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.

Apply now for a fully funded place while they're still available and start your NPQLT in February 2024.

  • One of 4 new specialist NPQs
  • Flexible learning to suit your timetable
  • Fully funded for state schools
  • Gain an NPQ in Leading Teaching accreditation
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Why us?

Choose our NPQ in Leading Teaching and you’ll be joining over 25,000 teachers and school leaders (as of November 23), who have decided on an Ambition NPQ since they were launched in 2021.

On our NPQLT, you’ll benefit from our evidence-informed curriculum to develop the knowledge and understanding of what excellent classroom teaching looks like.

Throughout the course, you’ll get access to the key research on areas including assessment, curriculum and instruction. Rather than spending your time sourcing the latest insights, you’ll instead focus on putting your learning into practice.

Our ‘little and often’ approach means you’ll need on average just one hour per week to engage in our NPQs, helping you to fit your NPQLT around your timetable.

And with our growing network, you’ll train alongside fellow teachers with similar responsibilities, with content focusing on the key challenges you face in your role.

Plus, on our NPQs there’s no large project at the end. Instead, you’ll sit an ‘open book’ assessment with support via a live webinar and clinics available 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.

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.

Frequently asked questions

Who is the NPQLT programme for?

The NPQ in Leading Teacher Development 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 in 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 in 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 in Leading Teaching is fully funded for teachers and school leaders, at eligible schools and organisations in England, by the Department for Education. 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 in Leading Teaching, you must be a serving teacher in a school or eligible organisation in England and have completed your early career training.


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.

The first conference for the Ambition national NPQLT spring cohort will take place on w/c 5 February 2024 and will be held in the West Midlands at the CBS Arena, Coventry. Partner cohort locations and dates may vary.

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 (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.


Join a central cohort and gain a national network of peers or you can choose an NPQ cohort in your area with one of our regional partners with all the contextual benefits of your area.

With our regional partners, you’ll benefit from our expert curriculum design along with a more tailored experience linked to your local context. 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.


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.



Don’t miss out on a fully funded NPQ! Our February 2024 cohorts are currently our last intake to be fully funded by the DfE.

The Department for Education NPQ scholarship funding is available to all state schools and state funded organisations, including those that offer 16-19 age 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 teaching in their school.
  • Work in a state-funded school or organisations, including those that offer 16-19 age places in England.

Register your interest here to find out if you're eligible.

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

Extended eligibility.

Organisations now 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 leaders to undertake the NPQs.

There 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.

This per teacher payment increases to £800 where the employing organisation is a primary school with 1-150 pupils.

Get in touch to find out more here.


Applications for our spring cohorts are open. Start your application here.

Apply by Tuesday 16 January 2024 for a February 2024 start.

Don’t miss out on a fully funded NPQ! Our February 2024 cohorts are currently our last intake to be fully funded by the DfE.

Alternatively, please fill out this quick enquiry form to register your interest and find out more about the programme.

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.

The first conference for the Ambition national NPQLT programme will take place on w/c 5 February 2024 and will be held in the West Midlands at the CBS Arena, Coventry. Partner cohort locations and dates may vary.

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?