National Professional Qualification in Leading Teaching (NPQLT)

In 12 months, you will discover what outstanding teaching looks like and use this knowledge to become a high performing leader of teaching.

  • One of a series of new, specialist NPQs
  • Gain an NPQ for Leading Teaching accreditation
  • Become an excellent leader of teaching
  • Flexible learning to suit your timetable

Why us?

We have designed this ground-breaking new NPQ to help you develop the knowledge and understanding of what excellent classroom teaching looks like.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Create a ‘golden thread’
The new 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.

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

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.

Evidence-informed

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

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 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

The content is delivered through blended learning. This includes a mix of real-time interactive sessions, face-to-face training, peer-led sessions and self-guided modules you complete in your own time.

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 teaching in a subject, year group, key stage, or phase.
  • 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 Teaching 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 teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

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

Interested in the programme?