National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership

Programme Cost* is £1,999.00***

Next Cohort is being planned start date will be in the next academic year 2019-2020

  • Induction and Face to Face Day 1 :

  • Face to Face Day 2 :

  • EL Clinic with Course Facilitator :

  • Face to Face Day 3 :

  • Face to Face Day 4 :

  • Face to Face Day 5 :

All sessions will be held at The Hilton Hotel, Maidstone

Core Facilitator: John Truman

  • John  is an experienced Teacher, Headteacher, Senior Local Authority Officer, Leadership Consultant and qualified Leadership Coach. He has over 30 years of working directly with children, Schools and their Governing bodies. John has successfully led School, Local Authority and Multi-Agency Teams and worked closely with Governing bodies in their development, appointment and appraisal of CEO's, Executive Headteachers, Headteachers and other Senior Leaders. More recently he has delivered the National College of Teaching and Learning  'Chairs Development Programme' for Kent County Council as well NPQML and NPQSL Programmes. John is a highly experienced, qualified leadership coach and trainer and is able to support and challenge Headteachers, Governors and other School Leaders to improve outcomes for children.


'NPQEL is for those who are, or who are aspiring to become, an Executive Headteacher or CEO of a MAT with responsibility for leading across several schools. The programme will include the opportunity to experience leadership in a non-educational setting, and on-going support from an external Coach Mentor.'  It would be beneficial to your experience on the programme to have the support of a either a CEO aspiring to EL, or the support of your Chair of Governors.' 

The LLSE NPQEL Package Includes: 

  • 4 Face-to-Face days, led by key note speakers
  • Self-directed school-based tasks, to prepare for Face-to-Face days
  • Leadership visit to an organisation outside of education, allowing you to see senior leadership in a different setting
  • Access to an external coach
  • Final assessment support throughout the course
  • Access to the LLSE Professional Learning Community
  • Ongoing support from our trained Facilitators
  • Access to LLSE admin support throughout the course

  Study Modules

Leading with Impact:

  • Motivate and unite a wide range of people across organisations around visionary or challenging pupils.
  • Act as a credible public advocate for the organisation, promoting and defending its aims, vision and reputation convincingly and robustly.
  • Contribute to local and central government policy making.

Teaching and Curriculum Excellence:

  • Assess and improve teaching quality, pupil progress and attainment in a range of different contexts, including for disadvantaged pupils or those with particular needs (for example, including Pupil Premium, SEND, EAL or the most able pupils).
  • Deploy school-to-school support systems effectively to improve teaching quality, the school curriculum, pupil progress and attainment.

Increasing Capability:

  • Identify long-term or strategic capability gaps across several schools, in collaboration with the governing board.
  • Deploy staff strategically to increase the organisation’s responsiveness and resilience to change.

 School Strategy and Improvement:

  • Identify and anticipate changes in the external or strategic environment and understand their impact on different organisations.
  • Design a sustainable business development strategy, whether for growth, stabilisation or specialisation.
  • Lead a programme of significant change across several school.

Working in Partnership:

  • Look beyond the education system to identify excellence, expertise or professional advice in other sectors and deploy it to achieve cross-organisational goals.
  • Use school-to-school partnerships and collaboration to dive improvement in a range of different areas (for example, in relation to continuous improvement, governance, project management or financial efficiency).
  • Expand a school partnership to successfully prepare a school to join a partnership effectively.

 Managing Resources and Risks:

  • Deploy resources strategically across a number of organisations, to maximise efficiency whilst improving pupil outcomes.
  • Maximise financial resources available, through income generation activities, fundraising, sponsorship and grants.
  • Hold those with responsibility for the management of resources and risks to account effectively (including fulfilling the Accounting Officer role as defined in the Academies Financial Handbook). 

Final Assessment

The final assessment is submitted to an external assessor and  comprises of 2 sections :

  • A project style submission detailing your development as a leader throughout  the programme
  • Designing a sustainable business development strategy for my organisation (4,000 words).
  • Leading an improvement project across several schools (4,000 words).
  • You will be able to choose a window for your assessment within an 18 month timescale. 



The application window is now closed

Application Form

  ***Prices remain valid for programmes starting up to and including October 31st 2018

*NPQ Scholarships for leaders working in schools in priority areas are currently available for applications recieved before 12th December 2018 

The DfE has recently confirmed that £10 million of the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) has been set aside to support teachers and leaders in challenging areas to access the reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

This funding will cover the full participant costs of the course for teachers working in an Opportunity Area or a priority area (defined by the DfE as a category 5 or 6 ‘Achieving Excellence’ area).

These areas include Ashford, Crawley, Gravesham, Hastings, Lewes, Medway, Thanet

To be eligible for a scholarship, the participant must be:

Working in a school in one of the above areas (excluding independent schools)

Not already hold the NPQ for which they are applying

Not previously have dropped out before completing the NPQ for which they are applying.