NPQH Delivery and Dates

NPQH 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 Headteacher, 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 the feedback has been excellent – 100% of delegates would recommend the programme to a professional colleague. We understand some delegates are anxious about spending two days away from school and 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 may have with the residential and we will always do our best to ensure we find a resolution.

Our residentials will be held at the luxurious Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa, a 4 star hotel in Nantwich which is equidistant for our delegates from the North West and West Midlands and is only 5 miles away from Crewe train station.   *Those accessing our NPQH from outside these regions will be contacted as we can offer a room the night before the training.

This year we have over 80 on our NPQH programme. We plan for two cohorts each year but due to popular demand added an additional cohort for 2018 – 2019. NPQH places are taken very quickly and we generate waiting lists. For 2019 – 2020 we already have limited remaining places and cannot guarantee an additional third cohort. We advise you register and complete the application form as a real priority if you want to secure a place on the programme.

PLEASE NOTE: There is currently no guarantee from the DfE that the NPQs will be continued under licence post 2020 or that fully funded scholarships will be available in the future

APPLICATION WINDOW FOR NPQH 2019 – 2020 IS NOW OPEN – Deadline for applications: Window remains open until 18th October – places limited so register and complete your application as soon as possible.  

Please register to be sent an application form.

*Please be aware the application form needs you to invest quality time to evidence you hit the success criteria. You also need to ensure your sponsor has time to verify each section of your application and you need to plan for this.

2019 – 2020 Cohorts

Cohort G (Nearly full)

Launch Day – Friday 8th November 2019
Residential 1 – Thursday 16th and Friday 17th January 2020
Residential 2 – Thursday 30th April and Friday 1st May 2020

Cohort H
Launch Day – Thursday 7th November 2019
Residential 1 – Thursday 6th and Friday 7th February 2020
Residential 2 – Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June 2020.


Please ensure you have read our terms and conditions before you register.


Cohort currently running (application window now closed)

Cohort F 
Launch Day – Tuesday 5th March 2019
Residential  1 – Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th June 2019
Residential  2 – Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th September 2019