National Professional Qualification
for Executive Leadership

National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Executive Leadership

NPQEL gives participants all of the essential knowledge, skills and concepts that underpin successful executive leadership.  Participants will cover ‘learn that’ and ‘learn how to’ statements in ten areas:

  • 1 – School Culture
  • 2 – Teaching
  • 3 – Curriculum and Assessment
  • 4 – Behaviour
  • 5 – Additional and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • 6 – Professional Development
  • 7 – Organisational Management
  • 8 – Implementation
  • 9 – Working in Partnership
  • 10 – Governance and Accountability
  • See the NPQEL Framework tab for full programme content

What are the benefits?

The fully blended learning approach combined with performance  coaching and enrichment activities make this an exciting and valuable opportunity for current and aspiring executive leaders.

The NPQEL qualification is aligned to Masters credits and can act as a springboard on to Liverpool Hope University’s MA in Leading in Education or the MBA in Educational Leadership.


Benefits for Participants

    • National and international networking
    • Increased awareness and understanding of self and of the behaviours needed to lead across multiple organisations
    • Opportunity to reflect on relevant research and pedagogy and leadership practice
    • Access to high-quality feedback and ongoing interaction with qualified performance coaches
    • Increased capability and capacity to take on a multi-school organisation - having the skills, knowledge and understanding to do the job more effectively

Benefits for schools

      • Increased national networking and partnership opportunities
      • Insight into the systems, sectors and sources of effective leadership practice
      • A professionally aware and informed leader who can make evidence-based strategic decisions and approach new challenges in an effective and efficient manner
      • The ability to review and evaluate practice in order to bring about change and get the best for young people and staff within the organisation


    Why did you sign up for the NPQEL with OLP?

    What has been a highlight of the NPQEL programme for you?

    Has the programme made a difference to you personally as a leader in terms of behaviour?

    How is NPQEL delivered?

    NPQEL makes use of a blended delivery model consisting of face-to-face events, online study, webinars and coaching.

    NPQEL participants will attend 6 face-to-face events (including 1 x 2 day conference) via the blended delivery model. Our nationwide delivery partnership network  allows us to bring face-to-face training to a regional conference centre ,  facilitated by experienced  school leaders and facilitators.

    Participants access online learning and support via our virtual learning environment (VLE) Canvas. Through Canvas, participants are able to engage with learning communities of  peers and access multimedia content. They can also access research and expert school-led practice aligned to the curriculum content for the qualification and receive high-quality feedback from experienced performance coaches. 


    Online-only Delivery Model

    NPQEL participants can choose to complete the programme via our virtual online delivery model. This delivery model includes virtual live online events to replace face-to-face events.  

    NPQEL Qualification Structure

    Who is this for?

    NPQEL is suitable for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher with responsibility for leading several schools and have a minimum of three years as a headteacher or head of school. 

    What does it cost?

    Fees to be confirmed.

    Programme outline