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NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)










The NPQEL programme is currently being delivered collaboratively between two Teaching School Hubs: Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and Saffron. Face-to-face conferences are held nationally in Birmingham.

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Programme breakdown

The NPQEL is designed for school leaders who are, or aspire to be, an Executive Headteacher or have a CEO role within a school trust with responsibility for leading several schools.

It may also be helpful for executive leaders responsible for other functions within a Trust seeking to broaden their understanding of educational leadership.

Designed with busy school leaders in mind, the NPQEL is delivered using a blend of online seminars, flexible online learning and face-to-face national conferences.


How will I learn?

You will develop and deepen executive leadership skills and knowledge built upon the latest evidence-based research.

Modules include:

  • School culture
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Behaviour
  • Additional and special educational needs
  • Professional development
  • Organisational management
  • Implementation
  • Working in partnership
  • Governance and accountability

How will I benefit?

  • Develop specialist expertise in running a multi-school organisation, gaining practical skills in effectively managing resources and establishing sustainable policies

  • Learn how to create a positive and effective culture across your organisation

  • Learn how to support school leaders and your senior team to put in place an evidence-informed approach to designing the curriculum

  • Build your skill-set to work effectively in partnership with the community and other schools and trusts

  • Build and expand your network across the country to learn from other executive leaders in the field 


A limited number of DfE scholarship funded places will be available to teachers and leaders from:

  • the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding
  • the 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage

Non-funded places: £3,890

Please see here for the NPQ funding announcement