ASCL wins contract for executive leadership qualification

11 July 2017

We are delighted to announce that a partnership led by ASCL has been awarded a contract to deliver a new leadership qualification for leaders of groups of schools.

The National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) is designed for those who are serving, or are aspiring to become, executive heads or chief executives of multi-academy trusts.

The contract has been awarded by the Department for Education.

ASCL is working with four well-established and highly regarded teaching school alliances, as well as the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE), to provide a first-rate executive leadership programme leading to the new qualification.

The first programme will begin in 2018. It will consist of local and national face-to-face days and twilight sessions, delivered by our team of specialists and existing executive heads, together with a range of online resources and executive coaching opportunities.

The topics covered will include curriculum excellence, accountability and safeguarding across the group of schools; talent management and succession planning; school improvement strategy; and marketing and brand management.

The partners are Tenax Schools Trust and Altius Teaching School Alliance, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent; Yorkshire Leadership Community, in Harrogate; Lawrence Sheriff School and Griffin Teaching School Alliance, in Rugby; and Athelstan Academy Trust and Avon Teaching School Alliance, in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton said: “We are proud to be working alongside partners with a proven track record in educational excellence and look forward to welcoming the first participants to this exciting new programme.

ASCL provides support and representation of the highest quality to school and college leaders, and great leadership development is an important part of our work.

This new programme will complement our popular and renowned professional development courses, ensuring that future and serving leaders of groups of schools are able to draw on the best possible practice and evidence in these hugely important roles.

Ian Bauckham, CEO of Tenax Schools Trust and former ASCL President, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with a group of colleagues from different schools and groups of schools to shape a programme for aspiring and actual executive leaders.  As increasingly schools work together, it is critical that we proactively develop a pipeline of leaders who are equipped to take on these wider roles.  Deep leadership experience combined with the specific expertise and research insights which CUREE brings will, I think, enable us to offer a cutting edge and affordable programme to colleagues.

Don’t miss your opportunity to join our new NPQEL programme. Register your interest by emailing us at