The National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) is our flagship qualification designed to develop the next generation of system leaders with the skills and capabilities to lead across a number of schools.
Executive Headteachers (including CEOs of small MATs) play an increasingly important strategic role in the school leadership landscape. Their role is crucial to the effectiveness of multi-school groupings and the outcomes of the children they serve.
Executive Headship requires a new and different mix of skills and experience to traditional Headship. Executive Headteachers must work within a complex variety of contexts and governance and accountability structures. The role requires higher levels of strategic thinking; greater emphasis on coaching, delegating and achieving change through others; consistency and collaboration across and between schools; and a strong capacity to look outward.
Our NPQEL is a personalised leadership experience that is tailored to your unique leadership goals and challenges. You will emerge from our programme with the cross-functional skills and strategic vision to drive change, innovation and improvement across multiple settings.
The Department for Education has allocated a £10 million fund for scholarships for eligible candidates undertaking National Professional Qualifications in school leadership. Scholarships are for candidates in category 5 and 6 local authority districts, including Opportunity Areas like Blackpool, Oldham and Bradford, and other districts such as Liverpool, Wolverhampton, Knowsley, Salford, Pendle and Burnley. To find out if you’re eligible for a funded place, please get in touch or check your school on the get information about schools website. The scholarships are available on a first come first served basis until the fund is exhausted.
Who is the Programme for?
NPQEL is for those Headteachers who are, or are aspiring to become, an executive Headteacher or CEO of a MAT with responsibility for leading several schools.
To achieve the NPQEL qualification you’ll need to successfully:
The Study Modules
The six NPQEL study modules set out what a leader should know and be able to do. Modules focus on improving leadership practice and support the development of the critical leadership behaviours of commitment, collaboration, personal drive, resilience, awareness, integrity and respect; behaviours which exemplify how the best leaders operate.
The six study modules you must complete are:
The NPQEL forms a 12 month programme of study which includes eight full day face to face workshops across the year, including dedicated support to prepare for the Final Assessment tasks.
All modules are led by experienced national education and industry leaders. Face-to-face events are supplemented by workplace learning, reading, reflections and online learning.
The programmes provides a transformational executive development experience. You will work with accomplished peers, industry thought leaders and world class professionals.
We also provide expert coaching. During this coaching, you will not only receive support and challenge from a credible leader, you will also learn the vital coaching skills required for people management in multiple settings.
Each module includes 30 hours of learning:
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We are pleased to confirm you can gain masters credits through your Star Institute NPQ programme with the University of Chester and work towards an MA in Educational Leadership.
You can achieve 100 credits accredited prior learning from the NPQEL and the balance of the 180 credits required for an MA are made up from 20 credit modules plus the 60 credit dissertation
For example: NPQEL (100 credits) one 20 credit module and one dissertation = 180 credits
Each taught module is delivered over two Saturdays completing one module per term. The length of the programme is 12-18months with NPQEL.
The philosophy of the course with University of Chester is learning links to professional practice, theories of leadership and work-based enquiry for improvement. Most importantly, it acknowledges work undertaken in the workplace.
Costs For 2018/19
£555 per 20 credit module
£220 per 20 credits of APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning) including support and assessment
In order to gain the qualification, you must successfully complete the NPQEL final assessment.
The final assessment comprises 2 tasks:
The Star Institute NPQEL currently runs in:
The application round is currently open. To receive an application form, please call 0330 313 9870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications close 11 June 2018.