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.

Funding may be available for leaders working in areas of high deprivation, please enquire for more information.


Scheduled NPQ cohort start dates:


Venue Session 1
Launch day/ Assessment day


NPQEL Reading 24th April 2018  - 26th April 2018  
NPQML Worcester 8th May 2018  
NPQH TBC Assessment interviews - week commencing 20th May 2018) 21st - 22nd June 2018
NPQSL Worcester 21st May 2018  
NPQML Worcester 7th June 2018  
NPQEL TBC 11th June 2018 - 13th June 2018  
NPQSL RSA Academy, Tipton 21st June 2018  
NPQSL Worcester 26th June 2018  


Please contact us to register your interest in any of the programmes listed or for future cohort dates.



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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