National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture

We are now taking registrations of interest for spring 2024.

Due to new funding guidelines, there are now limited places per NPQ and so we recommend submitting your application as soon as possible, once applications open. Applications will be checked carefully and will be accepted based on eligibility and suitability criteria and the application. We are unable to guarantee any places at this stage and schools and candidates should be aware that even if they are eligible for funding, they may not get a place.

This course is for teachers who lead on behaviour and supporting pupil wellbeing in your
school. Gain expertise in behaviour management and discover how to create a culture where staff
and pupils can thrive.

  • A 12-month specialist qualification
  • Create a positive culture in your school
  • Flexible learning to suit your timetable
  • Fully funded for disadvantaged settings
  • Head of Teaching Development / CPD Lead
  • Year Group Leader
  • Subject Leader
  • Key Stage / Phase Leader
  • Head of Department
  • Assistant / Deputy Head
  • Pastoral Lead
  • Headteacher
  • Head of ITT
  • Class Teacher
  • LA Supply Staff

This programme follows Department of Education’s National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Behaviour and Culture Framework.
On this programme, you will learn how to:

  • Create a culture of high expectations across your school
  • Support the development of a positive, predictable and safe environment for pupils
  • Assist pupils with complex behavioural needs
  • Nurture improvement through evidence-based professional development
  • Put new approaches to leading behaviour and culture into practice in your school setting
    Note: programme content is subject to change

Our NPQLBC is designed so you can engage in both live, facilitated sessions and modules that you can complete at any time.
Over 12 months, our NPQLBC includes:

  • One full day conference
  • Six courses (each course lasts about six weeks and loosely aligns with a school half term)
  • Each course includes six modules
  • Five two-hour clinics (facilitated sessions)
  • One two-hour assessment clinic
  • Three communities (1hr15mins group sessions)

The content is delivered through blended learning. This includes in-person delivery, a mix of real-time, interactive online sessions and self-guided modules you complete in your own time.
The programme includes facilitator-led sessions with your peer group that focus on decision making. The programme starts with a one-day live conference.

  • Become an expert – No matter what your ultimate career goal, the NPQLBC offers continuous professional development and a chance to develop specific expertise with tailored feedback and support.
  • Drive meaningful change – Develop your knowledge in leading behaviour and culture and apply it in practice across your school to engage and motivate staff and pupils and reduce disruption in classrooms.
  • Create a positive school culture – Learn to think beyond managing individual classrooms and develop school-wide systems and processes to support pupils and get the best out of them.
  • Designed by experts – Benefit from a programme which is designed and delivered by pupil behaviour and school culture specialists and experts from across the sector.
  • Invest in your future – Ongoing professional development helps you to grow and thrive as a leader. You will follow an evidence-informed framework and gain a professional accreditation at the end of the programme.
  • Learn at your pace – This programme is designed to fit around your busy teaching role. Much of the work can be completed in short bursts around your existing schedule.
  • Connect with your peers – You will train alongside other leaders of behaviour and school culture from similar school contexts. You can share your experiences and build a strong support network.
  • Improve pupil outcomes – Pupils are more likely to thrive in a positive and encouraging school environment driven by model behaviour and a consistent approach to rules and rewards.
  • Build a positive culture – Investing in your teachers’ development will make them feel supported and more satisfied in their work. This will filter down to the classroom, creating happier, more motivated pupils.
  • Highly flexible delivery – Our NPQs are designed to fit around your teachers’ existing working timetables and are delivered in short, sharp bursts of learning. Your participants can complete weekly, online units, at a time that suits them.
  • Create a ‘golden thread’ – The NPQs are all aligned. So, no matter what career stage your teachers are at, by joining this programme, they will benefit from an evidence-based framework. They will also share a common language with other NPQ participants that they can pass on to colleagues.
  • Retain your teaching talent – By allowing teachers to develop and nurture their talents in specialist areas such as school culture you are investing in their future. This will boost their confidence, making them feel supported and less likely to apply for jobs elsewhere.
  • Tap into a network – Your teachers will train alongside peers from other schools with similar contexts, supported by facilitators that fully understand your needs.

Our NPQ courses no longer include a large project at the end. Instead, you’ll sit an ‘open book’ style assessment in which you respond to a short case study.

The assessment window starts at the end of the 12-month programme and runs for three months. during this time, you’ll be given an eight-day window to complete the case study.

There are two assessment windows every year, and participants have up to two opportunities to sit the assessment, if they need to.
You need to complete the course to qualify for the NPQ accreditation.
We will offer a webinar and live clinic in advance of the assessment window to support you.

New for autumn 2024! DfE-funded scholarships for this NPQ will target those teachers and leaders who work in the most challenging schools or educational settings, serving more disadvantaged communities.
For the NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture, funded scholarships will be available for those who meet the following criteria:

  • Have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school
  • Work in the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding and 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage in England

We expect more eligibility information including which schools and settings will be able to access this funding, to be provided by the Department for Education in the summer term.

If you do not work in an eligible school, the NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture costs £899 plus VAT

How to apply

Applications for autumn 2024 are yet to open, but we are currently taking registrations of interests.

Fill out this form, to be added onto our waiting list and be the first to know when applications open!

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