ASCL National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

The ASCL National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) is your opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised, executive leadership qualification, working with colleagues and leading educationalists from across the country, and utilising local expertise and knowledge which fits your regional context.

Specifically designed for those currently leading more than one school or college, or those interested in taking on such a role, either as an executive headteacher or as chief executive of a trust or federation in any phase of education, our executive leadership programme offers you an exceptional opportunity to prepare for the challenges of running a group of schools/colleges, enhance your leadership skills, hone your practice and achieve formal recognition.

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Choosing ASCL for your NPQEL provides you with quality assured leadership delivery, coupled with local expertise and knowledge to ensure that learning fits your regional context.

This first-rate executive leadership programme has been developed by ASCL working with four well-established and highly regarded teaching school alliances.

Through a blended delivery model, the programme will cover key topics on a modular basis over an 18 month period, culminating in the two assessments which lead to the qualification. The programme consists of a combination of:

  • local face-to-face development days
  • national training events
  • online learning materials
  • personalised executive coaching or mentoring sessions
  • webinars
  • advice and guidance on the selection of assessment projects
  • 360o professional reviews at the start and end of the programme
The programme is delivered by serving, experienced Executive Heads/CEOs and the ASCL Specialist team, and is supported by research evidence from the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE).

The programme covers all of the specified curriculum content specified for NPQEL through ten modules supplemented by additional information that existing executive leaders consider essential to successfully carry out the role.
 

Modules include:
  • School improvement strategy across the MAT
  • Business development, growth and sustainability
  • Ethical Leadership and change management
  • MAT governance and risk management
  • Growing and deploying people
  • Curriculum excellence across the MAT
  • Data and accountability across the MAT
  • Reputation, brand management and marketing
  • Safeguarding and health and safety across the MAT
  • Horizon scanning and influencing

Our next programme commences in autumn 2020 with a compulsory webinar followed by a mixture of national and regional days.
Assessment by February 2022.

The cost of the ASCL NPQEL is £4,800 + VAT.

This includes all materials, tutorial costs, coaching/mentoring costs and assessment fees. The cost without coaching/mentoring is £4,300 + VAT.
 
The payment schedule is £1,800 + VAT in October 2020, then £2,000 + VAT in March 2021, and £1,000 + VAT (or £500 + VAT if coaching/mentoring is not chosen) in September 2021.
Alternatively full payment can be made upon registration.
 
You may be eligible for a fully funded place. To find out more please click here.
 
To find out if you are eligible for a fully funded place please email npqel@ascl.org.uk stating your name, school name and school URN and we will get back to you. Alternatively please call 0116 299 1122.
 
Fees are non-refundable once enrolment has been confirmed.

Our performance against nationally set NPQ metrics:

Metric 1: Recruitment of target number of participants.
Providers recruit at least 100% of their target number of participants for each year and for each NPQ offered.

Qualification 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
Target Actual % Target Target Actual % Target Target Actual % Target
NPQ for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) 80 115 143.75% 80 49 61.25% 80 53 66.25%

Metric 2: Target percentage recruited from schools where 30% or more are eligible for FSM.
Providers ensure that their allocated target of all those recruited are from schools where 30% or more pupils are known to be eligible for Free School Meals, for each NPQ level offered.
 
Qualification 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
Target Actual % Target Target Actual % Target Target Actual % Target
NPQ for Executive Leadership (NPQEL)   11% (3)   13% (6) 16% (8) 125.59% 15% (8) 15% (8) 100.63%

Metric 3: Target percentage recruited from non-White British groups.
Providers ensure that their allocated target of all those recruited are from non-white British groups, for each NPQ level offered.
Qualification 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
Target Actual % Target Target Actual % Target Target Actual % Target
NPQ for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) 2% (2) 10% (11) 478.26% 5% (2) 10% (5) 204.08% 7% (4) 15% (8) 215.63%

Metric 4: Percentage of participants that present for final assessment within 18 months*.
Providers ensure that at least 90% of participants present for final assessment within 18 months of formally commencing the programme.

*Due to the changes necessary following the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent communications, participants embarking on an NPQ from 1 July 2018 have been granted 24 months from their starting date to submit for final assessment. This is shown in the Metric 4 calculation.
 
Qualification 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
Presented Within 18m % of Presented Presented Within 18m % of Presented Presented Within 18m % of Presented
NPQ for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) 32 14 43.75% 7 7 100% 2 2 100%

Some 2017/18 participants are still in the process of submitting or waiting for results and both 2018/19 and 2019/20 participants are within the 24 month window.

Metric 5: Assessment Accuracy
Providers ensure a 95% accuracy level for all their final assessments.
 
Qualification 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
Assessment Count QAA Moderation Accuracy % Assessment Count QAA Moderation Accuracy % Assessment Count QAA Moderation Accuracy %
NPQ for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) 66 12% (8) 100% 15 40% (6) 100% 4 50% (2) 100%

Metric 6: Participant Feedback
Providers ensure that the aggregated mean rating across all participant feedback received is at least 6 out of 10.
No data is available at this time

Metric 7: Rates of achievement and retention (including by group)
Providers ensure that there is no significant difference in retention and achievement rates between different groups, for example, groups with protected characteristics or leaders from schools with different levels of performance.

2017/18:
Qualification Retention Deferrals Achievement
Started Withdrawn Retention % Started Deferred Deferred % Submitted Passed Achieved %
NPQ for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) 115 32 72.17% 115 47 40.87% 32 29 90.63%

2018/19:
Qualification Retention Deferrals Achievement
Started Withdrawn Retention % Started Deferred Deferred % Submitted Passed Achieved %
NPQ for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) 55 15 72.33% 55 5 9.09% 7 7 100%
 
2019/20:
Qualification Retention Deferrals Achievement
  Started Withdrawn Retention % Started Deferred Deferred % Submitted Passed Achieved %
NPQ for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) 73 4 94.52% 73 3 4.11% 2 2 100%

Candidates from all cohorts are still in the process of submitting or waiting for results

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