National Professional Qualification in Leading Literacy (NPQLL)

Poor literacy skills are a significant barrier for young people in progressing in all aspects of their education. Become an expert in literacy and leadership and enable young people to benefit from the curriculum to improve their chances of success.

  • Gain a National Profession Qualification (NPQ) in Leading Literacy
  • Support colleagues to champion literacy
  • Access the latest evidence-based learning in literacy development
  • Grow your peer network

Why us?

This new, fully funded NPQ will help you learn the essential knowledge and skills to successfully lead high quality, literacy development and teaching in your school.

Our approach uses the latest research to help you put your learning into practice. You’ll train alongside other literacy leaders with similar responsibilities.

This is a new National Professional Qualification (NPQ) developed by the Department for Education (DfE). Each of the new NPQs share the same common language and framework to help drive improvement across schools and other educational settings.

With no project work and minimal time out of school, this NPQ is designed to fit around your busy timetable.

Benefits for you

Make a real difference

This programme will help you to offer all children in your school access to high-quality literacy in their education.

Excel at literacy leadership

Become a true champion of literacy. You’ll develop a thorough understanding of how you can improve literacy in your subject, phase and school, using the latest evidence-based research.

Build a network

You’ll have the opportunity to connect with other literacy leaders, sharing your experiences and building a strong support network.

Learn at your own pace

This programme is designed to fit with your busy teaching role and can be completed in bite-size chunks around your existing schedule.

Tailor your training

The programme allows you to apply theory to your school context.

Benefits for your school

Build brighter futures

By expertly championing literacy leadership in your school, you can make sure that every young person has the literacy skills to succeed across all curriculum areas.

Improve literacy at all levels

Participants will work on applying learning and improving literacy across your school and different subject areas – and support colleagues to do this too.

Create a ‘golden thread’

The new NPQs are all aligned. Your literacy leaders will benefit from an evidence-based framework with a common language which they can pass on to their colleagues.

Put knowledge into practice

This programme gives literacy leaders a comprehensive and accessible evidence base. This allows them to bridge the gap between what they know and how to apply it effectively in your school, to improve literacy and outcomes for pupils.

Invest in your leaders

By aligning staff professional development with wider school improvement priorities, you can make sure all pupils have access to high quality literacy support in their education.

Curriculum

Our programmes are designed so you can engage in live, facilitated sessions alongside modules you can complete at any time.

The launch conference for the Ambition central cohort will be held on Thursday 3 November and will run from 10am-5pm. This event will be taking place in-person and will be held in Coventry. The venue details will be provided during your onboarding.

Over 12 months, our NPQLL 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 for Education’s National Professional Qualification: Leading Literacy Framework.

You will:

  • Learn how to support staff, of all subject specialisms, to develop pupils’ language and literacy skills
  • Learn how pupils develop aspects of literacy, including:

understanding how children learn to talk, and how developing effective spoken language supports literacy development at every age and stage

understanding how children learn to become fluent readers and how teachers can help with this, from primary all the way through to secondary

exploring the importance of subject-specific vocabulary and different strategies to teaching this

knowing how to support pupils' writing – whether learning to write in primary school, through to writing academically at key stage five

  • Learn how to support, develop and teach pupils literacy using evidence-informed approaches
  • Learn how to lead literacy through curriculum, culture and motivation
  • Understand how effective literacy education can support your school
  • Contribute to effective professional development for literacy, linking it to teaching, the curriculum and assessment across the school.

Note: programme content is subject to change.

How you'll learn

Each of the six courses within the programme is taught through a combination of independent self-study modules, a facilitated live clinic, and a peer-led community session. The programme starts with a one-day live conference.

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. Either way, we work to give you the best possible experience tailored to your local context.

See our list of partners

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

There is no project work required for this NPQ.

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 sit an ‘open book’ style assessment in which you respond to a short case study.

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

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

Cost

NEW: The Department for Education has extended scholarship funding eligibility to all state schools and state funded organisations that offer 16-19 places in England.

DfE-funded scholarships are available for this NPQ for all those who meet the following criteria:

  • Have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading literacy in their school.
  • Work in a state-funded school or organisations that offer 16-19 places in England.

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

New for 2022

NPQ Scholarship funding has been extended for Autumn 2022 cohorts. Organisations now also eligible to access scholarships include:

  • independent special schools.
  • virtual schools (Local Authority run organisations that support the education of children in care).
  • hospital schools not already included in other categories of eligible organisations.
  • young offender institutions.

Support fund for small schools

The DfE have introduced a new Targeted Support Fund for small schools, to enable them to support their teachers and leader to undertake the NPQs.

This is a grant payment of £200 per participant to settings with 1-600 pupils for every teacher or leader they employ who participates on an NPQ.

Get in touch to find out more here.

Apply

Applications are now open for our Autumn 2022 NPQ cohorts. Start your application here.

To apply, you must be leading, or aspiring to lead, literacy in any phase of education. For example, you might be a head of literacy or literacy coordinator at your school or multi-academy trust.

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

Interested in the programme?