NPQEL Delivery and Dates

NPQEL Residential







“What a fantastic residential experience. I genuinely feel valued and looked after – in both my professional development as a leader and because of the impressive hotel facilities. Would recommend this as a real incentive to join this programme above others” Jo Whitmore Primary Head, Lichfield

At the Alliance of Leading Learning we are intent on investing fully in your professional learning. We want to ensure you have a quality experience and the time to focus solely on your leadership learning without the distractions of the day job. Our NPQH residential has proven to be exceptional and our feedback has year on year been 100% positive. We understand some delegates are anxious about 2 days away from school and also family commitments – but all feedback has confirmed such anxieties were surpassed by the deep learning achieved through investing this time.

*Please do contact us at with any personal issues you have with regards to the residential and we will always do our best to find a resolution.

Our residentials are held at Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa near Nantwich which is equidistant for our delegates from the North West and West Midlands and only 5 miles away from the main train station. Those accessing our NPQEL from outside these regions will be contacted as we can offer a room the night before the training.


Application process  – 

Application window for 2019-2020 is now open

Launch Day and Residential Dates are as follows:

Launch day: 28th November 2019
Residential 1 – Tuesday 3rd March to Wednesday 4th March 2020 (with Monday 2nd Accommodation also included*)
Residential 2 – Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th May 2020 (with Monday 18th Accommodation also included*)

*As we continue to invest in our busy leaders, we have decided to offer a hotel room the night prior as well as during the Residentials. This is to ensure you are well rested, not stuck in traffic and begin with the energy and enthusiasm the NPQEL requires.

To register, please click here.



2018 – 2019 Cohort Dates are as follows:

Launch day: 5th March 2019
Residential 1: 18th to 19th June 2019 (overnight accommodation on the 17th and 18th June included)
Residential 2: 17th to 18th September 2019 (overnight accommodation on the 16th and 17th September included)