems with your application please email

Upcoming Cohorts:

Cohort 6 – February 2024 – NPQLBC, NPQLT, NPQLTD, NPQLPM and NPQSL

Cohort 5 – November 2023 – NPQH (applications are now closed)