Fully-funded* leadership qualifications

*DfE eligibility criteria applies

Register before 20 September to secure your funding and place

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Outstanding Leaders Partnership to support PRUs with free NPQ places.

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Early Career Framework

Mentoring, materials and training support

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Who we are

The Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP) is a national network of over 80 Teaching School Alliances, Multi-Academy Trusts, Dioceses and schools groups working in collaboration to design, develop and deliver professional development for the education workforce. 

Our qualifications are all designed by serving school leaders and subject matter experts to form a coherent learning pathway and delivered via our school-led partnership, the Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP). The combination of online courses, face-to-face events and enrichment practice activity create a truly blended learning experience for school leaders across their whole career.

What we do

Accredited by the Department for Education, OLP is the leading provider of the National Professional Qualifications for school leadership (NPQs) helping improve the capability, confidence and capacity of thousands of school leaders, supporting tens of thousands of school staff, and impacting the life chances of millions of pupils.

The final application deadline for our Autumn 2019 intake is 20 September. Limited scholarship funding is available in some areas (see scholarship notice). Apply before 20 September to secure your funding and place. We strongly recommend early applications as places are limited.

Key principles of the Outstanding Leaders Partnership

  • Personalisation and choice
  • Flexible delivery to focus on the development needs of learners
  • Quality and relevance of qualification design and delivery
  • Empowering self-improvement and leadership impact
  • Contributing to the strategic improvement landscape

The partnership is managed by Best Practice Network (BPN), a national organisation that specialises in professional development training.

Over the last academic year, we have provided training















Award-Winning Programmes

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Our National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) programme is flexible and modular to enable candidates to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence required to lead high-performing teams and improve classroom practice.
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The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) provides recognition of leadership development and professional achievement for senior school leaders.
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The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is the first choice qualification for anyone aspiring to be a headteacher.
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The new National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) provides an opportunity for headteachers taking the next step to executive leadership with responsibility for more than one school.
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What our candidates, partners and network are saying about

Outstanding Leaders Partnership

Gaynor Jones
NPQH Candidate

I got the headship! There were 19 applicants, 6 on the day and 4 for face-to-face interviews. The course was absolutely instrumental in my success at interview - I used my vision, talked about leade...

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Kiana Erskine
NPQML Candidate

This course has been very useful to me as a leader as it is the area of leadership with which I have the least experience. I feel that I have gained a much more secure understanding of identifying pos...

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Ena Akinsoyinu
NPQSL Candidate

I have really enjoyed this course. The leading professional development has been my significant leadership learning from this course. This has been a big eye opener, and reading what others are doing ...

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Amanda Costello
NPQEL Candidate

Firstly, I would like to say I have enjoyed engaging with the resources and working group with my peers whilst learning more about ‘Teaching and curriculum Excellence. Using the NPQEL learning resou...

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Joanne Nelson
NPQSL Candidate

I cannot even begin to tell you how beneficial and relevant this unit has been to me personally. It has helped me to get through certain situations far better than I ever would have had I had not done...

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Jo Noble
NPQML Candidate

An outstanding day. The perfect balance between presentation, reflection and activities…Our facilitator is inspirational and manages to get people who don’t know each other working, thinking and l...

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Tanya Thomas
NPQSL Candidate

Today was really refreshing – to spend the time with aspiring leaders with such a range of attributes and understanding was very inspirational. The environment was set up beautifully so that we unde...

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