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 (publishing.service.gov.uk)

  • 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.

Teachers and leaders employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded organisations in England that offer education to 16–19-year-olds, will be able to access DfE funded training scholarships for all NPQs. This funding will be available to support participants undertaking NPQs in 22/23 and 23/24.

Organisations eligible to access funded training scholarships include:

  • independent special schools.
  • virtual schools (Local Authority run organisations that support the education of children in care).
  • hospital schools not already included in other categories of eligible organisations.
  • young offender institutions.

There’s extra funding per teacher on an NPQ for your school/setting if it falls into one of these categories:

  • state-funded primary schools with 1-150 pupils will receive a grant payment of £800
  • state-funded primary schools with 150+ pupils will receive a grant payment of £200
  • state-funded secondary schools / 16 to 19 educational settings with 1-600 pupils will receive a grant payment of £200.

If your school is not eligible for DfE scholarship funding, the cost for the NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL) is £4,099.