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 gain an understanding of leadership in a non-educational setting, on-going support from a Coach (from your organisation) and the opportunity to meet and work with a serving executive leader in education.'  It is vital that you have the support of a coach within your organisation e.g.a CEO or board member.' 

The LLSE NPQEL Package Includes: 

  • 5 Face-to-Face days, led by the core facilitator with a range of visiting key note speakers from schools and outside education (7 hours per day)
  • Self-directed school-based tasks, to prepare for Face-to-Face days (approx. 3 hours per face-to-face day)
  • Post -  face-to-face day reading and school based tasks (approx. 2 hours per face-to-face day)
  • On going access to leadership in non-educational settings
  • Opportunity to network with serving school executive leaders (up to 5 hours)
  • Final assessment support throughout the course
  • Access to the LLSE Professional Learning Community
  • Ongoing support from our core facilitator
  • 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 comprises of 2 sections :

  • Design a sustainable business develpment strategy for their organisation, analysing the benefits, costs and risks of different options (Task 1, 4000 words, plus recording of a presentaion to governing board/board of trustees)
  • Lead a project to improve progress and attainment across several schools (Task 2, 4000 words)

Leadership Learning Sourth East use EMLC as their NPQ assessment agent and works in partnership to ensure clear and logical assessment process.  Participants may opt to submit for final assessment at any point within 12-18 months of starting the programme, However failure to submit within 18 months (without requesting a deferral) will result in accreditation from DfE not being awarded.

Please note

  •  that should an assessment be returned as 'not ready' a re-assessment fee will be charged to your school
  • if the particpant fails to upload their assessment on the confirmed date a £75 cancellation fee will be invoiced to their school 

The application window is now closed, please contact us to register your interest in our next cohort

Download your Application Form Here

  ***Programme costs for the next intake are currently being reviewed however we do not anticipate a significant change

*** Announcement - Category 5 and 6 Scholarhips available to applications in the 2019/2020 financial year


For a limited period, participants from the following areas will receive full scholarships for any of the NPQ Programmes :

Ashford, Crawley, Gravesham, Hastings, Lewes, Medway and Thanet.

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).

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

Working in a school in one of the above areas or working in MAT's or dioceses which cover those areas

Not already hold the NPQ for which they are applying

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