Executive Leaders Apprenticeship with NPQEL Level 7

NPQEL Apprenticeship

Extend your leadership training and gain an extra qualification with the Executive Leader Apprenticeship with NPQEL.

Includes extra 1:1 coaching, additional content and support - all funded through the Apprenticeship Levy or Co-Investment.

Executive Leaders Apprenticeship with NPQEL Level 7

The Executive Leader Apprenticeship with NPQEL Level 7 has been designed for aspiring or recently appointed executive leaders looking to improve their leadership capability. Participants complete the Level 7 revised Senior Leader apprenticeship standard which includes a DfE-accredited NPQEL.

Completion of Level 7 revised Senior Leader apprenticeship standard

Full National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership

Aligns with recognition by: Chartered Management Institute – Chartered Fellow, The Institute of Leadership and Management – Fellow

An experienced tutor guides you through both the apprenticeship and the National Professional Qualification (NPQ)

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

Apprenticeship Levy funding or co-investment from the ESFA

Candidates completing the dual award benefit from:

    • 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
    • The ability to make informed 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
    • One-to-one support from a dedicated personal tutor including monthly check-ins online & in-person
  • Time set-aside from your working day to engage in learning
  • Entitlement to an NUS student discount card
  • Access to FranklinCovey resources

How is the programme delivered?

An apprenticeship focuses on the holistic development of the appropriate skills, knowledge and behaviours, designed in partnership with cross-sector industries, to ensure bespoke coverage of all the relevant requirements of leading and managing at a senior/executive level at your setting or across multiple organisations.

Engaging with an apprenticeship is both a challenging and rewarding commitment which will fully prepare you for the demands and rewards of senior leadership. The image below outlines the components of the programme with the NPQ elements in blue and the apprenticeship elements in pink.

Learning Hours

To view the total learning hours of the Executive Leader Apprenticeship with NPQEL compared to the standalone NPQEL, please view the image below:

How is NPQEL delivered?

As outlined above, 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, access multimedia content, research and expert school-led practice aligned to the curriculum content for the qualification and receive high-quality feedback from experienced performance coaches.  and submit work for assessment.


Leaders Apprenticeship Webinar

On 8th December, 2021, our NPQ and Apprenticeships teams delivered a webinar consisting of a 30 minute presentation about the Leaders Apprenticeships followed by a Q&A session. 

The presentation covered all aspects of a Leaders Apprenticeship including a look at the programme delivery structure, the role of the Apprenticeship Tutor and how to go about accessing Apprenticeship Levy funding. Please find a recording of the webinar below. The slides used during the presentation can be downloaded here

Am I eligible?

The Executive Leader Apprenticeship (with NPQEL) Level 7 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.


Candidates must be able to evidence level 2 English and Maths prior to undertaking end-point assessment.

Applicants must be a serving Head Teacher (or equivalent role) with a minimum of 3 years’ experience.

All applicants must have either QTS, QTLS, a Level 5 (or higher) qualification (any subject), or an international equivalent (see below). You must be able to evidence this with a copy of your certificate.

For those with QTS, you can download a copy of your certificate here https://teacherservices.education.gov.uk/SelfService/Login.

For those with QTLS, you can download a copy of your certificate here https://set.et-foundation.co.uk/my-set/my-profile. If for any reason you are unable to provide a copy of your certificate, you will need to ask a representative from the school where you are teaching to contact Capita Teachers' Pensions. Your employer should know how to do this via the Capita employer portal https://www.teacherspensions.co.uk/.

If do not have QTS or QTLS, you will need evidence completion of a Level 5 qualification (any subject). For International applicants, you will need to apply for a UK ENIC Statement of Comparability https://enic.org.uk/Qualifications/SOC/Default.aspx to demonstrate your Level 5 qualification is comparable to UK qualifications.

Where do I find further information about NPQEL?

Our Executive Leader dual award includes the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL). For more information about NPQEL click here.

Best Practice Network is the leading provider of NPQEL nationally and the quality of our provision is rated ‘Exceptional’ by the DfE’s external quality assurance agent.

You can view our performance against the national metrics here.

How do I access the funding?

You can access funding for the Executive Leader Apprenticeship with NPQEL from your school’s Apprenticeship Levy. Schools will be able to access the funding through their apprenticeship service (AS) account.

If your school needs help setting up your AS account, just let us know and we’ll guide you through it.

The Leaders Apprenticeship with NPQEL costs £14,000 from Apprenticeship Levy funds or co-investment for non-levy payers where the government pays 95% (the NPQEL standalone cost is £4095).

The level of funding depends on each candidate’s learning needs, with a maximum allocation of £14,000 to cover the cost of the apprenticeship. 

What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

The levy is paid by large employers with a wage bill of over £3 million. These employers pay 0.5% of their total annual pay bill into the levy. Most state-maintained schools and multi-academy trusts pay into the levy.

The levy is designed to create long term sustainable funding for apprenticeships and to give employers more control to provide their staff with a range of training opportunities.

Apprenticeship funded training is designed for both new and existing staff members.

If your school is not a levy payer or has exhausted its levy funds, the government will pay 95% of tuition fees with your school paying the remaining 5%. Please contact us if you would like more information. 

How do I apply?

We are now accepting applications for the Executive Leader Apprenticeship with NPQEL Level 7 Autumn 2024 Intake. Click below to apply.

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