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The ASCL National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) is your opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised, executive leadership qualification, working with colleagues and leading educationalists from across the country, and utilising local expertise and knowledge which fits your regional context.

Designed for those leading more than one school or college, or those interested in taking on such a role, either as an executive headteacher or as chief executive of a trust in any phase of education, our new executive leadership programme offers an exceptional opportunity to prepare you for the challenges of running a group of schools/colleges, enhance your leadership skills, hone your practice and achieve formal recognition with the latest qualification from the NPQ suite.

How does the programme work?

ASCL's NPQEL programme provides you with recognised, quality assured leadership delivery, coupled with local expertise and knowledge to ensure that delivery fits the regional context.

ASCL is working with four well-established and highly regarded teaching school alliances, to provide a first-rate executive leadership programme leading to the new qualification.

Through a blended delivery model, the programme will cover key topics on a modular basis over an 18 month period, culminating in an assessment which leads to the qualification.

How will the programme be delivered?

The programme consists of a combination of both local and national face-to-face development days and twilight tutorials, distance learning via online channels, personalised executive coaching sessions, and 360 diagnosis.

The programme is delivered by our team of ASCL Specialists, serving and experienced Executive Heads, and the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE).

What topics will be covered?

These include curriculum excellence, accountability and safeguarding across the group of schools, talent management and succession planning, school improvement strategy, and marketing and brand management.

Modules will cover:

  • growing and deploying people

  • ethical leadership and change management

  • curriculum excellence across the group of schools

  • business development, growth and sustainability

  • school improvement strategy across the group of schools

  • MAT governance and risk management

  • safeguarding and health and safety across the group of schools

  • reputation, brand management and marketing

  • data and accountability across the group of schools

  • horizon scanning and influencing


The cost of the ASCL NPQEL is £4,800+VAT. This includes all material and tutorial costs, accommodation for residential sessions and assessment fees. The payment schedule will be £1,800+VAT upon registration, £2,000+VAT by March 2019 and £1,000+VAT by September 2019.

Want to know more?

Call 0116 2991122 or email

In partnership with Tenax Schools Trust and Altius Teaching School Alliance, the Yorkshire Leadership Community, the Lawrence Sheriff School and Griffin Teaching School Alliance, Athelstan Academy Trust and Avon Teaching School Alliance, and the National Governance Association.

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