NPQ programmes

This section provides information on the content and structure of our NPQ programmes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the structure of the NPQ programme?

Each programme will consist of a series of courses made up of an online module and an accompanying group seminar. The final stage of each programme is focussed on implementation – leaders will have the opportunity to plan, practise and carry out implementing a strategy in their context.

There will also be two in-person conferences.

The leadership programmes (NPQSL, NPQH and NPQEL) also include a school visit to a contrasting context. 

What is the balance of synchronous and asynchronous content?

You will have access to online content that will provide flexible asynchronous learning that can be done at a time to suit your pace. Much of the NPQ framework will be covered in this learning environment and it provides the foundational learning that is explored further in seminars/conferences.

As a programme member, you will be able to tailor your own personalised learning journey, so that you are building on prior knowledge - a diagnostic activity at the start of the module will support you to engage with a number of choice elements and clear core and extension content. A formative task towards the end of the module will encourage learning to be put into practice. Engagement with this content and formative task will form part of the assessment, particularly ‘engaging in 90% of all content’.

For the NPQLT, NPQLTD and NPQLBC there are eight seminars across the course of the year, as well as two conferences, one in term 2 and one in term 3. There is an additional seminar and content in the final term focused on implementation of an improvement in school.

For the NPQSL, NPQH and NPQEL, there are nine seminars in year 1, plus two conferences, one in term 2 and term 3. You will also participate in a school/trust visit in a contrasting context. In terms 4 and 5 (year 2) there are two group seminars focused on implementation of an improvement in school or at a trust level.  

What is the programme duration?

The duration of your programme depends on the NPQ you are applying for:

  • NPQ in Leading Teaching (NPQLT): 15-month programme (12 months’ delivery and followed by a three-month assessment window. Dates for assessment submission will be confirmed at the start of the programme.)
  • NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC): 15-month programme (12 months’ delivery and followed by a three-month assessment window. Dates for assessment submission will be confirmed at the start of the programme.)
  • NPQ in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD): 15-month programme (12 months’ delivery and followed by a three-month assessment window. Dates for assessment submission will be confirmed at the start of the programme.)
  • NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL): 21-month programme (18 months’ delivery and followed by a three-month assessment window. Dates for assessment submission will be confirmed at the start of the programme.)
  • NPQ in Headship (NPQH): 21-month programme (18 months’ delivery and a three-month assessment window, with flexibility to extend by up to six months for teachers new to the role of headship. Dates for assessment submission will be confirmed at the start of the programme.)
  • NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL): 21-month programme (18 months’ delivery and followed by a three-month assessment window. Dates for assessment submission will be confirmed at the start of the programme.) 
How can I balance the NPQ around existing workload in school?

Our blended learning approach offers you the flexibility and accessibility of self-directed online content, alongside synchronous seminars in small groups to consolidate knowledge. This approach is designed to support you to access the content in a way that is tailored to your starting point and workload, as well as supporting those in more isolated locations and/or with existing commitments or individual requirements.

The dates for the two in-person conferences will be shared at the start of the programme to support your planning and are designed as important opportunities to network and build on learning from the NPQ framework.  

What support is available on the programme?

The design of the programme allows you to navigate online learning content based on your starting point and to use formative assessments along the way to assess your progress. Our helpdesk provides prompt support should you experience any technical difficulties.

Seminars and conferences are facilitated by experienced school leaders with expertise in the specialism of the NPQ they are delivering.

You may also be able to apply for our free 1:1 support which runs alongside your NPQ of choice. You’ll be supported by an experienced former school leader who will coach and guide you throughout your NPQ. You can make a request to be considered for this additional support when you apply for your programme. 

With NPQ programmes spanning two academic years, what happens if I leave or change schools?

You will be able to request to continue your NPQ programme in your new school. Your new school would need to agree to your continuing on the programme in the new setting.

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