National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)
for International Schools

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are a voluntary suite of qualifications, designed to support the professional development of teachers and leaders and accredited by England's Department for Education (DfE).

Flexibly Delivered Around Your Timetable


Award 30-60 Master's Credits

Remote Online Delivery to International Schools


Apply by 17 December










What are National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)?

The prestigious National Professional Qualifications (NPQs), already widely recognised and trusted by the international schools sector, are accredited by England's 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.

"I speak very highly about the programme because of its practicality and the fact that I’m working with principals around the world. For me it’s really refreshing to know that someone else is in a similar position to me and that we can easily share ideas"
Bev Ross, NPQH, Deputy Principal, International School, Guandong Province, China 

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

  

“The high-quality, research-based course material, coupled with the ongoing leadership discourse, through forums and online meetings, have given me opportunities to reflect on and adapt my current leadership practices. The qualification further strengthened my leadership capacity and enabled me to build on my professional network within the international teaching community of Hong Kong."
Natasha Williams, NPQEL, Secondary Principal, Renaissance College, Hong Kong 

Specialist NPQs

Our NPQ Leading Teaching (NPQLT) programme is ideal for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.
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Our NPQ Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC) programme is ideal for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and culture and/or supporting pupil well-being in their school.  
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Our NPQ Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD) programme  is ideal for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school. 
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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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“The online learning platform has worked well and our team have been very happy with the standard of support they’ve received from facilitators and their mentors. I would recommend the programmes to fellow leaders of British international schools. I want my team to be able to take responsibility for their areas and run with them, and these programmes will help them to do that.”
Stephen Viner, NPQEL, Principal, The British International School, Saudi Arabia

Leadership NPQs

Our NPQ Senior Leadership (NPQSL) programme is ideal for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities. 
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Our NPQ Headship (NPQH) programme is ideal for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school. 
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Our NPQ Executive Leadership (NPQEL) programme is ideal for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher with responsibility for leading more than one school. 
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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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"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

Why Choose OLP?

Accredited by the UK Department for Education (DfE), 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.

The Outstanding Leaders Partnership is an international, 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.