NPQ Provider information

NPQ scholarship funding has been confirmed for the whole of the 2019/20 financial year (April 2019 to March 2020).

This means that:
Based on previous recruitment numbers, DfE will continue to fund the full offer up to the end of March 2020.
The eligibility criteria remain unchanged, i.e. participants working in a category 5 or 6 area, and those working in MATs or dioceses which cover those areas, will be eligible.

Opportunity Areas will continue to take priority.

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The Inspiration Trust and Ambition Institute

The Inspiration Trust has partnered with Ambition Institute to offer a range of courses to help aspiring teachers make the transition to leader, helping individuals develop their own careers and become a driving force in improving education in their own schools and beyond.
Based on programmes created by the Ambition Institute NPQ Alliance, our courses draw on the experience of department heads and school leaders across more than 750 schools nationwide.
Our suite of courses covers the following nationally recognised qualifications:
• National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)
• National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

Applications will open in autumn 2019 for our next courses, starting early 2020

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Hartismere School and Hartismere Leadership Training is an accredited provider for the suite of NPQ qualifications. The Department for Education accredited providers to design, deliver and assess one or more of the reformed national professional qualifications (NPQs).
The delivery is through a blended learning model: online facilitated sessions, private research, group forums, face-to-face days and most importantly school improvement projects and tasks.
National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML)
National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL)
National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

Contact: Jean Marshall,, 01379 870315

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Outstanding Leaders Partnership

The Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP) is a national network of over 70 Teaching School Alliances, Multi-Academy Trusts, Dioceses and schools groups working in collaboration to design, develop and deliver professional development for the education workforce.
Our qualifications are all designed by serving school leaders and subject matter experts to form a coherent learning pathway, and delivered via our school-led partnership, the Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP). The combination of online courses, face-to-face events and enrichment practice activity create a truly blended learning experience for school leaders across their whole career.
Accredited by the Department for Education, OLP is the leading provider of the National Professional Qualifications for school leadership (NPQs) helping improve the capability, confidence and capacity of thousands of school leaders, supporting tens of thousands of school staff, and impacting the life chances of millions of pupils.

The first registration window for NPQ programmes will close on Friday 26 July 2019
There is a 5% early bird discount for applications received by 31 May (please use discount code ERLY19)

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Leadership East

Leadership East is an exciting partnership of outstanding educational establishments from different phases and sectors. It builds on the tremendous experience Leadership East already has in delivering accredited programmes and in working with schools throughout the region.
We offer the full range of NPQ programmes using a blended learning model.

Applicants have a choice between joining our central groups based in the Cambridge area, or a local cluster nearer to their location.

Contact: Julie Bidwell,

Applications are now open for the Autumn 2019 intake for NPQH

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UCL Institute of Education and Thorpe St Andrew High School

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been awarded number 1 in the world ranking for education by QS university awards each year from 2014-2017.
We deliver the full range of NPQ programmes, delivering in London and locally through Thorpe St Andrew High School. Our programmes include 5 full days of face to face sessions, supported by online resources, and for the NPQH and NPQEL additional one-to-one coaching.

Autumn application window opens on June 17th, closing on September 13th 2019.

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Real Training

The National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are a group of three courses for staff in education settings at all levels who want to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to lead successfully.
These courses offer participants the opportunity to:
Gain the knowledge, skills and leadership behaviours they need to succeed
Move ahead in their careers, through gaining a DfE-recognised qualification in leadership.
All three courses are designed by education practitioners and educational psychologists to provide current, innovative and practice-focused training that will give school leaders the insight and tools they need to become highly effective leaders.
For additional information about what Real Training can offer, see our NPQ Middle Leadership, NPQ Senior Leadership and NPQ Headship courses.

Next NPQ cohorts start on 30 May so book your place now.

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Lionwood Teaching School

Lionwood Teaching School are pleased to announce Cohort 2 of the NPQML course delivered by Lambeth Teaching School and accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. The NPQML allows greater flexibility than a traditional course through a combination of online and face to face training.
• takes account of your professional development needs, prior learning and achievements;
• improves and develops further your strategic leadership expertise;
• develops key leadership and management skills;
• provides opportunities to work in different educational contexts.;
• gives you the confidence and competence to develop or take up your first middle leadership so you will make a positive impact on your school, and on the lives of children, young people and their families.

Starting in October 2019, the NPQML programme will be delivered at Lionwood School in Norwich.

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A full list of providers and their areas of operation (including national ones, and those who offer online only) are on

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