NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

The Programme:

This programme is designed to develop specialist expertise in running a multi-school organisation and to develop processes and systems that enable and encourage collaboration between staff within and across a number of schools.

This programme is for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher or have a trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools.

The programme aims to help you, your schools and trust by:

  • Supporting your professional development through evidence-informed seminars and workshops
  • Working alongside other leaders of multi-school organisations to support the development of peer learning
  • Developing you as a trust leader with trust-level responsibility
  • Supporting you to set an ambitious vision for your schools and trust and create the conditions and culture needed for pupils and staff to thrive.

This is a 21-month programme involving 18 months’ delivery through seminar workshops and self-directed on-line learning and up to three months for assessment. The programme will give participants the essential knowledge, skills and concepts underpinning the successful leadership of a multi-school organistion. It will do so through exploring the following content modules based on the DfE’s NPQ frameworks:

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

For more information on the DfE’s NPQ framework, click here:

National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Executive Leadership Framework (

  • Evidence-based on-line content using Teach First materials exploring each of the content modules
  • Seminars providing you with an opportunity for peer learning and the consolidation of learning within each of the content modules
  • Two face-to-face conferences to provide further opportunity for peer learning combined with expert input from specialist practitioners.

The DfE have announced that NPQ funding from Autumn 2024 will now be targeted to those teachers and leaders working in the most challenging schools or educational settings, serving more disadvantaged communities.

Therefore, funding to cover the full NPQ cost will only be available to teachers and leaders from the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding. Comparative disadvantage measures will be applied for 16-19 educational settings.

There are a limited number of funded spaces available.

If your school is not eligible for DfE scholarship funding, the cost for the NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL) is £3,890.