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NPQ for Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

For school leaders who are, or aspire to be, an Executive Headteacher or to have a CEO role within a school trust, with responsibility for leading several schools.

Participating in the programme has had a massive impact, providing me with clarity and the opportunity to network with colleagues. I’ve learned so much from listening to others and also having a framework to look at and reflect on what I do.

- Naveed Idrees, NPQEL participant


Apply for an NPQEL

Applications for our February 2024 NPQEL cohort have now closed. You can register your interest in joining a future cohort via our expression of interest form.

Express your interest in the NPQEL


Our programmes are designed to work for you. 

NPQEL features include:

  • One-to-one Executive Coaching - giving you the opportunity to reflect on your actions and to focus on specific goals
  • An executive leader residential event - proving the time and space to take part in presentations and workshops, network and collaborate with peers
  • Online self-study - accessible by participants anytime and anywhere, providing easy access for reference
  • Tailored content - through regular assessments, surveys and real life situations, so you can recognise yourself in examples and apply new techniques
  • Support - to make the transition from Headteacher to Executive Leader - where it's needed
  • Expert input - across a range of areas such as the CEO role, developing MATs, finance, governance, values led leadership and collaboration around school improvement priorities.

Discover NPQEL - download our brochure


100% satisfaction rate based on participants who completed EDT's NPQEL and said they were 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with the course


Facts about the programme

Duration: 18 months (plus 3 months for summative assessment process)
Hours of study: 87 including 6 hours of 1:1 coaching


Fees and Funding: Free to those who meet the scholarship eligibility criteria. The cost for school or self-funded participants outside of the criteria is £3,995


Scholarship eligibility criteria. Are you?:

  • An Executive Headteacher (or aspiring to be) or do you have a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools?
  • Working in a state-funded school or organisation that offers 16-19 places in England?

Our NPQEL programme is delivered centrally via Education Development Trust, rather than via delivery partners.