National Professional Qualification in Leading Primary Mathematics

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.

In 12 months, participants will become an expert leader of primary mathematics and learn how to embed high-quality Mastery approaches to maths teaching in your school.

  • A new NPQ for primary maths leads
  • Flexible learning to suit your timetable
  • Fully funded for autumn 2024
  • Gain an NPQ in Leading Primary Mathematics

We are running this NPQ in collaboration with Haybridge Teaching School Hub, Ark Teaching School and the Central Maths Hub (spring 2024).

  • Primary Head of Teaching Development / CPD Lead
  • Primary Maths / Numeracy Leader
  • Key Stage / Phase Leader
  • Assistant / Deputy Head of primary or all-through school
  • Headteacher of primary or all-through school
  • Class teacher aspiring to lead mathematics
  • LA supply staff

This programme follows the Department for Education’s National Professional
Qualification (NPQ): Leading Primary Maths framework
On this programme, you will learn how to:

  • Understand what good primary maths teaching practice is and how to implement it
  • Embed mastery approaches to teaching maths in your school
  • Lead your school to teach maths effectively, working collaboratively with senior leaders and teachers
  • Develop your ability and capacity to improve the provision of maths across your school
  • Equip staff to plan effective primary maths lessons and stimulate your pupils’
  • Help colleagues to adapt their maths teaching to meet different needs
  • Align your professional development with wider school improvement priorities

    Note: programme content is subject to change

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

  • One full day conference (beginning of course)
  • 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 (1 hour 15 minute group sessions)

    The content is delivered through blended learning. This includes 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.
  • Excel as a teacher – Delve deeper into the nuts and bolts of what makes an effective primary maths teacher, what good maths teaching looks like, and how you can lead others so they can learn from you
  • Develop a positive maths culture – Learn how to create a positive attitude to maths in your primary school. You’ll learn how to develop systems that help your pupils overcome any maths anxiety and build their resilience to solving maths problems
  • Design an effective maths curriculum – As a leader of maths, you’ll learn how to implement and lead an effective maths curriculum. You’ll be able to identify the maths knowledge that pupils need, identify gaps in their understanding and make changes to improve outcomes
  • Build on your existing mastery expertise – This new NPQ will support you to embed mastery approaches to teaching maths in your school. You’ll also benefit from the design expertise of AC+ who have been working with primary schools for over a decade to develop effective approaches to teaching and leadership
  • Invest in your future – Ongoing professional development helps you to grow and thrive as a primary maths leader. You will follow an evidence-informed framework and gain a professional accreditation at the end of the programme
  • Learn to 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 primary maths teachers from similar school contexts. You can share your experiences and build a strong support network
  • Improve maths teaching – Your maths leaders will learn techniques to improve the teaching of maths across your school. This includes creating an effective school-wide teaching strategy through the careful sequencing of lessons as well as supporting teachers to understand and use evidence-informed approaches to maths teaching
  • Create a ‘golden thread’ – The new 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
  • Access the latest learning – Teachers will bring evidence-based teaching and learning into classrooms, meaning high quality teaching and improved pupil outcomes
  • 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 such as maths, 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 who 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; 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 can sit the assessment two times, if they need to
  • You need to pass the assessment and engage with 90% of 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! Department for Education NPQ scholarship funding is available for this NPQ to all publicly funded schools and 16 to 19 educational organisations in England.
DfE-funded scholarships are available for this NPQ for all those who meet the following criteria:

  • Teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading primary
    mathematics teaching across a school, key stage or phase.
  • Be familiar with mastery approaches to teaching maths or be a subject leader in a primary school which is already engaged in the Teaching for Mastery programme or a similar programme. We expect more information to be provided by the Department for Education in the summer term

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