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What is the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL)?

The NPQEL will be running from February 2024

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.

You will be learning alongside inspirational leaders from a wide range of contexts, drawing on the leading expertise nationally, high profile inputs and the opportunities to develop and sustain long-term national networks.

Our curriculum aims to develop expertise that is flexible and allows participants to respond to the challenges they will encounter in a range of contexts.

How long is the programme? 

There are ten units are delivered within three cycles over the 18 month course duration

Cycle One

  • Trust Culture
  • Organisational Management
  • Teaching

Cycle Two

  • Working in Partnership
  • Governance and Accountability
  • Implementation and Case Study

Cycle Three

  • Professional Development
  • Curriculum and Assessment
  • Behaviour
  • Additional and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

How much is the programme? 

The cost of the programme is £4,085.

Full funding is available for all teachers who work in state-funded schools and state-funded 16-19 institutions in England.