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National Professional Qualifications

Every school across the Trust is expected to support teacher development through the range of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) available through the DfE.

National professional qualifications (NPQs) are designed to support the professional development of teachers and leaders and are available for teachers and leaders who want to develop their knowledge and skills in specialist areas of teaching practice.

NPQs available

The 4 NPQs in specialist areas of teaching have been designed with both classroom teachers and leaders in mind. They are:

  • Leading teacher development – learn how to become a teacher educator and successfully support teachers in your school to expand their skills

  • Leading teaching – learn how to lead the teaching and learning of a subject, year group or phase

  • Leading behaviour and culture – learn how to create a culture of good behaviour and high expectations in which staff and pupils can thrive

  • Leading literacy – learn how to effectively teach and promote literacy across the whole school, year group, key stage or phase

The leadership NPQs are:

  • Senior leadership – develop your leadership knowledge and expertise to improve outcomes for teachers and pupils in your school

  • Headship – develop the knowledge that underpins expert school leadership and apply it to become an outstanding headteacher

  • Executive leadership – develop the expertise you need to become an outstanding executive leader, leading change and improvement across your group of schools or multi-academy trust

  • Early years leadership – develop expertise in leading high-quality early years education and care, as well as effective staff and organisational management

Each NPQ is underpinned by a new content framework. These frameworks set out what participants should know and be able to do after completing an NPQ. Providers have used these to design their courses.

As well as the reformed NPQs, we have introduced an early headship coaching offer for new headteachers. This is a package of structured support and networking opportunities for teachers early on in their headship role.

Please contact our Director of Education, Jo Galloway: for further information.