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Fully-funded for you

As an invitation recipient, you are eligible for a full scholarship for NPQEL.

The Department for Education has confirmed that it will fully fund your place on the NPQEL Spring 2024 Intake.

This is the last NPQ intake with confirmed NPQ scholarships for your school.

National Qualifications, Local Delivery

We work with a fantastic NPQ Delivery Partner Network made up of England's leading Teaching School Hubs (TSHs), MATs and other schools groups to deliver NPQs across England.

By working with local schools groups, we ensure that these national qualifications are contextualised to your locality with Face-to-Face events facilitated by local experts and held in local schools. Click the map to the right to find your nearest group.

Online-only groups

Face-to-Face events are one of the most popular aspects of the NPQEL and we always advise NPQEL participants to attend where possible.

There are 6 Face-to-Face events, including a 2 night conference with your hotel stay and meals funded through the programme.

However, if you are unable to take time off school to attend the events, an online-only option is available.



At a glance


Course duration
Course duration
18 Months

Face-to-face events
Face-to-face Events
6 (including 1 x 2 day conference)

Online learning
Online learning
38 hours

6 hours

Total learning hours
Total Learning Hours
116 hours


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.

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.

Flexible learning

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.

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For a more detailed look at the qualification please watch this presentation from NPQEL lead facilitator Vanessa Macdonald.

Get started on your journey today!

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A total of 8 fully-funded NPQs are available to teachers in state-funded schools and academies in England.
Take a look at the brochures below to find out more.

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