The National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) for those aspiring to, or already in, a leadership role across more than one school
Who is this for?
NPQEL is suitable for colleagues aspiring to, or already in, leadership roles across more than one school. This includes headteachers, executive headteachers, chief operating officers and directors of school improvement.
NPQEL provides the opportunity to recognise the achievements of leaders across a group of schools. Experienced and talented leaders will form Peer Leadership Challenge Groups, undertaking a joint improvement project, before embarking on a course of study covering strategic planning, organisation change and business development. Candidates have access to high-quality learning materials and accounts of practice from outstanding leaders, including executive leadership coaching. We will provide guest speakers from major UK businesses and peer mentors from different sectors to offer perspectives and approaches from outside the education system.
The qualification has a flexible combination of blended learning and support opportunities that includes face-to-face sessions, online learning, leadership learning groups, dedicated personal tutor and peer support. Candidates will complete three courses covering three learning areas: Strategy and Improvement, Teaching and Curriculum Excellence, and Managing Resources and Risks, each facilitated within a 4-week period. All focus on improving the effectiveness of leadership practice and developing behaviours around commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity and respect.
The face to face elements of our NPQ programmes are delivered in groups around specific locations. These locations are usually chosen for their ease of access and/or proximity to the majority of applicants.
What does it cost?
The National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership costs £4,950 to undertake with OLP inclusive of final assessment. Full DfE scholarship funding is available for leaders from schools in Category 5 & 6 areas subject to certain criteria.
More details about eligibility criteria for scholarship funding
Terms and conditions
Please make sure that you read our terms and conditions before you register.
In order to be accepted onto NPQEL with OLP, prospective candidates must first pass our gateway assessment process. Our gateway assessment has been designed to ensure the readiness and suitability of applicants to undertake the qualification.
Applications must have the support of a nominated sponsor who is required to assess the applicant against the seven NPQEL leadership behaviours and confirm their support of the application.
Applicants must upload a completed copy of their NPQEL gateway assessment form as part of their registration for the qualification.
The ‘NPQEL gateway assessment form’ is available to download below.
NPQEL gateway assessment form
How to register
Registrations are taken through our partner Best Practice Network. The registration window for programmes starting in Autumn 2019 is now open and will close on Friday 20 September 2019.