Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

National Professional Qualification in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

We are delighted to be partnering with Teach First to deliver this programme.

The Teach First programme is currently being delivered collaboratively between the Saffron Teaching School Hub and the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Teaching School Hub. Face-to-face conferences are held nationally in Birmingham.

  • Target Audience: school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, an Executive Headteacher or have a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools.
  • Course Length: 18 months, plus 3 months for assessment period
  • Programme Start Dates: October 2024
  • Brochure: Teach First

Programme cost

The cost of the NPQ in Executive Leadership is £3,890.

Funding for Target Scholarships

The DfE has agreed funding for schools serving the most disadvantaged pupils within our region. This means that all NPQs are fully funded for those settings.

These settings are:

  • In the top 50% of schools with the highest proportion of pupils who attract pupil premium funding;
  • A 16 to 19 setting identified as having high disadvantage; or
  • A highly disadvantaged early years setting

Eligibility: Saffron Teaching School Hub has alerted all eligible schools within our Hub area. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us.

Further details about NPQ funding can be found here: 


What will I learn?

You’ll develop expertise in the knowledge, skills and concepts for areas of trust-level responsibility related to your role.

Modules include:

  • Trust culture
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Behaviour
  • Additional and special educational needs
  • Professional development
  • Organisational management
  • Implementation
  • Working in partnership
  • Governance and accountability

Programme breakdown

Your Learning Journey

Designed with busy school leaders in mind, the NPQEL is delivered over 18 months using a blend of online seminars, flexible online learning and conferences.

How will I benefit?

Over 18 months, you will:

  • Develop specialist expertise in running a multi-school organisation, gaining practical skills in effectively managing resources and establishing sustainable policies.
  • Effectively implement change and improvement in an area you identify as a trust priority.
  • Connect with and learn from other executive leaders in the field.
  • Build and expand your network across the country.