National Professional Qualification in Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)

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

  • One of a series of new, specialist NPQs
  • Flexible learning to suit your timetable
  • Work with and learn from your peers
  • Create a positive culture in your school

Why us?

We have designed this ground-breaking new NPQ to help you develop a culture of high expectations and good behaviour in your school.

The programme uses the latest evidence-based learning and shows you how to put your findings into practice in your school setting. You will train alongside other teachers with similar responsibilities with content organised around the key challenges that you face in your role.

Our NPQs are designed to be highly flexible to fit around your day job. Our ‘little and often’ approach to how the curriculum is delivered will support you to see and feel that you are continually getting better.

Throughout your NPQ, you will have access to Steplab, the market leading professional development platform, built by teachers, for teachers. It has been designed to aid teacher education and maximise the impact of deliberate practice, with practice activities to help you get better faster.

Benefits for you

Become an expert
No matter what your ultimate career goal, this programme 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.

Train to your timetable
This programme is designed to fit around your busy teaching role and much of the work can be completed in bite-size chunks around your existing schedule.

Build your network
You will complete this programme alongside other teachers working in similar school environments. This gives you a chance to share your experiences and build a valuable 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 new 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 common knowledge base
All of Ambition Institute’s NPQs are aligned. Teachers and leaders who complete them share a common language and framework to drive behavioural and cultural change across your school.

Share knowledge
Participants will be learning alongside other teachers whose contexts are similar, facilitated by experienced trainers who know and understand your needs.

Evidence-based

The new and reformed NPQs have been developed as a complete series, sharing a common language. This means you can have the confidence that all the educators in your school are building and developing their knowledge from the same evidence-based frameworks.

Curriculum

Our programmes are designed for participants to engage in both live, facilitated sessions and modules that you can complete at any time.

Over 12 months, this includes:

  • One full day conference.
  • Six courses (each course lasts six weeks).
  • Each course includes six modules.
  • Five two-hour clinics (facilitated sessions).
  • One two-hour assessment clinic.
  • Six communities (one-hour group sessions).

What you’ll learn

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

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

The content is delivered through blended learning. This includes 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.

Note: programme content is subject to change.

Partners

You can join our central cohort for this programme, or work with a delivery partner in your region for an experience that’s more tailored to your local context. Either way, we work to give you the best possible experience.

You can find a list of our partners here.

What our partners can do for you

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

Our partner in your region will contextualise this knowledge and manage your experience on the programme, from high-quality facilitation to day-to-day support.

Tailored approaches

Our partner in your region will provide more information on how your NPQ will be delivered. The timings and methods of activity, sizes of cohorts and the cost of the programme may vary across delivery partners.

Contacting partners

Contact local delivery partners in your area for more information.

Assessment

The assessment window starts at the end of the 12-month programme and runs for three months. During this time, participants will be given an eight-day window to sit an ‘open book’ style assessment in which they respond to a short 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 participants.

Cost

NEW: as of the 12 October, the Department for Education extended scholarship funded eligibility to all state funded schools and state funded organisations that offer 16-19 places in England.

DfE-funded scholarships are available for this NPQ. They are available to all teachers 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 a state-funded school or organisations that offer 16-19 places in England.

Contact us to find out if you’re eligible.

If you do not work in an eligible school, the National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture costs £900 plus VAT.

If you believe you are eligible for scholarship funding, once you have completed an expression of interest with us, you will also need to register for your NPQ using the DfE’s online registration portal here.

Apply

Applications are now open for our February cohort. Start your application here.

If you have any questions, fill out this quick enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch with next steps.

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.

For example, you might be a pastoral lead, head of behaviour, an assistant or deputy headteacher, or a headteacher.

Places are only available to those working in schools in England and have been teaching for at least two years.

Interested in the programme?