National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) for UK Schools


  Are you still finalising your Autumn 2021 NPQ application?   Our team is here to assist you. 

Full NPQ scholarships are available for candidates from eligible schools - see NPQ Scholarship Update for more information.



NPQs: Reformed for 2021

The reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are a suite of DfE accredited qualifications for school leaders, designed to support professional development - helping school leaders and teachers become more effective.

All of the qualifications are based on brand new NPQ Frameworks which draw from the very latest evidence and research and complete the golden thread, running from initial teacher training through to school leadership, rooting teacher and school leader development in the best available evidence and collective wisdom of the profession. 

These qualifications have recently been reformed; the previous four options have now become six. While three leadership NPQs remain, we now offer three specialist NPQs for middle leaders, with a focus on expertise in specific areas. This to better prepare teachers and leaders for the next step in their chosen career path.   

 

Scholarships

For schools within the top 30th percentile in relation to Pupil Premium, full scholarships are available for any of our NPQs. There is no limit to how many scholarships a single school can claim but schools should bear in mind that NPQ participants must attend face-to-face events where applicable. Please visit our NPQ Scholarship Announcement for more information or contact us to confirm your school's scholarship status.

Apprenticeships

We offer three Apprenticeship with NPQ programmes which come with either the full NPQSL, NPQH or NPQEL. These apprenticeships offer extra support and training and lead to participants being awarded an extra recognised apprenticeship standard as well as the full NPQ - funding for these programmes comes by way of the Apprenticeship Levy.  The following Apprenticeships with NPQs are available:

Specialist NPQs

Our NPQ in 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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Our NPQ in 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 in 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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Leadership NPQs

Our NPQ in 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 in 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 in 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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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 Accreddited

  • # 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 Accreddited

  • # 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 Accreddited

  • # 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 Accreddited

  • # face-to-face days

    4

  • # 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 Accreddited

  • # face-to-face days

    5

  • # 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 Accreddited

  • # face-to-face days

    6 (including 1 x 2 day event)

  • # online LEARNING hours

    38

  • Personal Online Tutor

  • performance Coaching

    10 hours

  • total learning hours

    124

  • Assessment

    Case study scenario

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Apprenticeships with NPQs

The following Apprenticeship programmes offer a standalone NPQ with the added benefits of extended leadership training, extra content & resources and the wraparound support offered by a dedicated Apprenticeship Tutor. Funding comes by way of a school's Apprenticeship Levy pot or government co-investment.

The Senior Leaders Apprenticeship with NPQSL Level 5 has been designed for aspiring, or recently appointed, senior leaders looking to improve their leadership capability and capacity.     
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The Headteacher Apprenticeship with NPQH Level 7 has been designed for aspiring or recently appointed executive leaders looking to improve their leadership capability. 
 
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The Executive Leaders Apprenticeship with NPQEL Level 7 has been designed for aspiring or recently appointed executive leaders looking to improve their leadership capability. 
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Why Choose OLP?

Outstanding Leaders Partnership is a national, school-led partnership recently rated an ‘exceptional training provider’ by the DfE Quality Assurance Agent.  It is supported by Best Practice Network.

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, participant, 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.

Our Impact

Outstanding Leaders Partnership has trained over 12,000 school leaders since 2017 and together with Best Practice Network is the leading training provider to education professionals in England.

In addition to the National Professional Qualifications, we offer school leader and early years apprenticeships, Early Years Initial Teacher Training, the National Award for SEN Coordination, Higher Level Teaching Assistant status and the level 4 diploma for School Business Managers. 

We are also excited to be able to add training and support for Early Career Teachers and their Mentors to our programme suite as a DfE approved national provider for the Early Career Framework reforms.

 We exceed a 93% pass rate across all our programmes

  We have exceeded DfE metrics for the NPQs for school leaders for the last 5 years – see metrics here

  97% of candidates would recommend us to a colleague

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 supported by Best Practice Network (BPN), an accredited and award-winning national organisation that specialises in professional development training for schools and nurseries.



"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.