Reformed National Professional Qualifications

The Department for Education’s (DfE) vision is an education system that drives social mobility, ensuring that every child and young person can access a high quality education, regardless of location, prior attainment or background. Last year, the DfE convened leading Headteachers, multi-academy trust (MAT) CEOs, and other sector experts to reform the NPQ programmes in order to prepare school leaders at all levels more effectively for the range of leadership roles in today’s school system. “The new approach to the NPQs will put the best schools and organisations in the driving seat of leadership professional development” (DfE 2017).  

Working with a flexible set of frameworks that include the NPQH, NPQSL and NPQML, the FLA has designed an exciting programme tailored to meet the needs of all schools, including those in challenging circumstances. E.g. NPQH delegates in Isle of Wight schools can choose a 9-day placement (accommodation paid) in a good/outstanding school on the mainland to enable them to compare and contrast the leadership skills and knowledge involved with the challenges faced when leading an Island school. Those working in Catholic Schools will be able to access an optional one-day module aimed specifically at addressing the ethos, demands and leadership required to lead a Catholic School successfully today.

The programmes are delivered using online modules, a WebEx and face-to-face sessions. The core content at each level is based on materials devised by Anita Warwick, Executive Head of the FLA, who for many years has trained Heads and school leaders at all levels across Berkshire, nationally and internationally using an approach that has inspired many to take the next steps in leadership. (100% rated FLA leadership training good/excellent 2015 – 17). 

Masters Credits

The University of Chester is able to provide you with advice and guidance regarding accreditation towards a Masters.

NPQML - Gain 60 Masters credits towards an MA in Educational Leadership with University of Chester

NPQSL -  Gain 80 Masters credits towards an MA in Educational Leadership with University of Chester

NPQH -    Gain 100 Masters credits towards an MA in Educational Leadership with University of Chester

 Click on the link below for more information.


Dr Steve Lambert can be contacted to discuss further

Dr Steve Lambert

Senior Lecturer in Educational Leadership

Programme Leader MA Educational Leadership 

Faculty of Education and Children's Services

University of Chester

e: s.lambert@chester.ac.uk 


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