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NPQEL - Executive Leadership

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The aim of the NPQ - EHCO Early Headship Coaching Offer (NPQ EHCO) is to provide structured, unassessed face-to-face support based on the best available evidence about what makes an effective head teacher.


Executive Leaders have the potential to improve the effectiveness of multi-school groupings and enable the children they serve to thrive.

With responsibility of strategic consistency and collaboration across and between schools, and delegating and achieving change through others, executive leaders play a fundamental role in the improvement of multiple schools.

The National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) is aimed at 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.

Programme Information

SLN are directing potential NPQEL participants to the National Institute of Teaching NPQEL programme. Details can be found here.


Key Information

  • Cost: (scholarship funding available for most participants)
  • Scholarship funding available - click here for more information
  • Programme length: 18 months
  • Start date: October 2022
  • Assessment: An open-book assessment in an eight-day set window within 3 months of completion requiring a structured 1500-word response to a real multi-resource scenario/case-study.