NPQ Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

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NPQ Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

  • Created By UCL IOE
  • Last Updated March 11th, 2024


Programme Overview
National Professional Qualification Executive Leadership (NPQEL)
Delivery Model
  • Residential & Face to Face sessions
  • Personalised Leadership Coaching Sessions
What is Included
  • Residential & Personal Coaching Sessions
  • DfE Certificate of NPQEL
  • Certificate of attendance.
  • Course material.
  • Refreshments and lunch (if applicable).
    • Total Fee:  AED 25,000 plus 5% VAT.

Payment Breakdown:

Upon Registering with Infinite Learning: Invoice of AED 500 Plus 5% VAT (Non-Refundable)

Upon IOE Delegate Acceptance: Invoice of remaining AED 24,500 plus 5% VAT

  • KHDA Certificate Attestation available for additional 150AED
Deadline booking dates:

If you are interested in the NPQEL, please contact

Date of Training Please see the Route Map under the Programme tab.
Time (UAE) Please see the Route Map under the Programme tab.
Venue Virtual delivery and/or Face to Face in Dubai – to be confirmed.
Target audience

PRIMARY and SECONDARY: Designed 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.

Aims of the course

NPQEL gives participants all of the essential knowledge, skills and concepts that underpin successful executive leadership. Participants will cover ‘learn that’ and ‘learn how to’ statements in ten areas:

  1. School Culture
  2. Teaching
  3. Curriculum and Assessment
  4. Behaviour
  5. Additional and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  6. Professional Development
  7. Organisational Management
  8. Implementation
  9. Working in Partnership
  10. Governance and Accountability
Intended outcomes
  • Attainment of the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leaders – NPQEL
  • Internationally recognised qualification.











“Our leaders have the understanding and ability to respond to change and lead developments for our pupils resulting in much better progress for our children.”

Helen Horsley, Head of South Coast Alliance, member of the NPQ Governance group.


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UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a world-leading centre for research and teaching in education and social science. Our research addresses society's most important challenges and our teaching inspires our students by providing them with first-hand experience of leading-edge research and knowledge creation. We play an important global role, contributing to international academic and policy-related arenas and networks developing the fields of education and social science worldwide. Ranked number one for Education worldwide since 2014 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, the IOE was awarded the 2015 Queen’s Anniversary Prize. In 2014, the Institute secured ‘outstanding’ grades from Ofsted on every criterion for its initial teacher training, across primary, secondary and further education programmes. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment of university research, the IOE was top for ‘research power’ (GPA multiplied by the size of the entry) in education. Founded in 1902, the Institute currently has more than 8,000 students and 800 staff. In December 2014 it became a single-faculty school of UCL, called the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

Programme details:

Please click on the links below for downloadable copies of detailed information on the NPQEL Programme.

NPQEL Route Map – Cohort 7

NPQEL Framework

Summary of Programme and NPQEL Learning Hours

NPQ Delivery Components


National Professional Qualification Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

A qualification 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.

In collaboration with an Expert Advisory Group, the Department of Education consulted extensively with the sector to design the reformed suite of NPQs. This has included invaluable input from teachers, school and trust leaders, academics and experts. The frameworks set out two types of content:


‘Learn that…’

Within each area, key evidence statements (“Learn that…”) have been drawn from current high-quality evidence from the UK and overseas. This evidence includes high-quality reviews and syntheses, including meta-analyses and rigorous individual studies. In addition, the NPQ frameworks provide practical guidance on the skills that teachers and school leaders should be supported to develop.


‘Learn how to…’

Practice statements (“Learn how to…”) draw on both the best available educational research and on additional guidance from the Expert Advisory Group and other sector representatives.

The Education Endowment Foundation has independently reviewed the frameworks to ensure they draw on the best available evidence and that this evidence has been interpreted with fidelity. The NPQ frameworks will be kept under review as the evidence base evolves. As in any profession, the evidence base is not static and research insights develop and progress.


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