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NPQ for Executive Leadership

National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership

At the CLF Institute we believe in providing outstanding leaders with high quality development that equips and hones their leadership knowledge and skills and exposes them to next contexts and challenges. The first of our NPQEL course began in Bristol in autumn 2019 and continued to be delivered virtually during lockdown.
We recognise there is limited professional development on offer for current and aspiring Executive Leaders and CEOs and are therefore creating a suite of half day sessions throughout the 2021-22 academic year covering topics such as Trust management and strategic leadership with inputs including current case studies from our Executive Team including our Directors of Finance, HR & Corporate Services as well as our School Improvement Team.
If you would be interested in attending any of our bespoke EL sessions or wish to enrol for the NPQEL, run nationally by Ambition Institute, please use this link to a complete a simple form so that we can contact you with further information.

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Key Information

  • ProgrammeNPQEL
    Duration8 modules taught over a 12 month period
    LocationCLF Institute, Russell Town Avenue, Bristol  Find Us
    ApplyEnquire to apply for the NPQEL Enquire
  • £3950

    Includes all sessions, as well as executive coaching and a visit to a Trust

    If your school has over 30% FSM or if you are non-white British we may be able to offer a discounted rate as these are DfE recruitment targets.

  • If you are interested in taking part in this programme, or would like some further information. Please contact the Institute team who will be happy to help.

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Course Structure

Our executive leaders programme is delivered by experienced facilitators with contributions from current executive leaders. We offer 14 online sessions, each two hours long, addressing all curriculum content and assessment framework requirements. Participants have access to online materials via our VLE and support from our dedicated NPQ team of deliverers and administrators.
  • Pre and post course 360
  • Induction session
  • Pre and post session online tasks, readings, work-based activities and reflection.
  • Each session integrates delivery of assessment outcomes and learning behaviours
  • Final Assessment Preparation Workshop


  • Session 1
  • Session 2 & 3 - Core content
    Strategy & Improvement
  • Session 4 & 5 - Core content
    Teaching & Curriculum Excellence
  • Session 6 & 7 - Core content
    Leading with Impact
  • Session 8 & 9 - Core content
    Working in Partnership
  • Session 10 & 11 - Core content
    Managing Resources & Risks
  • Session 12 & 13 - Core Content
    Increasing Capability
  • Session 14
    Presentation and assessment session
  • “The course has given me much greater insight into the role of Executive Leadership, especially from a MAT perspective. The course materials have deepened my reading and led me down some different pathways, which have directly benefitted my school. "> NPQEL Delegate