National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

It is widely recognised that effective leadership creates the right conditions for all pupils to achieve. National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) have been developed to secure better outcomes for all learners, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

NPQs have been created to support leaders to lead a team, develop leadership skills across a school, enhance  strategic management capabilities, improve the quality of educational provision and managing resources to achieve leadership goals. These qualifications relate to leadership at different levels, and they are broken down into Middle Leadership, Senior Leadership, Headship and Executive Leadership.

National Professional Qualifications are delivered through the Worcestershire Global Leadership Academy (WGLA), a partnership between Babcock Education and the Worcestershire Teaching Schools. 

The WGLA is working in partnership with the University of Worcester to deliver final assessment at the completion of either NPQML, NPQSL or NPQH programmes. The NPQs will carry ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL) credits that can be put towards a masters programme.

Teachers and leaders in category 5 & 6 areas are eligible for scholarship funding which covers the cost of an NPQ course.


For scheduled NPQ cohort start dates visit: or email: to register your interest.



NPQ content and assessment framework: a guide for participants

Guidance to help those applying for, or participating in, a National Professional Qualification (NPQ) to understand the knowledge, skills and behaviours that they will develop through their NPQ and how these will be assessed.

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Overview of the NPQs provided by WGLA

"It was an inspirational opportunity to take stock, set direction and learn from others!”

“The expert knowledge shared was inspirational and purposeful”

“Clarity of leadership and the importance of safeguarding, culture and relationships was enhanced”

“I have a more accurate view and am feeling confident in undertaking this new challenge”

“I feel more reflective and more prepared to take the steps needed to become a well rounded headteacher in the future”

“A fantastic chance to network with pleasant, knowledgeable and dedicated delegates; articulate and intelligent facilitators who had a lot to share"

What our delegates have said about us?

Why choose WGLA as your NPQ provider?

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