- Executive school leaders
- Course duration
- 18 months
- Average weekly study time
1 to 2 hours
- Study type
Mix of self-study and group sessions
- Assessment type
Reflection based on case study (up to 2,500 words)
- Next start
Spring 2023 (apply now)
This 18-month course will help you gain confidence and develop skills in:
- the specialist expertise required to run a multi-school organisation
- developing processes and systems that enable and encourage collaboration between staff within and across schools
- effectively managing resources and establishing sustainable policies
Who this course is for
This course is for school leaders who are, or want to be an:
- executive headteacher
- or have a school trust chief executive role with responsibility for leading several schools
What you’ll learn
This course covers themes including:
- trust culture
- effective teaching
- supporting curriculum and assessment development
- additional and special educational needs
- professional development
- organisational management
You’ll also learn about:
- implementation strategies
- working in partnership with parents and carers
- governance and accountability
How you and your school could benefit
Excel as an executive leader
Set an ambitious vision for your schools or trust and create the conditions and culture needed for staff and pupils to thrive.
Learn from experts
Join one-to-one coaching sessions where you’ll get advice from experts and tailored feedback on your performance.
This programme is designed to be completed alongside your daily role. It is delivered in short, bite-sized chunks which will fit around your existing commitments.
Form a strong support network
Connect with other school leaders, share your collective expertise and build a network with people who face similar challenges as you.
Focus on your specific needs
Traditionally, professional development in leadership has focused on personal traits, such as the qualities of dynamic and charismatic leadership. This course pays more attention to tackling the persistent problems of your daily role.
The DfE-approved providers offering this NPQ have designed their course content around an evidence-based framework.
The course covers 10 topics, with a mix of self-study and group coaching sessions, as well as face-to-face sessions with other participants.
On average you will need to spend between 1 and 2 hours per week working towards completing this NPQ. Where possible, you should do this during dedicated career development time in school hours.
You can train with one of the following providers:
- Ambition Institute
- Best Practice Network (home of Outstanding Leaders Partnership)
- Church of England
- Education Development Trust
- LLSE (Leadership Learning Securing Excellence)
- National Institute of Teaching
- Teacher Development Trust
- Teach First
- UCL Institute of Education
They work with delivery partners, such as teaching school hubs, to provide training.
How this NPQ is assessed
To get your NPQ accreditation you’ll need to:
- complete the course
- pass a written assessment up to 2,500 words) at the end
Your course provider will be able to give you more details about how the assessment works.
Full DfE funding, with no cost to the participant, is available to staff from:
- state-funded schools in England
- state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England
You can do more than one NPQ, but will only be eligible for funding for each NPQ once. If you withdraw or fail your course you cannot get funded again for the same NPQ.
Speak to your line manager to get support for you doing this NPQ.
Once you have your school’s approval, they’ll be able to help you choose a training provider.
Register with us so we can confirm you’re eligible to take this course for free.