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.


Gateway for applications for cohort K remains open – the deadline for application is Friday 16th October 2020 

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.

As you will be aware, we are renowned for the active facilitation of our programmes and we strongly advocate F2F  learning. This is particularly important for high profile programmes such as NPQH where the networking opportunity and the investment in time away from work is paramount to really embedding the learning. We are therefore actively planning for our gold standard residential experiences to take place for our NPQH. However, rest assured should restrictions remain in place for conferences we will continue delivery of the NPQH on line.

*Those of you in high risk groups and working from home for the foreseeable future will be supported in accessing the NPQH virtually and continuing to move your professional learning forward.


SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE – Update 21st July 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has communicated that scholarships funding is now currently exceeding budgets available so that funding may not now be available for all programmes commencing before the 31st March 2021.  Currently, the DfE are only guaranteeing programmes commencing before the 31st July.

Therefore at this stage we can only guarantee scholarship funding for participants registered and accepted onto programmes by 24th July 2020.

The current NPQ scholarship eligibility funding criteria for state-maintained schools in England is:

  1. All schools that are in a category 5 or 6 area.
  2. All schools that are part of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which has a footprint (at least one school) in a category 5 or 6 area.
  3. All schools that are part of a Diocese which has a footprint (at least one school) in a category 5 or 6 area.

Example of footprint: The participant is currently working in a school in a category 4, 3 , 2 or 1 area and wouldn’t be normally be eligible for funding; however, because the participant’s school is part of a MAT or Diocese, and within that MAT / diocese there is at least one school in a category 5 or 6 area, the participant is therefore eligible for funding.


Your launch Sessions will be delivered online via webinar and access to our online learning platform. We hope to deliver remaining sessions face-to-face in your chosen delivery location.

We continue to accept registrations and the new deadline for full applications for cohort K is Friday 16th October 2020.

Register now to secure these funded places.

Register today to claim your scholarship-funded NPQ.  Once registered we will confirm your place and provide further information.  Dates for delivery of the remaining three face-to-face sessions will be confirmed in the new academic year.  Any questions please contact us via


Cohort J
Online Launch Week – from 6th July 2020
Residential 1 – 12th and 13th November 2020
Residential 2 – 28th and 29th January 2021

Cohort K
Online Launch Day – from Monday 9th November 2020
Residential 1 – 3rd and 4th December 2020
Residential 2 – 11th and 12th March 2021




All participants should also have received an email regarding sessions and assessments if you have any queries please contact the team.

Cohort G 

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 now 1st and 2nd October 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 now 8th and 9th October 2020


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