National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

National Professional Qualifications NPQs are a national, voluntary suite of qualifications, designed to support the professional development of teachers and leaders.

Flexibly Delivered Around Your Timetable


Award 30-60 Master's Credits

Free to Access for State Funded Schools in England


Apply by 17 December



National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

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

Full NPQ scholarships, covering the entire cost of the qualification, are available for all colleagues working in state-funded schools, across all phases. As well as state-funded schools, all state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England are eligible for full NPQ scholarships.

There is no limit to how many scholarships a single school can receive but please bear in mind that NPQ participants will attend face-to-face events during term time as part of the course. Online-only NPQ delivery is available to candidates on request.

 Contact us for more information. 

 

Apprenticeships

We offer three Apprenticeships 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:

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.

    Specialist NPQs

    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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    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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    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

    Find out more

    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

    Find out more

    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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    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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    NPQ + Apprenticeship

    Stand out from the crowd and complete NPQSL, NPQH or NPQEL whilst at the same time working towards either the Level 5 Manager Standard or Level 7 Revised Senior Leader standard.

    These programmes are funded by the Apprenticeship Levy or government co-investment and come with a whole raft of extra support, resources and content compared with completing a standalone NPQ.

    Participants receive added support in the form of monthly meetings with a dedicated Apprenticeship Tutor. Our Apprenticeship Tutors are themselves experienced school leaders and headteachers and are able to offer invaluable assistance and advice for the duration of the programe.

    Give the team a call on 0117 920 9428 to find out more.

    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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