NPQEL Delivery and Dates

NPQEL Residential

Rookery Hall Hotel and Crewe Hall Hotel






“Fantastic couple of days – we were worked hard and I was exhausted by bedtime on day one, however I feel like I have learnt lots and had a fantastic experience. Hotel rooms and food were lovely as were refreshments. Speakers were great and very thought-provoking – a really worthwhile experience and thoroughly enjoyed.”   

Rhian Williams, Executive Principal, Merseyside

“One of the best training experiences I have received.”     

Richard Lane, CEO Mercia Primary Academy Trust

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.  We understand that 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.  We use high quality hotels that are equidistant for our delegates from the North West and West Midlands.  Rookery Hall Hotel sits a short distance from Crewe mainline train station (one and half hours from the centre of London by train).


Application process  – 

Application window for 2019-2020 is now open

Deadline for full application is Friday 8th November 2019.  Please register here and we will forward you the full application pack.

2019 – 2020 Cohort Details are as follows:

Launch day: Thursday 28th November 2019
Residential 1 – Tuesday 3rd March to Wednesday 4th March 2020 (with Monday 2nd March accommodation also included*)
Residential 2 – Tuesday 19th May and Wednesday 20th May 2020 (with Monday 18th May 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 the residential with the energy and enthusiasm the NPQEL requires.




2018 – 2019 Cohort Dates:

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)