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

ASCL is the leading professional body representing over 18,500 school and college leaders in all phases across the UK.

Our members are responsible for the education of more than four million young people. ASCL works to shape national education policy, provide advice and support to members, and delivers first-class professional development.

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

Key dates

Our first programme commenced in February 2018, with the timetable of events as follows:

Regional Induction twilight

w/c 26 February 2018

360 Diagnostic

Late February 2018

National training day

23 March 2018, London

Regional twilight tutorials

w/c 23 April 2018 and w/c 11 June 2018

National two day residential

13-14 July 2018, Crowne Plaza, Birmingham City Centre

Regional twilight tutorials

w/c 17 September 2018, w/c 12 November 2018 and w/c 14 January 2019

Online distance modules

Ongoing from February 2018

Online materials

Available from February 2018

School placement access

Ongoing from February 2018

Executive Coaching

Ongoing from February 2018

360 Diagnostic

March 2019


By June 2019


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 September 2018 and £1,000+VAT by January 2019.

Funding is available to support teachers and leaders who wish to take the new NPQs and who work in opportunity areas and category 5 and category 6 areas.

Want to know more?

Call 0116 2991122 or email

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