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


Next Intake Autumn 2022




National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

The 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 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.  

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.

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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 with 10 years experience of providing relevant, focused high-quality professional development across the education sector.

By choosing OLP schools can be confident that the programmes their staff will follow are founded upon the following four pillars.

1. Our programmes are evidence-based

The content of our programmes is based upon the latest research into effective teaching and leadership strategies.

The processes underpinning our programme design encourage participants to rigorously explore and test these research findings in their own contexts.

2. Our programmes focus on implementation

We know that providing teachers and leaders with evidence of effective strategies for improving outcomes for children and young people is essential, but alone this is not sufficient if planned changes are to become 

deep-rooted and sustained. Leaders also need to understand the complexities involved when implementing change. Our programmes provide high-quality guidance on the tools and techniques available

3. Our programmes measure impact

We constantly challenge our participants, and ourselves, to ask ‘what difference is this making to children in your school’? This is a theme visited at regular intervals during our programmes and culminates in an individual end of programme impact review.


We know our programmes do make a difference as evidenced through our Annual Reviews and a DfE Review which commended OLP’s ‘exceptional performance’ against most areas of their Quality Framework.

4. Our programmes are part of the Golden Thread

By consistently choosing OLP schools can be confident that their staff are developing shared understandings and a common professional language which will support, enrich, and enhance their school improvement strategies.

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

    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

    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

    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

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 programme.

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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