National Professional Qualifications

Why study for a National Professional Qualification?

Studying your NPQs lets you develop your skills, knowledge and confidence to become a successful leader and outstanding teacher.

The NPQs allow you to continue your personal career development, whilst providing you with recognition for your work. You will gain Credits and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points by studying your NPQs at OIE, which can contribute towards a Master’s degree with Sheffield Hallam University.


NPQs at Outwood Institute of Education

The Outwood Institute of Education is delighted to be a provider of the National Professional Qualifications

At OIE children come first and everything we do underpins this key focus, including how we deliver our NPQ courses.
The NPQs at OIE are delivered by serving school leaders, in a learning environment at Outwood Grange Academy and Outwood Conference Centre Doncaster. All our tutors have a proven record of success, and all our evaluations to date have been outstanding. We blend the theory of leadership with practical learning, as we know this leads to improved outcomes for both you and for the children.

At OIE we are committed to your future development. When you finish your qualification we are always on hand to provide you with leadership support. We have built a strong relationship with Sheffield Hallam University to allow you to gain Credits and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points, which contribute towards a Master’s degree.

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  • National Professional Qualification for Headship
    If you are ready to become at outstanding headteacher, then the NPQH can help you achieve that. You should be an aspiring headteacher, who will be ready to take up a post as soon as you have graduated. The NPQH will give you the skills you need to lead an effective school. Once you have passed your Gateway Assessment you can apply to study with Outwood Institute of Education. We can offer you support with preparing for your assessment, right through to settling you into your new school.
  • National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership
    Are you an experienced middle leader looking to make the next move in your career? If you are, or if you have just taken a role in senior leadership, the NPQSL will be valuable to you. You are now in a position in your career where you are seeking professional development and new challenges, but aren’t aspiring to headship at this point. The NPQSL is the perfect qualification to help you progress your career to the next level. Why not email us at for more information and start your career progression today.
  • National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership
    Are you a key stage leader, a curriculum area leader, a pastoral services leader, a subject leader or a head of department? The NPQML will help you develop the right skills, knowledge and confidence you need to lead a high-performing team to improve practices in the classroom and help your school to becoming outstanding.
    Not sure if you are ready to become a middle leader? Email us at and a course leader will call you for a chat.

Comments given by some of our NPQ students studying at Outwood Institute of Education

National Professional Qualification Middle Leadership

Becky Simmons
Since doing the course I have been successful in securing a position as an associate assistant principal.

National Professional Qualification Middle Leadership

Manina Tyler-Mort
You get more face to face session than any other provider.

National Professional Qualification Middle Leadership

Nicola Copley
I am always impressed on how the courses are run at Outwood Institute.


Want more information on personal pathways? Email or complete the form below and a course leader will contact you.

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