National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching

We are now taking registrations of interest for autumn 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 designed for teachers, current or aspiring middle leaders in a phase, key
stage or subject and senior leaders.
Learn what outstanding teaching looks like and use this knowledge to become a high
performing leader of teaching.

  • A 12-month specialist qualification
  • Excel as a leader of teaching
  • Flexible learning to suit your timetable
  • Head of Teaching Development / CPD Lead
  • Year Group Leader
  • Subject Leader
  • Key Stage / Phase Leader
  • Head of Department
  • Assistant / Deputy Head
  • Headteacher
  • Head of ITT
  • Class Teacher
  • LA Supply Staff

Participants must be in, or have been in, a teaching role.

This programme follows the Department for Education’s National Professional
Qualification (NPQ): Leading Teaching Framework.

On this programme, you will learn how to:

  • Explain important ideas about the science of learning
  • Understand what good teaching practice is and how to implement it
  • Support colleagues to design a broad and coherent curriculum
  • Plan effective lessons and stimulate your pupils’ thinking
  • Help colleagues adapt their teaching to different needs
  • Contribute to the design of school assessment systems
  • Align your professional development with wider school improvement priorities
    Note: programme content is subject to change

Our NPQLT is designed so you can engage in live, facilitated sessions alongside modules you can complete at any time.
Over 12 months, our NPQLT 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 8 hours of 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.

  • Excel as a teacher – Delve into the nuts and bolts of what makes an effective teacher, what good teaching looks like, and how you can lead others and they can learn from you
  • Build on existing experience – This programme helps you to unpack and apply learning in teaching, curriculum and assessment – and to support others to develop in these areas. That’s whether you are a classroom teacher keen to develop your knowledge or a head of department wanting to maximise your impact
  • Align to wider school priorities – Learn what good teaching practice looks like, how to implement it and support colleagues to adapt teaching to different needs, design and deliver effective professional development, and align colleagues’ learning with wider school priorities
  • Invest in your future – Ongoing professional development helps you to grow and thrive as a teacher. You will follow an evidence-based 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 teachers from similar school contexts. You can share your experiences and build a strong support network
  • Access the latest learning – Teachers will bring evidence-based teaching and learning into classrooms, meaning high quality teaching and improved pupil outcomes
  • Aligned to school improvement priorities – Our NPQLT teaches participants how to help their colleagues adapt their teaching to different needs and align colleagues’ learning with wider your school priorities
  • 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
  • Identify future leaders – Competent and confident teachers who excel in their roles will be more likely to apply for middle or senior positions in your school when they arise
  • Retain your teaching talent – By allowing teachers to develop and nurture their talents in specialist areas 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 understands 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 Teaching, funded scholarships will be available for those who meet the following criteria:

  • Have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage, or phase
  • 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 Teaching 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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