National Professional Qualification for 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.

The DfE NPQEL Framework can be found here.

Areas of Study

  • School culture
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Behaviour
  • Additional and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Professional Development
  • Organisational Management
  • Implementation
  • Working in Partnership
  • Governance and Accountability

Delivery Model

A flexible and accessible blended learning model combining in-person workshops, online seminars, webinars and a range of independently organised learning activities and peer networking.

 Face to face workshops  Opportunities to bring learning to life in your context, reflect with other professionals and benefit from expert facilitation.  16hrs
 Seminars  In person facilitated online learning to complement in-school implementation and private study.  10hrs
 Coaching  The opportunity to unleash your strengths and engage in focussed professional dialogue about your development.  6hrs
Webinars Engage with virtual learning aligned to your subject / phase / contect allowing for increased specialisation in the content covered. 8hrs
Self-Directed Learning Engage with a wide range of online content including the EEF evidence base materials. 10hrs
Communities of Practice Establish and build a community of likeminded leaders serving in your locality as well as participating in regional and national groups where applicable. 6hrs
Self-Audit Working with your coach and other colleagues to review your development as your progress through the course. 4hrs
Formative Assessment Opportunities to reflect on the progress you make as you learn more and can do more as a result of your participation and engagement with the NPQ materials. 2hrs
Case Study Supporting you to apply your learning and implement change in your own context utilising an evidence informed approach. 8hrs



Formative assessment takes place throughout the programme, helping you understand the progress you are making, and facilitators to adapt your learning experiences.

Summative assessment takes the form of a 1500-word response to a case study, completed in a single 8-day window at the end of your programme. The assessment will give you the opportunity to demonstrate how you would deploy the knowledge, skills and understanding gained through the NPQ to lead and implement a specific aspect of change.

Further information about assessment can be found here


The taught elements of your NPQEL course will take place over an 18 month period. This will be followed by the completion of your summative assessment which must be submitted within an 8 day period following completion of your course. The whole of the assessment process including submission of your summative assessment, marking and moderation will take a total of 3 months.

If you join a November 21 start cohort, the taught elements of your course will be complete by May 2023. The following assessment period to include submission, marking and moderation will be complete by August 2023.

If you join a February 2022 start cohort, the taught elements of your course will be complete by August 2023. The following assessment period to include submision, marking and moderation will be complete by November 2023.

Funding and eligibility criteria

Full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant, for the NPQ in Executive Leadership is available to those who meet the following criteria:

  • are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher or have a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools
  • work in a state-funded school in England that is within the top 30th percentile in relation to pupils on pupil premium as of the end of the previous academic year

Course fee



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