EMLC, the principal sponsor of the EMLC Academy Trust is a charity created for educational purposes originally established in 2002 mainly to support the development of outstanding education leadership. It has delivered significant training programmes most of which have been delivered through contracts with the National College of School Leadership (currently the National College for Teaching and Leadership). EMLC is a national expert in identifying, developing and assessing talented leaders for schools – this includes aspiring leaders.
Since 2008 EMLC has held national assessment contracts and now holds the national contract on behalf of the new National College for Teaching and Leadership for the assessment of a new suite of qualifications at Masters Level: NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship), NPQML (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership) and NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership). It is also a provider of leadership coaching, mentoring and development programmes.