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 is now open 

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.

In these strange times we need to ensure more than ever our leaders have the leadership competencies to adapt to the “New Normal” and support others in their teams with drive and resilience. Although we advocate F2F facilitated learning – all of our programmes will also be available on line to ensure we continue delivery if certain restrictions remain. Also those of you in high risk groups and working from home for the foreseeable future will be supported in accessing the NPQs and moving your professional learning forward. 



The Department for Education (DfE) have confirmed that scholarships are available for all NPQ programmes commencing before the 31st August 2020.

Register by Friday, 12th June 2020 and submit a completed application by the 29th June to secure these funded places.

Whilst the criteria remains the same for this period, it is going to CHANGE in September 2020 so beyond this we cannot guarantee scholarship funding.

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.

Your launch day will take place on Monday 6th July to ensure that delegates qualify for the scholarships. These launch sessions will be via a webinar and an online training session.

Register today to claim your scholarship funded NPQ.    If you have any questions please contact us via


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

Cohort K
Online Launch Day – 6th July 2020
Residential 1 – 3rd and 4th December 2020
Residential 2 – 11th and 12th March 2021




Please refer to the updated Covid-19 page – all participants should also have received an email regarding sessions and assessments.

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 8th and 9th 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.