National Professional Qualifications
(NPQs) for International Schools
Suitable for school leaders at each stage of their career, NPQs are fully accredited by the UK Department for Education and recognised as the gold standard across the globe.
We are able to offer distance learning pathways, giving learners flexible access to programme delivery, facilitated through online webinars, courses, one-to-one coaching and peer discussion. Candidates on our NPQ programmes get access to the highest quality development – crafted by practising professionals and CPD experts and delivered in a way that is attuned to demanding work schedules. The distance learning pathway for the NPQs has been designed to support and challenge candidates to develop their leadership in the same way in which the face to face pathway does.
Find out more about distance learning in the Delivery section below.
As well as distance delivery, we are delighted to be able to offer our NPQs in the following international regional groups:
Best Practice Network partners with schools and educators in over 60 countries. Join our growing network of training centres and deliver UK accredited qualifications across your region.
"I know the quality of the provision Best Practice Network offers; the training of the facilitators and the support and follow through for course participants. They have a good standing and reputation within the UK educational field and will both support us in this new venture in the UAE and ensure the participants and deliverers are helped to make it a success."
Who is this for?
NPQs for international schools are suitable for school leaders at each stage of their career, starting with Middle Leadership and progressing to Senior Leadership, Headship, and finally to Executive Leadership.
Candidates access the highest quality development – crafted by practising professionals and CPD experts and delivered in a way that is attuned to demanding work schedules. Content is contextualised to the needs of international school leaders.
Our internationally delivered qualifications include:
We offer the opportunity to access UK accredited qualifications that improve learner skills, knowledge and effectiveness as follows:
Benefits for learners include:
- Qualifications accredited by the UK Department for Education and fully transferable for leaders relocating to UK schools
- Content contextualised to the needs of the international schools workforce and underpinned by robust evidence and expertise
- Masters credits towards an MA in Educational Leadership
Benefits for schools include:
- Increased workforce capacity, capability and confidence
- Staff retention and succession
- Research-based improvement activity addressing priority needs
Candidates are expected to complete the qualification within a 12 month period and benefit from:
- either distance learning or a blend of online learning and face-to-face training events
- three guided online courses working alongside peers
- regular online conferences to support and complement learning
- access to two 360° leadership skills diagnostics
- support from a nominated in-school mentor
- facilitation from serving school leaders in outstanding schools
- local and flexible access to high-quality leadership training
- dedicated online tutor to support school improvement project planning
- mobile-enabled virtual learning environment enabling flexible access to course resources and support community
- up to 100 masters credits available depending on your choice of qualification
How is it delivered?
1. Distance Learning
International school leaders can now access our DfE accredited qualifications without having to return to the UK.
Our distance learning pathways provide learners’ flexible access to programme delivery, facilitated through online webinars, courses, one-to-one coaching and peer discussion. Programme content is tailored for the needs of international school leaders and events are scheduled to reflect their locality.
Candidates opting for this pathway follow a similar structure and undertake three online courses. Often the distance candidates are in the same group as one another as the settings and circumstances they work in present different experiences to colleagues in more traditional UK schools. Distance candidates are often from overseas schools and benefit from sharing experiences and challenges which are unique to working abroad.
Distance colleagues are supported by an experienced online facilitator for their online courses as well as the additional learning tasks. Distance learners have additional tasks to undertake which mirror those done by colleagues who attend face to face days. These occur after the online courses and within a given timeframe. The benefits of these are that candidates are able to access the recordings and information for each set of tasks to suit their own work pattern. The task completion window is usually two weeks, again allowing candidates to manage their own time and workload.
2. Whole School Training
Our team of expert facilitators can come to you, saving your school release costs and delivering content on-site, scheduled according to your needs, and tailored to meet your context.
Whole-school training presents a cost-effective, personalised approach to programme delivery and helps schools to ensure the capability, capacity, and confidence of their entire workforce.
3. Regional Training Centres
Join our growing network of training centres and deliver UK accredited qualifications across your region
Our regional training centre model helps schools to create a culture of development and growth that doesn’t just ensure the retention of staff but also attracts and nurtures talent, helping you to guarantee the succession of the very best school leaders.
What does it cost?
2019/2020 Price List
|Whole school training||
Based on a minimum group size of 10 candidates. Hosted on a school site. Excludes facilitator travel and subsistence.
Face-to-face activity and networking delivered through online briefings, peer-led activity and online seminars.
|Regional Training Centres||
*Groups will be hosted at regional training centres.
*To learn more about becoming a Regional Training Partner across your region, click here.