School Leadership

NPQH, NPQSL and NPQML applications are now open for Summer and Autumn 2016. Please click on your chosen programme below for more information and to begin your application.

For over 4 years an ELC-led partnership involving effective and respected school leaders has been collaborating to offer a highly successful range of school leadership programmes and resources to support current, developing and aspiring leaders in schools across the Eastern region and beyond. 

This collaboration, called Leadership East, has focused on the professional development of school leaders, from aspiring middle leaders to experienced headteachers; all of whose skills are central to ensuring excellent outcomes for children and young people.

The Eastern Leadership Centre is proud to announce that Leadership East’s school leadership programmes and products, including the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH), the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL) and the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML) now have a new home hosted by Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT). This change gives ELC’s previous school leadership work a secure and dynamic future, in line with a school-led system.

ELC’s regional leader for school leadership, Julie Bidwell, and the programmes administrator Hayley Poulter have transferred to CMAT, along with these programmes.  Julie will continue to lead the school leadership licensed programmes and former ELC provision from within CMAT, ensuring continuity and on-going development.

For any queries and for further details please contact: / 01223 491690

Hayley Poulter: / 01223 491693

Julie Bidwell: / 01223 491692


National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership

The NPQML is an exciting qualification which provides national recognition of your professional development as a middle leader. The NPQML has been designed by the National College for Teaching and Leadership with responsibility for leading a team, including key stage, subject, curriculum leaders, heads of department and pastoral leaders.

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National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership

The NPQSL is a nationally-recognised programme for education leaders who have responsibility for leading a team and are also involved in leading a range of issues that affect the organisation as a whole. NPQSL is aimed at senior leaders, including experienced middle leaders, deputy heads, SENCOs, advanced skills teachers and other senior staff looking for further professional development. 


National Professional Qualification for Headship

The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) was launched in Spring 2012 and is provided throughout the region by our partnership Leadership East. NPQH follows a modular curriculum based on Master’s level criteria and focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and attributes of a successful headteacher. This programme is designed for those currently, or aspiring to lead an organisation within the next 12-18 months.