At a glance


Course duration
Course duration
18 - 21 Months

Face-to-face events
Face-to-face Events
2 - 6

Online learning


Total learning hours
Total Learning Hours
77-116 hours


Why complete a Leadership NPQ?

Successful senior leaders need a well-rounded view of school leadership, going beyond just your current areas of responsibility. Each NPQ allows you to fill any knowledge gaps that you may have. This is vital preparation for moving into both senior and strategic roles.

Who should apply?

We encourage both current and aspiring leaders to apply for their chosen NPQ programme. Aspiring school leaders gain the knowledge and skills needed to progress into their new roles.

Current school leaders make up a large proportion of our participants. They benefit from being able to update and hone their leadership styles according to the latest evidence and research. To be eligible, please bear in mind that you will need at least 2 full years teaching experience.



This programme is ideal for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.

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This 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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This 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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This programme is for leaders qualified to at least Level 3 with a full and relevant qualification who are, or are aspiring to be, nursery managers, headteachers and childminders.

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This programme gives you the necessary help and support to flourish as a headteacher. This programme is designed to offer additional support to leaders who are within the first 5 years of headship as well as those currently looking to complete NPQ for Headship (NPQH) with Best Practice Network.

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This programme gives you the necessary skills to support children with special educational needs(SEN). Designed for current and aspiring SENCOs and school leaders.    

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Leader Programmes with NPQ

NPQH and NPQEL can also be completed alongside a Level 7 apprenticeship whilst NPQSL can be completed alongside a Level 5 apprenticeship. The apprenticeship route is up to 100% fully funded through the Apprenticeship Levy Fund. It offers an integrated learning approach with a personal coach, 1:1 reviews, and online learning. On completion, you will be awarded an extra recognised apprenticeship standard as well as your NPQ.


School Leader Programme (with NPQSL) Level 5

For aspiring or recently appointed senior leaders looking to improve their leadership capability.

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Headteacher Programme (with NPQH) Level 7

For aspiring or recently appointed headteachers looking to develop and apply the knowledge that underpins expert school leadership.

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Executive Leader Programme (with NPQEL) Level 7

For current and aspiring Executive Leaders wishing to lead change and improvement across a group of schools or multi-academy trust.

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"I would like to express how delighted we are as a school with the NPQ programme so far. I have two members of staff participating and the skills and knowledge they have gained so far is incredible."

Rebecca Lyon | Headteacher | Barkston & Syston CoE Primary School



NPQ scholarships for the Autumn 2024 Cohort are extremely limited, so please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The limited funding will target those teachers and leaders who work in the most challenging schools or educational settings, serving more disadvantaged communities. The limited scholarships will cover the full NPQ course cost and will be available to teachers and leaders from:

  • The 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding
  • 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage

Scholarships will continue to be available through Best Practice Network to all teachers and leaders from publicly funded schools and 16 to 19 educational organisations for the following:

  • NPQ for SENCOs
  • NPQ for Headship
  • EHCO (Early Headship Coaching Offer)