National Professional Qualification in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

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In 18 months, you will develop the expertise you need to become an outstanding executive leader, leading change and improvement across your group of schools or multi-academy trust.

Who is it suitable for?

To apply you must be a school leader who is, or is aspiring to be, an executive headteacher or have a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools. Participants must be in a headteacher role or above currently.

Example roles

  • Executive Headteacher
  • Headteacher/Principal
  • CEO (in first year)

Our delivery partners and their programmes

Our national lead providers, Ambition Institute and Education Development Trust adheres to the National NPQ content framework. Leadership NPQs take around 18 months to complete, and as part of the application process you should select a preferred provider.

When studying for a leadership NPQ programme you will receive the following:

National Professional Qualification in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

4 blocks of input over 18 months, based around the themes of:

  • Leading improvement
  • Culture
  • Conditions
  • Classroom.

This includes:

  • 5 x half day face-to-face (or online if needed) core training sessions facilitated by experienced school leaders
  • 5 live, 2 hour facilitated twilight webinars to cement and consolidate learning with your group
  • A series of reading & video-based activities (self-study, online) for each of the 4 blocks – you can complete these at a time to suit you
  • Diagnostic assessment activity for each block (self-study, online) – you can complete these at a time to suit you
  • Support for final assessment.

National Professional Qualification in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)
  • Two full day conferences – one launch day and one part way through the programme – face to face or online
  • 8 x online self-study ‘courses’ – one every six weeks
  • Peer support from a buddy pair or in a trio
  • Little and often approach, with self-study each week at a time which suits you
  • 7 x after school ‘clinics’ over the 18 months
  • 6 optional ‘community’ twilight sessions – problem solving with peers
  • Support for final assessment – no school improvement task.
How to Apply

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