NPQ in Leading Teaching (NPQLT)

The Programme:

This programme is designed to develop teachers who are subject leads or responsible for improving practice in a specific subject or phase.

The programme will support your understanding of the core principles behind learning and will support you to effectively sequence your curriculum. In addition, your role in implementing change within the curriculum and in supporting the professional learning of others will also be explored.

This programme is for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

All applicants must have completed 2 full years teaching following achieving QTS/QTLS/Level 5 (or equivalent) qualification.

The programme aims to help you and your school by:

  • Supporting your professional development through evidence-informed seminars and workshops
  • Working alongside other local leaders of teaching to support the development of peer learning
  • Providing opportunities to reflect and consolidate your broader understanding of teaching and learning
  • Increasing your confidence to lead teaching effectively
  • Supporting the retention of our best teachers

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 teaching. It will do so through exploring the following content modules based on the DfE’s NPQ frameworks:

  • Teaching
  • School culture
  • How pupils learn
  • Subject and Curriculum
  • Classroom practice
  • Adaptive teaching
  • Professional development
  • Implementation

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

National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Teaching Framework (

  • 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 Teaching (NPQLT) is £899.