Our NPQ Programmes

Programme Information

Our delivery model is grounded in tried-and-tested evidence of effective school improvement from both the UK and US. The programmes are underpinned by theory, mapped for progression across all qualification levels, and application of learning prioritised to facilitate successful implementation.

Programme Model

The programme will use ‘see it, name it, do it’ as an organisational structure for scaffolding learning to the point of mastery. The model is a highly applied and personalised approach coined by the internationally renowned Leverage Leadership Institute. 

  • See it: The approach goes beyond theory by using current, real-life models of exemplary practice
  • Name it: By identifying features of exemplary practice, the invisible is made visible. Participants reflect on their current practice and name their ‘gaps’
  • Do it: Participants are guided through implementation planning with time for practice, peer feedback and the use of gap tasks. As part of formative assessment, participants then ‘fix their gaps’ by applying their learning in school. 


Embedded assessment practice

Opportunities to ‘do it’, through practice and planning give the best chance of successful implementation and lead to rapid school improvement. Application of learning provides regular practice opportunities for final scenario-based assessment.

Blended learning

The programme is made up of a blend of synchronous and asynchronous, in-person, online and self-study components. You can find more details on the dedicated programme pages.

Programmes:

NPQLT

The National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching (NPQLT) is aimed at teachers who lead, or aspire to lead, teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase. Responsibilities may include managing a team of teachers and supporting effective teaching across a school.

NPQLTD

The National Professional Qualification for Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD) is aimed at teachers who lead, or aspire to lead, the development of other teachers in their school. Responsibilities may include the development of all teachers across a school or specifically trainees or teachers who are early in their career.

NPQLBC

The National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC) is aimed at teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school. Responsibilities may include ensuring good behaviour and a culture of high expectations and learning are maintained across the school.

NPQSL

The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is aimed at school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities. Responsibilities may include contributing to all aspects of the school through the leadership team as well as having a specific whole school responsibility of their own. 

NPQH

The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is aimed at school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school. 

NASONHT

The additional support offer is suitable for new head teachers who have taken the reformed NPQH or will be taking the NPQH in their first two years in role (the ‘NPQH Additional Support Offer for New Head Teachers’). This is a targeted package of support tailored to the needs of Teachers new to the role of headship.

NPQEL

The National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) is aimed at school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher or have a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools.