National Professional Qualification for Leading Teacher Development

We are now taking registrations of interest for autumn 2024.

This course is designed for those who lead on the professional development of other
teachers.

Become an expert teacher educator and learn how to successfully support your teachers to
improve their own teacher practice through carefully sequenced professional development.

  • A 12-month specialist qualification
  • Specialise in teacher training
  • Flexible learning to suit your timetable
  • Fully funded for disadvantaged schools
  • Head of Teaching Development / CPD Lead
  • Year Group Leader
  • Subject Leader
  • Key Sage / Phase Leader
  • Head of Department
  • Assistant / Deputy Head
  • Headteacher
  • Head of ITT
  • Class Teacher
  • LA Supply Staff

May indirectly manage a team of mentors or coaches and their work is focussed on supporting ITT, ECTs as well as wider development of all colleagues across the school.

This programme follows the Department for Education’s National Professional
Qualification (NPQ): Leading Teacher Development Framework
.
On this programme, you will learn how to:

  • Make sure professional development in your school is focused on a shared
    responsibility for improving outcomes for all pupils
  • Diagnose what teachers know and can do, starting professional development from that point and adapting the approach based on developing their expertise
  • Help teachers improve through evidence-based professional development focused on improving classroom teaching
  • Gain an understanding of what teachers have learned by reviewing patterns of
    performance over a number of assessments develop and lead a team of colleagues who can facilitate a range of professional development approaches
  • Contextualise teacher development based on a variation of school, pupils and teacher needs
  • Contribute to a programme of professional development for mentors, trainees and early career teachers

    Note: programme content is subject to change.

Our NPQLTD is designed so you can engage in live, facilitated sessions alongside modules you can complete at any time.
Over 12 months, our NPQLTD 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 a teaching expert – The NPQLTD is designed to give you the ability to implement high quality professional development in your school. If you lead on teacher development including trainee teachers, those early in their career or across a school, this is the NPQ for you
  • Champion quality teaching – Many teachers who end up in leadership roles haven’t had any formal training to become teacher educators. This programme fills that gap by giving you the knowledge and insight to make classroom teaching in your school the best it can be
  • Designed by teaching leaders – Benefit from a programme which is designed and delivered by teacher development specialists and experts from across the sector
  • Invest in your future – Ongoing professional development helps you to grow and thrive as a teacher educator. 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 peers – You’ll get to train and collaborate with other teacher development leads on the programme, sharing your experiences and building a network
  • Improve your school’s teaching – Drawing on cutting-edge research, our NPQLTD programme is designed to support your teacher educators to identify areas for development, nurture best practice, and create the conditions for learning that will support teachers to develop their skills and lead to improved pupil outcomes
  • Designed for teacher development leads – Leading the development of teachers is complex. This NPQ is designed for those leaders who are supporting trainees through their Initial Teacher Training, mentoring Early Career Teachers, or designing CPD for experienced teaching staff
  • Create confident leaders – Teachers and leaders who complete this programme will be able to successfully oversee staff development, leading to better teaching at your school and improved pupil outcomes
  • Develop 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
  • Increase staff attainment – By investing in your teachers and leaders, you are showing confidence in their abilities. After completing the programme, they are more likely to stay in their roles and help you nurture the next generation of teaching talent
  • Tap into a network – Your leaders will train alongside peers from other teacher educators, supported by expert facilitators who fully understand their needs

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; 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.

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; 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.

If you do not work in an eligible school, the NPQ in Leading Literacy 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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