NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

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.

Develop specialist expertise in running a multi-school organisation

Learn how to develop processes and systems that enable and  encourage collaboration between staff within and across your schools. You’ll gain practical skills in effectively managing resources and establishing sustainable policies.

Connect with and learn from other executive leaders in the field  

Build and expand your network of teaching contacts across the country.  Gain valuable fresh perspectives from other leaders in similar roles.

Programme Structure

This 21-month programme (18 months’ delivery and three months for assessment) consists of a series of courses based on the DfE’s NPQ frameworks. Each course cycle features:

  • Evidence-based online content to refresh and build knowledge, as well as exemplify what this looks like for your role and level of leadership
  • A formative assessment task to support your learning
  • A face-to-face seminar with a group of peers, facilitated by a serving school leader or Teach First Development Lead –you’ll analyse and reflect on the task and hear further examples of good practice
  • The opportunity to record reflections and consolidate learning

This cycle repeats throughout the programme, with implementation a consideration in every course. You’ll develop expertise in the knowledge, skills and concepts for areas of trust-level responsibility related to your role. These include trust culture, working in partnership and organisational management. Our content is informed by the best and most recent evidence and developed with input from school leaders and subject matter experts.

Towards the end of the programme, you’ll also take a course focused specifically on effective implementation. This provides an opportunity to complete a significant but manageable change project as part of your role. There will be ongoing support through a seminar group and discussion forum.

Programme objectives

This programme will help you to:

  • Develop as a leader with trust-level responsibility
  • Access content across a breadth of areas such as organisational management, working in partnership, and additional and special educational needs and disabilities
  • Effectively implement change and improvement in an area you identify as a trust priority.

Modules include:

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

Cost: This programme is fully funded for all teachers and school leaders in state funded schools.

Sign up

Register your interest for our November 2022 cohort below.