NPQ Comparison Chart

National Professional Qualifications - Which one is right for you?

NPQML NPQSL NPQH NPQEL
Who's it for? Aspiring or current middle leaders leading across a team Aspiring or current senior leaders leading across a school Aspiring or current headteachers leading a school Aspiring or current executive leaders with responsibility across more than one school
Who can apply?
  • Key Stage leader
  • Curriculum leader
  • Subject leader
  • Head of Department
  • Any similar leadership role
  • Deputy Headteacher
  • SEN Coordinator
  • Assistant Headteacher
  • Any similar leadership role
  • NLE
  • Deputy Headteacher
  • Assistant Headteacher
  • Headteacher
  • Any similar leadership role
  • Headteachers
  • Executive Headteachers
  • School Improvement Directors
  • Any similar leadership role
Intakes Autumn & Spring Autumn & Spring Autumn & Spring Autumn & Spring
Duration 12–18 months 12–18 months 12–18 months 12–18 months
DfE funding available ✓ * ✓ * ✓ * ✓ *
DfE accredited
No. of face-to-face days 3 3 5 6 incl two 2-day residentials
No. of online courses 3 3 3 3
Personal online tutor
Coaching
Guided learning hours 84 84 106 115
Assessment School improvement project across a team School improvement project across whole school Two school improvement projects in own school and placement school Design improvement strategy for own school and lead a project to improve progress and attainment across several schools
Master's credits Up to 40** Up to 60** Up to 100** Up to 60**

* applicable for schools in category 5 & 6 areas and MATs or Dioceses with 1 school in category 5 or 6 area

** number of credits awarded is at the discretion of universities

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