National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching (NPQLT)

This course is designed for teachers, current or aspiring middle leaders in a phase, key stage or subject and senior leaders.

Learn what outstanding teaching looks like and use this knowledge to become a high performing leader of teaching.

  • A 12-month specialist qualification
  • Excel as a leader of teaching.
  • Flexible learning to suit your timetable
  • Fully funded for disadvantaged schools
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Why us?

Choose our NPQ for Leading Teacher 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 launched in 2021.

Evidence informed curriculum
Our carefully sequenced and evidence informed NPLT is designed around the key problems you face. Learn the knowledge and understanding of what excellent classroom teaching looks like.

Access the latest research
Develop your expertise in areas including the science of learning, instruction, curriculum, assessment, classroom culture and adaptive teaching.

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 NPQLT.

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

Excel as a teacher
Delve into the nuts and bolts of what makes an effective teacher, what good teaching looks like, and how you can lead others and they can learn from you.

Build on existing experience
This programme helps you to unpack and apply learning in teaching, curriculum and assessment – and to support others to develop in these areas. That’s whether you are a classroom teacher keen to develop your knowledge or a head of department wanting to maximise your impact.

Align to wider school priorities
Learn what good teaching practice looks like, how to implement it and support colleagues to adapt teaching to different needs, design and deliver effective professional development, and align colleagues’ learning with wider school priorities.

Invest in your future
Ongoing professional development helps you to grow and thrive as a teacher. You will follow an evidence-based 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 teachers from similar school contexts. You can share your experiences and build a strong support network.

Benefits for your school

Access the latest learning
Teachers will bring evidence-based teaching and learning into classrooms, meaning high quality teaching and improved pupil outcomes.

Aligned to school improvement priorities

Our NPQLT teaches participants how to help their colleagues adapt their teaching to different needs and align colleagues’ learning with wider your school priorities.

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.

Identify future leaders

Competent and confident teachers who excel in their roles will be more likely to apply for middle or senior positions in your school when they arise.

Retain your teaching talent

By allowing teachers to develop and nurture their talents in specialist areas 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 understands your needs.

Frequently asked questions

Who is the NPQLT programme for?
The NPQ for Leading Teaching is designed for teachers who has, or is aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

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

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

Is the NPQLT programme fully funded?
The NPQ for Leading Teaching 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 NPQLT programme?
To be eligible for the NPQ for Leading Teaching, you must be a serving teacher in a school or eligible organisation in England and have completed your early career training.

Curriculum

This programme follows the Department for Education’s National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Teaching Framework.

On this programme, you will learn how to:

  • explain important ideas about the science of learning
  • understand what good teaching practice is and how to implement it
  • support colleagues to design a broad and coherent curriculum
  • plan effective lessons and stimulate your pupils’ thinking
  • help colleagues adapt their teaching to different needs
  • contribute to the design of school assessment systems
  • align your professional development with wider school improvement priorities.

Note: programme content is subject to change.

How you'll learn

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

Over 12 months, our NPQLT 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 (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 Teaching, funded scholarships will be available for those who meet the following criteria:

  • Have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage, or phase.
  • 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 Teaching 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 teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

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?