Aspire Academy Trust

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

OLP LogoAspire Academy Trust have joined forces with Best Practice Network as a delivery partner for National Professional Qualifications (NPQs), a suite of qualifications accredited by the Department for Education for school leaders. This means we are able to deliver these courses across Cornwall  - and you do not have to be a part of the Aspire Academy Trust to access them.BPN Supported by

The NPQ for Middle Leaders and NPQ for Senior Leaders courses can be funded through the Apprenticeship Levy, making this development route more accessible. The courses are matched to the Level 5 Operations / Department Manager standard, making this a dual-award route. 

NPQs are a nationally recognised qualification, providing the opportunity for aspiring school leaders to develop skills, knowledge and confidence for sustained school improvement.

How to Access NPQs via Apprenticeship Levy Funding



Both these qualifications follow a route of blended learning - a combination of face to face learning, online learning and briefings. They each start with a 360 Leadership Diagnostics, to help learners determine their starting points and focus for development.

The NPQML takes around 15-18 months to complete, and is suitable for those who are or would like to be a middle leader, leading a team of others. This may include:

  • Key Stage leader

  • Curriculum lead

  • Pastoral lead

  • Subject lead

  • Head of department

NPQML Course Specification


The NPQSL takes a similar amount of time, and is suitable for those who have, or aspire to have, cross-school responsibilities. This may include some of the following roles:

  • Experienced middle leader

  • Deputy/Assistant Head of School

  • SEN coordinator

  • Other senior staff

NPQSL Course Specification


For more information on NPQs and our offer as a delivery parter with Best Practice Network, visit our partner page here. Here you will also find the most up to date information on upcoming courses and registration. You can also drop us an email