NPQEL (Executive Leadership)

Who is it for?

For school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher or have a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools.  NPQEL is designed to provide development for aspiring and current Executive Leaders, MAT leads, CEOs, Trust Improvement Directors, Executive Heads and Federation Leads.

You will be learning alongside inspirational leaders from a wide range of contexts, drawing on the leading expertise nationally, high profile inputs and the opportunities to develop and sustain long-term national networks.

Our curriculum aims to develop expertise that is flexible and allows participants to respond to the challenges they will encounter in a range of contexts.



Programme Overview


To find out more about NPQEL, or any of our other programmes, fill in our Expression of Interest form below and someone will be in touch.



Teaching cycles

Throughout the course you will cover:

Teaching Cycle 1: 

  • Trust culture
  • Organisational management
  • Teaching 

Teaching Cycle 2: 

  • Working in partnership
  • Governance and accountability
  • Implementation and case study

Teaching Cycle 3:

  • Professional development 
  • Curriculum and assessment 
  • Behaviour
  • Additional and special educational needs and disabilities

Your learning experience

Across the programme you will take part in five teaching cycles. Across these phases you can expect to learn through:

- Reading course materials and recommended texts

- Virtually delivered webinars

- Break out room discussions

- Online group discussion forums

- Listening to podcasts

- Watching video content

- Listening and note-taking

- Examples and discussion with experienced school leaders

- Expert coaching in a small group

- Skills practice within a small group

- Researching

- Reflection and journaling

For more detailed programme information take a look at the NPQEL Course Overview (PDF)


Programme dates

*Please note the next programme begins in October 2023.

NPQEL - January 2022 - March 2023



In order to successfully complete NPQH you will need to demonstrate at least 90% attendance at both Activate and Apply sessions.

You will also need to pass the summative assessment which takes place at the end of the programme. The summative assessment takes the form of a case study review and is completed as an open book assessment over an 8-day window. To pass you will need to achieve a mark of 60% of above.

Further information about assessment will become available throughout the course of your NPQ programme.



Cost: Fully funded to all state schools


Ready to apply?

Apply for a place on NPQEL for 2023/24

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