Choosing the right NPQ for you and your setting

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National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are trusted, transferable qualifications accredited by the Department for Education.

They are designed to help teachers hone and develop the skills they already have, helping them become a more effective leader inside and outside the classroom and to facilitate excellence across a range of contexts.

We are committed to ensuring that NPQs continue to offer the best possible support to teachers and leaders wanting to expand their knowledge and skills.

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National Professional Qualification in Early Years Leadership

In 18 months, participants will develop expertise in early years leadership, helping to give all children up to the age of five the best possible start in life.


Early Headship Coaching Offer for New Headteachers

Over three terms you will benefit from expert guidance from an experienced, serving Headteacher to help you apply expertise from the NPQH.

National Professional Qualification in Executive Leadership

In 18 months, you will develop the expertise you need to become an outstanding executive leader, leading change and improvement across your group of schools or multi academy trust.


National Professional Qualification in Headship

In 18 months, you will develop the knowledge that underpins expert school leadership and apply it to become an outstanding Headteacher.

National Professional Qualification in Leading Behaviour and Culture

In 12 months, you will gain expertise in behaviour management and discover how to create a culture where staff and pupils can thrive.

National Professional Qualification in Leading Literacy

In 12 months, participants will become an expert in literacy and leadership and enable young people to benefit from the curriculum to improve their chances of success.


National Professional Qualification in Leading Primary Mathematics

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

National Professional Qualification in Leading Teaching

In 12 months, you will discover what outstanding teaching looks like and use this knowledge to become a high performing leader of teaching.

National Professional Qualification in Leading Teacher Development

In 12 months, you will gain the knowledge to become a teacher educator and successfully support teachers in your school to expand their skills.


National Professional Qualification for SENCOs

In 18 months, you’ll become an expert leader of special educational needs and learn how you can build an inclusive culture in your school where all pupils can succeed.

National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership

This 18-month programme helps you develop your leadership knowledge and expertise to improve outcomes for teachers and pupils in your school.

*Fully funded courses subject to confirmation following the general election.

We are proud to be working in partnership with Ambition Institute to deliver the full range of Specialist and Leadership NPQs. We believe that Ambition’s system-led leadership programme offers the best experience for colleagues embarking on these qualifications. The blend of clinics, conferences and communities offers a high-quality CPD experience across all NPQs.

John Winter
Pathfinder NPQ Lead

“Following on from the successful delivery of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) in the Yorkshire-Humber region over the last 4 years, I am delighted to be involved in the leading and delivery of the new reformed NPQ’s on behalf of Pathfinder Teaching School Hub and in collaboration with a range of regional partners. These new NPQs offer an exciting opportunity for us to collaborate across the region to further improve teaching and leadership in our schools so that pupils can be taught by an expert teacher and led by expert leaders.”

Frequently Asked Questions

For all programmes the time commitment for a participant is at least 50 minutes per week.  The 50 minutes study each week is made up of a combination of Insight and Application modules.

Insight modules: Weeks 1, 3 and 5 are independent and can be accessed whenever you want during the week through an online platform.  Through accessing the Insight modules, you will engage with new learning linked to your NPQ programme at your own pace.

Application modules: Weeks 2, 4 and 6 are completed with a `buddy’ so you will pair up and spend those 50 minutes (max) together either virtually or in person.  Your buddy will provide support throughout the programme.

In addition to the Insight and Application modules, there will be scheduled Clinics (2hr) and Communities (1hr 15mins).  As a rough guide, you will have a Clinic each half-term and three (Specialist) or five (Leadership) Communities spread over the programme duration.

NPQLBC, NPQLL, NPQLT, NPQLTD, NPQLPM  The only time out of school required is for the one-day launch Conference and one of the twilight Clinics (which is scheduled approximately halfway through the Programme).

All other Clinics are run virtually (4-6pm) to minimise the impact on pupils.  Clinics are roughly once a half-term.  The Programme lasts for 12 months, comprising six six-week courses).

NPQSL & NPQEYL: Two days out of school, the launch Conference and a second Conference at the 3/4 point of the Programme.  All Clinics are run inside the working day but outside of teaching time (4-6pm) to minimise the impact on pupils.  Clinics are roughly once a half-term.  The Programme lasts for 18 months, comprising nine six-week courses.

NPQH: Three days out of school, the launch Conference and a Conference at the 3/4 point of the programme.  You will also be required to do a school visit to another school and can timetable that yourself.  All Clinics are run inside the working day but outside of teaching time (4-6pm) to minimise the impact on pupils.  Clinics are roughly once a half-term.  The programme lasts for 18 months, comprising nine six-week courses.

The Assessment is a case study of 2000 words, which you read, and have 8 days to respond to in no more than 1500 words (essay style, continuous prose).  The Clinics that you will attend every 6 weeks take you through problem-solving/scenario based approaches to problem-solving, so this is great preparation for the Assessment.  The Assessment Clinic at the end of the programme will also prepare you for your 1500 word response.  You must also engage with at least 90% of the Course Content/Clinics/Conferences/Communities throughout your course to pass.

2024-5 NPQ cohorts

Funding for the 2024-5 NPQ cohorts has been announced, with the NPQ for Leading Primary Mathematics, the new NPQ for SENCOs which replaces the previous NASENCO qualification, the NPQ for Headship and the Early Headship Coaching Offer having full scholarship funding for teachers and school leaders in all state schools in England (including Post-16 organisations) – plus independent special schools, virtual schools, hospitals schools and young offender institutions

The remaining NPQ qualifications; Leading Behaviour and Culture, Leading Literacy, Leading Teaching, Leading Teacher Development, Senior Leadership, Early Years Leadership and Executive Leadership may have funding based on the status of the participants and their schools. Funding is being targeted to the most disadvantaged education settings and further details will be released in due course. You can register your interest in any of the NPQs via our Expression of Interest form which can be found here.

Access to funding remains conditional upon successful validation of participant registration information against Teaching Regulation Agency records, so you must ensure that the information supplied to your NPQ provider matches your teacher record.  You can check and update your record via the Teaching Regulation Agency Teacher Self-Service Portal.

If you are not eligible for scholarship funding you can still undertake an NPQ.  Please contact us for further information.

Clinics are two-hour, facilitated sessions that aim to check participant understanding of the content delivered through the Insight and Application modules in previous six-week course, address common misconceptions, further contextualise the content and support the building of a community/network.

Communities are structured, peer-led sessions focussing on solving problems, applying the theory in context and supporting with network building.  The aim of your Community sessions is to help you to:

  • Identify your trickiest professional problems and explore ways to address them;
  • Learn from one another’s experiences and develop a network of support;
  • Improve knowledge and practice around the NPQ framework.
As a leader of a large multi academy trust, I see first hand the value of these qualifications. The NPQs provide the opportunity to drive staff development, leadership and progression locally within individual schools and also across the wider trust. Most importantly, these qualifications all support the improvement of provision and practice in the classroom and thus improving outcomes for the children in our care.

Gail Brown, CEO Ebor Academy Trust