National Professional Qualification
(NPQs) for International Schools


What are National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)?

The prestigious National Professional Qualifications (NPQs), already widely recognised and trusted by the sector, are accredited by the Department for Education. They are designed to help you hone and develop the skills you already have, helping you become a more effective school leader and teacher in your school context.

Why Outstanding Leaders Partnership?

Accredited by the UK Department for Education, Outstanding Leaders Partnership, supported by Best Practice Network, is the leading provider of the National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) globally. Our NPQ provision has expanded rapidly across the international schools community with leaders and their schools choosing professional qualification as a driver for improvement and a mark of quality for their workforce.

We were recently rated ‘Exceptional’ by the DfE’s quality assurance agent and voted ‘Company of the Year’ at the BETT Awards. We are the market leader, and to date have supported over 500 candidates from 60+ countries to access and complete an NPQ.

Reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

From September 2021, reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) will offer teachers and leaders clearer development opportunities and career progression. These qualifications will build on key areas of the Early Career Framework (ECF), allowing for further specialisation and development of expertise and help prepare teachers and leaders for the next step in their careers. 

The reformed qualifications aim to:

  • help teachers hone and develop the skills they already have, helping them to become more effective leaders inside and outside the classroom and improving overall teaching quality
  • retain high-calibre teachers by offering clearer development opportunities and career progression

Specialist NPQs


National Professional Qualification: Leading Teaching

(NPQLT)

  • For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

  • Intakes

    Autumn & Spring

  • Duration

    12 months

  • Delivery Model

    Face-to-face or online-only

  • DfE Accredited

  • # face-to-face days

    3

  • # online Learning hours

    34

  • Personal Online Tutor

  • PERFORMANCE Coaching

    6 hours

  • Total learning hours

    82

  • Assessment

    Case study scenario

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National Professional Qualification: Leading Behaviour & Culture

(NPQLBC)

  • For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.

  • Intakes

    Autumn & Spring

  • Duration

    12 months

  • Delivery Model

    Face-to-face or online-only

  • DfE Accredited

  • # face-to-face days

    3

  • # online Learning hours

    34

  • Personal Online Tutor

  • PERFORMANCE Coaching

    6 hours

  • Total learning hours

    82

  • Assessment

    Case study scenario

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National Professional Qualification: Leading Teacher Development

(NPQLTD)

  • For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school. 

  • Intakes

    Autumn & Spring

  • Duration

    12 months

  • Delivery Model

    Face-to-face or online-only

  • DfE Accredited

  • # face-to-face days

    3

  • # online Learning hours

    34 

  • Personal Online Tutor

  • PERFORMANCE Coaching

    6 hours

  • total learning hours

    82

  • Assessment

    Case study scenario

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Leadership NPQs


National Professional Qualification:

Senior Leadership

(NPQSL)

  • For those who are, or aspire to be, senior leaders leading across a school

  • Intakes

    Autumn & Spring

  • Duration

    18 months

  • Delivery Model

    Face-to-face or online-only

  • DfE Accredited

  • # face-to-face HoURS

    24

  • # online LEARNING hours

    38

  • Personal Online Tutor

  • performance Coaching

    10 hours

  • Total learning hours

    98

  • Assessment

    Case study scenario

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National Professional Qualification:

Headship

(NPQH)

  • For those who are, or aspire to be, headteachers leading across a whole school       

  • Intakes

    Autumn & Spring

  • Duration

    18 months

  • Delivery Model

    Face-to-face or online-only

  • DfE Accredited

  • # face-to-face HOURS

    30

  • # online LEARNING hours

    38

  • Personal Online Tutor

  • performance Coaching

    10 hours

  • total learning hours

    112

  • Assessment

    Case study scenario

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National Professional Qualification:

Executive Leadership

(NPQEL)

  • For those who are, or aspire to be, executive leaders with responsibility across more than one school

  • Intakes

    Autumn & Spring

  • Duration

    18 months

  • Delivery Model

    Face-to-face or online-only

  • DfE Accredited

  • # face-to-face HOURS

    36

  • # online LEARNING hours

    38

  • Personal Online Tutor

  • performance Coaching

    10 hours

  • total learning hours

    124

  • Assessment

    Case study scenario

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Why Choose OLP?

The Outstanding Leaders Partnership is a national, school-led partnership recently rated as ‘exceptional’ by the DfE Quality Assurance Agent.

The quality review was based on the DfE National Professional Qualification (NPQ) Quality Framework.  The reviewers examined leadership and governance, face-to-face delivery, online courses, candidate, facilitator and tutor support, assessment, organisation, quality control, marketing and recruitment, as well as the DfE metrics and impact. The reviewers identified exceptional performance in most areas of the Quality Framework. 

Read the full summary of our DfE Quality Review results here.

"I got the headship! The course was absolutely instrumental in my success at interview – I felt so confident because of my reading and the work we’ve done on the face-to-face days and projects. Thank you for your support and encouragement – it really helped.”"
Gaynor Jones NPQH candidate

Watch the video below to learn more about Outstanding Leaders Partnership and hear how our qualifications have impacted the careers of teachers and the attainment of pupils.