About us

Over the past five years we have trained more than 3,000 school leaders from over 1,300 schools nationally and have a network of more than 50 teaching school partners contributing to the design and delivery of our award-winning qualifications.

The Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP) is a collaborative partnership of schools, teaching school alliances and multi-academy trusts accredited by the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver National Professional Qualifications. The partnership began as a collaboration between the Dean Trust, an expanding multi-academy trust with a very successful teaching school, Ashton-on-Mersey, at its heart, and Best Practice Network, an experienced national training organisation specialising in school leadership and other professional development opportunities. Since its inception the partnership has continued to grow and improve, extending the scope and capacity of its leadership provision. We have expanded beyond the North West of England, with the Outstanding Leaders Alliance from the East of England and the L.E.A.D. Academy Trust in the East Midlands coming under the banner of the OLP.

The partners have been working collaboratively together since 2012 to deliver NPQ programmes to school leaders across the country. We have extensive experience of course design and development on a range of accredited and bespoke education programmes. The quality of our programmes is highly regarded with the National College describing our delivery as “the Gold standard” and more recently, recognition at the 2016 National Technology Awards with a bronze award in the Best Blended Learning category.

Our aim

OLP aims to improve the quality of education delivered in schools across England through the delivery of world-class leadership development training. We are committed to meeting the needs of the school-led system through the provision of local, regional and national delivery strategies, measuring the impact of our work on learners, leaders and schools to drive continuous improvement.

We have the systems, tools, expertise and capacity required to design, deliver and assess leadership qualifications that address areas of need, drive social mobility and improve outcomes for children.

Successful outcomes

Of our graduates who underwent an Ofsted inspection, the proportion of schools deemed good or outstanding rose from 54% to 86%. Of those, 90% felt that their training had had a positive impact on the outcome.

The first time pass rate for final assessment is 96%. We guarantee 100% of those going for final assessment will be successful and provide ongoing support to that effect. To support this promise we integrated assessment materials, videos and webinars into our online and face-to-face content. At the point of completion, 54% of NPQH graduates had secured headships.

The future

We are looking to expand our network of school partners nationally and invite partners looking to work collaboratively with a national partnership to offer outstanding leadership training contextualised for, and delivered in, their locality.

Our school partners must be led by a Good or Outstanding school and are required to commit to our quality improvement and quality assurance procedures. Email info@outstandingleaders.org to find out more.