School leader and teacher courses

The final application deadline for our Autumn 2019 intake is 20 September.  Limited scholarship funding is available in some areas (see scholarship notice). Apply before 20 September to secure your funding and place. We strongly recommend early applications as places are limited.

Meet your leadership challenges with National Professional Qualifications

Our qualifications are all designed by serving school leaders and subject matter experts to form a coherent learning pathway. The combination of online courses, face-to-face events and enrichment practice activity create a truly blended learning experience.

The qualifications are structured in such a way as to give candidates the option of moving on to the next qualification after completing their first, or simply completing one qualification if preferred. 

To find out which NPQ is right for you and to see a side-by-side comparison of the four NPQs that we offer, please click here. 

Why take an NPQ?

NPQs can have a measurable impact on schools and pupils. 

As part of their final assessment, NPQ candidates complete a School Improvement Project. These projects have a real and lasting impact on pupils, schools and colleagues. Take a look at our School Improvement Library and see how completing an NPQ will impact on you and those around you.

NPQs are suitable for school leaders at each stage of their career, starting with Middle Leadership and progressing to Senior Leadership, Headship and Executive Leadership. Benefits for schools include: 

  • Increased workforce capacity, capability and confidence 
  • Staff retention and succession 
  • Research-based improvement activity addressing priority needs 

Why choose OLP?

The Outstanding Leaders Partnership is a national, school-led partnership recently rated as ‘exceptional’ by the DfE Quality Assurance Agent.

The quality review was based on the DfE National Professional Qualification (NPQ) Quality Framework.  The reviewers examined leadership and governance, face-to-face delivery, online courses, candidate, facilitator and tutor support, assessment, organisation, quality control, marketing and recruitment, as well as the DfE metrics and impact. The reviewers identified exceptional performance in most areas of the Quality Framework. 

Read the full summary of our DfE Quality Review results here.

"I got the headship! The course was absolutely instrumental in my success at interview – I felt so confident because of my reading and the work we’ve done on the face-to-face days and projects. Thank you for your support and encouragement – it really helped.”"
Gaynor Jones NPQH candidate
Our National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) programme is flexible and modular to enable candidates to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence required to lead high-performing teams and improve classroom practice.
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The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) provides recognition of leadership development and professional achievement for senior school leaders.
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The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is the first choice qualification for anyone aspiring to be a headteacher.
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The National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) provides an opportunity for headteachers taking the next step to executive leadership with responsibility for more than one school.
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