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National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership

Develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours that you need to be a high-performing senior leader in schools. All schools can access the programme. Costs vary between providers, but a scholarship may be available to cover the course and assessment fees.

Local providers

Exceed Institute

Exceed Institute, part of Exceed Academies Trust, is a lead partner to Carnegie Leaders in Learning. Exceed Institute utilises current leaders from high-performing schools and trusts to facilitate National Professional Qualification (NPQ) programmes at it’s training suite on the Bradford/Leeds border or virtually. 


Northern Lights TSA

Northern Lights Teaching School Alliance (NLTSA) is a lead partner to Carnegie Leaders in Learning. It is led by two outstanding schools at the forefront of teaching and learning: Skipton Girls’ High School and Feversham Academy, in Bradford. Our work is focussed in, but not exclusive to, Bradford, Keighley and North Yorkshire. 


The Catholic Schools Partnership Teaching School Alliance (CSPTSA)

The Catholic Schools Partnership was designated as a Teaching Schools Alliance in 2014 and is a respected partnership in Bradford and Keighley, comprising primary and secondary schools including schools of the Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Multi-Academy Trust.


Yorkshire and Humber providers

Carnegie Leader in Learning

Carnegie Leaders in Learning has a strong track record of delivering professional development to schools across the Yorkshire and Humber region and beyond. We have worked with schools for more than 16 years and core to our approach is a commitment to delivering a service that is personalised, flexible and reliable.


Inspiring Leaders

Inspiring Leaders aim to develop and deliver the best possible route through your leadership journey providing participants with a gold standard route into middle and senior leadership, on to headship and beyond.


Learners First

Learners First is led by Wickersley School and Sports College, Rotherham.


The Humber Teaching School and Leading Learning Forward Teaching School Alliance

The Humber Teaching School and our alliance is a partnership of schools and institutions sharing our skills, experience, talent and capacity to help improve outcomes and the learning experience for young people across Yorkshire and the Humber.


Yorkshire Leadership Community

The Yorkshire Learning Community stepped leadership programmes aim to provide a coherent developmental learning experience across all of the levels, which builds on prior knowledge and experience, provides progression in learning, and which is also financially viable for the schools involved.


National providers

Ambition Institute

Ambition Institute run training programmes for teachers, school leaders and system leaders, serving children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Their courses support educators at every stage – from new teachers through to leaders of groups of schools – to keep getting better.


Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP)

The Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP) is a national network of over 80 Teaching School Alliances, Multi-Academy Trusts, Dioceses and schools groups working in collaboration to design, develop and deliver professional development for the education workforce. 


Real Training

Real Training state that by developing your skills, confidence and career with Real Training, you can be assured that you are working with true experts in masters-level online professional development


The School, Students and Teachers Network (SSAT)

SAT state that they believe that schools can be the liveliest, most inspiring communities on earth. They can set students up for life.


Star Institute

Star Institute, part of Star Academies Trust, is committed to the professional and personal development of the school workforce and to making a significant contribution to a self-improving school system.


Teach First

Teach First’s challenge is to unlock the potential in all our children, not just some.


UCL Institute of Education

Designed in collaboration with some of the country’s leading headteachers and academics, NPQs will develop talented leaders from all backgrounds who can deliver educational excellence in a self-improving system and high-quality outcomes for pupils and students.


A full list of regional and national providers is available on the Department for Education (DfE) website.