A course to help school leaders develop the expertise needed to be an outstanding leader, leading improvements across a group of schools or multi-academy trust.
Applies to England
Who this course is for
This course is for school leaders who are, or want to be:
- an executive headteacher
- in a school trust chief executive role with responsibility for leading several schools
This 18-month course will help you gain confidence and develop skills in:
- running a multi-school organisation
- developing processes and systems that enable and encourage collaboration between staff within and across schools
- managing resources effectively and establishing sustainable policies
This course will:
- take 18 months to complete
- involve an average of 1 to 2 hours of study each week
- be a mix of self-study and group sessions
- involve a written assessment
- start February 2024
Funding to cover the course fees is available for most teachers and school leaders in state-funded settings in England.
This course covers developing and supporting:
- a trust culture
- effective teaching
- curriculum and assessment development
- good behaviour
- additional and special educational needs
- professional development
- organisational management
You’ll also learn about:
- implementation strategies
- working in partnership with parents and carers
- governance and accountability
Benefits for you and your school
Improved executive leadership
Start with an ambitious vision for your schools or trust and create the conditions and culture needed for staff and pupils to thrive.
Tailored expert advice and coaching
One-to-one coaching sessions give you expert advice and feedback on your performance.
Undisruptive to existing workload
This flexible learning programme is designed to be completed alongside your daily role. It is delivered in short, bite-sized chunks to fit around your existing commitments.
Focused on your specific needs
Instead of focusing on personal traits, such as the qualities of dynamic and charismatic leadership, this course pays more attention to tackling the persistent problems of your daily role.
The course covers 10 topics, outlined in the course framework. Providers use this framework to design their course.
The course includes:
- independent study
- group coaching
- face-to-face sessions with other participants
You’ll need to spend 1 to 2 hours a week working on this NPQ.
You can train with one of these providers:
- Ambition Institute
- Best Practice Network
- Church of England
- Education Development Trust
- LLSE (Leadership Learning Securing Excellence)
- National Institute of Teaching
- Teacher Development Trust
- Teach First
- UCL Institute of Education
They work with delivery partners, such as teaching school hubs, to provide training.
To get your NPQ accreditation, you’ll need to complete the course and pass a written assessment (between 1,500 and 2,500 words).
Before you apply to your chosen training provider, you need to register with the Department for Education.