NPQ in Leading Literacy (NPQLL)

The Programme:

This is a new specialist NPQ, successfully launched in Autumn 2022. This programme is designed to develop expertise in developing literacy in your school.

This programme is for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase.

The programme aims to help you and your school by:

  • Developing you as a literacy specialist
  • Enhancing the skills required to successfully lead literacy across your school
  • Developing skills to help colleagues develop literacy across the curriculum
  • Providing opportunities to work with other leaders of literacy and to work within a network of other school leaders.

This is a 15-month programme involving 12 months’ delivery through seminar workshops and self-directed on-line learning and up to three months for assessment. The programme will give participants the essential knowledge, skills and concepts underpinning the successful leadership of literacy. It will do so through exploring the following content modules based on the DfE’s NPQ frameworks:

  • Teaching
  • Developing language
  • Developing reading
  • Developing writing
  • Professional development
  • Implementation

For more information on the DfE’s NPQ framework, click here:

National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Literacy Framework (

The programme is delivered through:

  • Evidence-based on-line content using Teach First materials exploring each of the content modules
  • Seminars providing you with an opportunity for peer learning and the consolidation of learning within each of the content modules
  • Two face-to-face conferences to provide further opportunity for peer learning combined with expert input from specialist practitioners.

The DfE have announced that NPQ funding from Autumn 2024 will now be targeted to those teachers and leaders working in the most challenging schools or educational settings, serving more disadvantaged communities.

Therefore, funding to cover the full NPQ cost will only be available to teachers and leaders from the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding. Comparative disadvantage measures will be applied for 16-19 educational settings.

There are a limited number of funded spaces available.

If your school is not eligible for DfE scholarship funding, the cost for the NPQ in Leading Literacy (NPQLL) is £899.