National Professional Qualifications


We’re really excited to introduce NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL).

Who is it for?

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.

What will the programme members learn?

This 21-month programme (18 months’ delivery and three months for assessment) consists of a series of modules based on the DfE’s NPQ frameworks. Each module cycle features: 

  • evidence-based online content to refresh and build knowledge, as well as exemplify what this looks like for your role and level of leadership
  • a formative assessment task to support your learning
  • a face-to-face seminar with a group of peers, facilitated by a serving school leader or Teach First Development Lead – you’ll analyse and reflect on the task and hear further examples of good practice
  • the opportunity to record reflections and consolidate learning

This cycle repeats throughout the programme, with implementation a consideration in every module. Towards the end of the programme, you’ll also take a module focused specifically on effective implementation. This provides an opportunity to plan a strategic improvement, focused on your context and pupils. There will be ongoing support through a seminar group and discussion forum.

What will I learn?

You’ll develop expertise in the knowledge, skills and concepts for areas of trust-level responsibility related to your role. These include trust culture, working in partnership and organisational management. Our content is informed by the best and most recent evidence and developed with input from school leaders and subject matter experts. Our programmes have a practical focus. You’ll be supported to make small but important changes to your and others’ practice throughout the programme. This is concluded by the implementation of a more significant but manageable change project as part of your role.  

What are the objectives and the content of the NPQEL programme?

This programme will help you to:

  • develop as a leader with trust-level responsibility
  • access content across a breadth of areas such as organisational management, working in partnership, and additional and special educational needs and disabilities
  • effectively implement change and improvement in an area you identify as a trust priority.

Modules include:

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

What are the NPQEL programme benefits?

Gain a prestigious qualification to take your career to the next level.

Get the tools you need to establish and sustain your trust’s strategic direction and culture. 

Develop specialist expertise in running a multi-school organisation

Learn how to develop processes and systems that enable and encourage collaboration between staff within and across your schools. You’ll gain practical skills in effectively managing resources and establishing sustainable policies.

Connect with and learn from other executive leaders in the field  

Build and expand your network across the country. Gain valuable fresh perspectives from other leaders in similar roles. 

I highly recommend it. Much of what we’re covering is familiar after 9 years of headship but lots of little gems, fresh perspectives, affirmation, reassurance etc.  I’m impressed with approach/values/philosophy of Teach First as chosen deliverer too. ” 

Delivery model, duration and programme breakdown

The NPQEL is delivered using a blend of online ‘live’ seminars, flexible online learning and face-to-face conferences. 

Cost and funding

For further information on cost and funding, please visit our NPQ Funding Information page. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility please contact us at

Working in partnership with Teach First 

Teach First has been an accredited NPQ provider for several years. Following a thorough due diligence process, Bright Futures is delighted to be partnered with Teach First. Teach First has got a strong and proven track record in leadership development. For nearly twenty years, Teach First has trained and developed more than 19,000 teachers and leaders, including 10,000 trainees on its teacher training programme rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Read more here

How to Apply

Our application window, for NPQs starting in October 2024, will open later in the summer term.  Until then you can complete the ‘Expression of Interest’ form NPQ EOI – October 2024 (  This will enable us to keep in touch with you and inform you as soon as our application window is open and confirm next steps.

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