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Reformed National Professional Qualifications


The Department for Education’s (DfE) vision is for an education system that drives social mobility, ensuring that every child and young person can access a high quality education, regardless of location, prior attainment, or background. Over the past fifteen years, NCTL and its predecessor bodies have sought to grow professional development opportunities for school leaders, with NPQs at the forefront of this provision. Last year, the DfE convened top headteachers, multi-academy trust (MAT) CEOs, and other sector experts to reform the NPQs to prepare leaders more effectively for the range of leadership roles in today’s school system. The new approach to the NPQs will put the best schools and organisations in the driving seat of leadership professional development. Working within a flexible set of frameworks, IOE Leadership CoLab will design, deliver, and assess the following extended suite of qualifications:

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National Professional Qualification for:


Executive Leadership - NPQEL >

Headship - NPQH >

Senior Leadership - NPQSL >

Middle Leadership - NPQML >


Additional Continuing Professional Development :

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National Professional Qualification Curriculum Framework:

The curriculum framework is built around six content areas and seven leadership behaviours, all of which are common to each level of NPQ, enabling leaders to develop the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience progressively through the levels:

The six content areas set out what a leader should know or be able to do:

  • Strategy and Improvement
  • Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
  • Leading with Impact
  • Working in Partnership
  • Managing Resources and Risks
  • Increasing Capability

  The seven leadership behaviours focus on how the best leaders operate:

    • Commitment
    • Collaboration
    • Personal Drive
    • Resilience
    • Awareness
    • Integrity
    • Respect


Work with us as a local cluster [NPQML, NPQSL, NPQH]:

If you are interested in setting up a local cluster group in partnership with IOE Leadership CoLab to deliver the NPQML, NPQSL or NPQH, please complete our brief registration form. One of our programme leaders will then contact you to discuss things in more detail.

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Last modified: Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 1:13 PM