National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

The National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) provide training and support for teachers and school leaders at all levels.

From those who want to develop expertise in high quality teaching practice, such as behaviour management, to those leading multiple schools across trusts.

The NPQs

We are pleased to be working in partnership with Education Development Trust to offer the full suite of the new National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

The new NPQs are designed to support the professional development of all teachers and school/trust leaders.

  • They create a” golden thread” of learning from Initial Teacher Training right through to NPQEL.
  • There are three new specialists NPQs which allow the teacher to start to specialise in a particular area.
  • The figure shows the main thread and the development

October 2022 Cohort

Applications are currently closed however you can complete our expression of interest form via the link below and we will contact you when applications open for an October 2022 start.

Spencer Teaching School Hub expression of interest: EXPRESS INTEREST HERE

For more information please visit Spencer Teaching School Hub

The NPQs comprise the:

  • National Professional Qualification for Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD) – for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school. They may have responsibilities for the development of all teachers across a school or specifically trainees or teachers who are early in their career.
  • National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC) – for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.
  • National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching (NPQLT) – for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.
  • National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) – for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.
  • National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) – for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.
  • National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) – for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher or have a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools.