National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)

This course is for teachers who lead on behaviour and supporting pupil wellbeing in your school.

Gain expertise in behaviour management and discover how to create a culture where staff and pupils can thrive.

  • A 12-month specialist qualification
  • Create a positive culture in your school
  • Flexible learning to suit your timetable
  • Fully funded for disadvantaged settings
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Why us?

Choose our NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture and you’ll be joining over 29,000 teachers and school leaders (as of March 2024), who have decided on an Ambition NPQ since they were launched in 2021.

Evidence informed curriculum
Our carefully sequenced and evidence informed NPQ is designed around the key problems you face. You’ll learn to develop a culture of high expectations which has a positive impact on school outcomes.

Access the latest research
This includes research on motivating classrooms, enabling conditions for good behaviour and supporting pupils who need more intensive support.

Train to your timetable
Our ‘little and often’ approach means you can engage with our NPQs around your busy timetable, with minimal time needed out of school. On average just one hour per week to engage in our NPQLBC.

No large project
Plus, on our NPQs there’s no large project at the end. Instead, you’ll sit an ‘open book’ assessment with support via two on-demand webinars and a dedicated, live assessment preparation clinic to help you get the most from your NPQ.

Benefits for you

Become an expert
No matter what your ultimate career goal, the NPQLBC offers continuous professional development and a chance to develop specific expertise with tailored feedback and support.

Drive meaningful change

Develop your knowledge in leading behaviour and culture and apply it in practice across your school to engage and motivate staff and pupils and reduce disruption in classrooms.

Create a positive school culture
Learn to think beyond managing individual classrooms and develop school-wide systems and processes to support pupils and get the best out of them.

Designed by experts
Benefit from a programme which is designed and delivered by pupil behaviour and school culture specialists and experts from across the sector.

Invest in your future
Ongoing professional development helps you to grow and thrive as a leader. You will follow an evidence-informed framework and gain a professional accreditation at the end of the programme.

Learn at your pace
This programme is designed to fit around your busy teaching role. Much of the work can be completed in short bursts around your existing schedule.

Connect with your peers
You will train alongside other leaders of behaviour and school culture from similar school contexts. You can share your experiences and build a strong support network.

Benefits for your school

Improve pupil outcomes
Pupils are more likely to thrive in a positive and encouraging school environment driven by model behaviour and a consistent approach to rules and rewards.

Build a positive culture
Investing in your teachers’ development will make them feel supported and more satisfied in their work. This will filter down to the classroom, creating happier, more motivated pupils.

Highly flexible delivery
Our NPQs are designed to fit around your teachers’ existing working timetables and are delivered in short, sharp bursts of learning. Your participants can complete weekly, online units, at a time that suits them.

Create a ‘golden thread’
The NPQs are all aligned. So, no matter what career stage your teachers are at, by joining this programme, they will benefit from an evidence-based framework. They will also share a common language with other NPQ participants that they can pass on to colleagues.

Retain your teaching talent
By allowing teachers to develop and nurture their talents in specialist areas such as school culture you are investing in their future. This will boost their confidence, making them feel supported and less likely to apply for jobs elsewhere.

Tap into a network
Your teachers will train alongside peers from other schools with similar contexts, supported by facilitators that fully understand your needs.

Frequently asked questions

Who is the NPQLBC programme for?
The NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture is designed teachers who have, or is aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in your school.

How long does the NPQLBC programme last?
The NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture is a twelve-month programme, with a mixture of live, facilitated sessions and self-directed learning.

How does the NPQLBC programme accommodate busy schedules?
The NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture is designed to fit around your schedule with a 'little and often' approach that aligns with insights from the science of learning.

Is the NPQLBC programme fully funded?
The NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture is DfE-funded for teachers and school leaders who work in the most challenging schools or educational settings, serving more disadvantaged communities in England. Find out more about the eligibility criteria in the 'Funding' tab.

Are there any specific requirements to enrol on the NPQLBC programme?
To be eligible for the NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture, you must be a serving teacher in a school or eligible organisation in England and have completed your early career training.

Curriculum

Our NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture course follows the Department of Education’s National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Behaviour and Culture Framework.

On this programme, you will learn how to:

  • create a culture of high expectations across your school
  • support the development of a positive, predictable and safe environment for pupils
  • assist pupils with complex behavioural needs
  • nurture improvement through evidence-based professional development
  • put new approaches to leading behaviour and culture into practice in your school setting.

Note: programme content is subject to change.

How you'll learn

Our NPQLBC is designed so you can engage in both live, facilitated sessions and modules that you can complete at any time.

Over 12 months, our NPQLBC includes:

  • One full day conference.
  • Six courses (each course lasts about six weeks and loosely aligns with a school half term).
  • Each course includes six modules.
  • Five two-hour clinics (facilitated sessions).
  • One two-hour assessment clinic.
  • Three communities (1hr15mins group sessions).

The content is delivered through blended learning. This includes 8 hours of in-person delivery (v via 1 full day conference and at least 1 in-person twilight session), a mix of real-time, interactive online sessions and self-guided modules you complete in your own time.

The programme includes facilitator-led sessions with your peer group that focus on decision making. The programme starts with a one-day live conference.
Note: programme content is subject to change.

Locations

Join a local cohort with one of our regional partners and benefit from our expert curriculum design along with a tailored experience linked to your local context.

If you are unable to find a local cohort, you can join Ambition’s national cohort and gain a national network of peers. Either way, we work to give you the best possible experience.

Find a cohort that’s local to you in our list of partners here.

What our partners can do for you

Ambition Institute provides high-quality content and materials, built on our experience in schools and other learning environments, and our deep knowledge of evidence and practice.

Our partner in your region will put this knowledge into context and manage your experience on the programme, from facilitation to day-to-day support.

The timings and methods of activity, sizes of cohorts and the cost of the programme may vary across delivery partners.

Assessment

Our NPQ courses no longer include a large project at the end. Instead, you’ll sit an ‘open book’ style assessment in which you respond to a short case study.

The assessment window starts at the end of the 12-month programme and runs for three months. During this time, you’ll be given an eight-day window to complete the case study.

There are two assessment windows every year, and participants can sit the assessment two times, if they need to.

You need to complete the course to qualify for the NPQ accreditation.

We will offer a webinar and live clinic in advance of the assessment window to support you.

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Funding

New for autumn 2024! DfE-funded scholarships for this NPQ will target those teachers and leaders who work in the most challenging schools or educational settings, serving more disadvantaged communities.

For the NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture, funded scholarships will be available for those who meet the following criteria:

  • Have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.
  • Work in the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding and 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage in England.

If you're unsure whether you will qualify for this 'pupil premium' based on funding, please use our online eligibility check tool.

Scholarship-funded places are very limited, so access to funding will be subject to availability. To have the best chance of claiming a funded place, please apply as soon as possible once applications open.

*Currently nurseries are not available yet on the tool. If you work in a nursery, please contact us directly at [email protected]

We expect more eligibility information including which schools and settings will be able to access this funding, to be provided by the Department for Education in the summer term.

If you do not work in an eligible school, the NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture costs £899 plus VAT.

Get in touch to find out more.

Apply

Applications have now closed for our spring 2024 NPQ cohorts. We expect to be delivering NPQs in autumn 2024.

Register your interest now to hear about future NPQ cohorts.

To apply, you must be a teacher who has, or is aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in your school.

NPQs are not suitable for active Early Career Teachers.

If you have any questions, email [email protected] and a member of our team will be in touch with next steps.

Interested in the programme?