National Professional Qualifications

National professional qualifications (NPQs) are a national, voluntary suite of qualifications designed to support the professional development of teachers and school leaders. They are trusted, transferable qualifications accredited by the Department for Education and they are designed to equip teachers with the expertise to lead sustainable improvement across their schools.

With the NPQs schools and trusts can have confidence that all their educators, from classroom teachers to leaders of multiple schools, are building and developing their practice from the same evidence-based framework. 

Specialist NPQs

Rather than a whistle-stop tour of all the problems and challenges of middle leadership, the three specialist NPQs each provide significant depth on those issues most relevant to teachers’ roles, interests and common challenges. These will provide CPD for teachers who want to make their classroom teaching the best it can be, whether or not they move into school leadership. These courses take 12 months to complete.

Leadership

The existing three leadership NPQs have been reformed for this year, to a new and more flexible format. The content has been adapted based on an evidence base approved by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). The new frameworks seek to map out what best practice means for school leadership, in a move that takes these NPQs away from a more generic approach to leadership. These courses take 18 months to complete

Each NPQ is underpinned by a new content framework. These frameworks set out what participants should know and be able to do after completing an NPQ, and providers have used these to design their courses.

National Professional Qualification Frameworks: from May 2022

Our Lead Provider

We are proud to offer the reformed NPQ programmes in partnership with the School-Led Network. Together, we offer a suite of unique programmes that are underpinned by theory, mapped for progression across all qualification levels, and application of learning prioritised to facilitate successful implementation.

For more information on our programmes, please visit www.school-led.org.uk 

Inspiration Teaching School Hub have been working in partnership with education charity Ambition Institute to deliver the six NPQs to our November 2021 cohort.

Our Offer

For October 2022, Inspiration Teaching School Hub are delivering NPQs in partnership with our chosen Lead Provider, School-Led Network. We are delivering all of the available NPQs, including:

National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture

NPQ Leading Behaviour and Culture is one of the three new NPQs in specialist areas of teaching that have been designed with both classroom teachers and leaders in mind. Leading Behaviour and Culture is for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.

More information on the NPQ Leading Behaviour and Culture

Funding

As part of the government’s long-term education recovery plan, £184 million of new funding for fully-funded NPQ training scholarships was announced on 2 June 2021 to be spent over the course of this parliament.

Training scholarships for the NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture are available to all teachers who meet the following criteria:

  • have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school
  • are employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England

Register here to find out more. Alternatively please email Jane Emerson at inspirationteachinghub@inspirationtrust.org or call 01603 733446.

National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching

NPQ Leading Teaching is one of the three new NPQs in specialist areas of teaching that have been designed with both classroom teachers and leaders in mind. Leading Teaching is for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

More information on the NPQ Leading Teaching

Funding

As part of the government’s long-term education recovery plan, £184 million of new funding for fully-funded NPQ training scholarships was announced on 2 June 2021 to be spent over the course of this parliament.

Training scholarships for the NPQ in Leading Teaching 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
  • are employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England

Register here to find out more. Alternatively please email Jane Emerson at inspirationteachinghub@inspirationtrust.org or call 01603 733446.

National Professional Qualification for Leading Teacher Development

NPQ Leading Teacher Development is one of the three new NPQs in specialist areas of teaching that have been designed with both classroom teachers and leaders in mind. Leading Teacher Development is for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school

More information on the NPQ Leading Teacher Development

Funding

As part of the government’s long-term education recovery plan, £184 million of new funding for fully-funded NPQ training scholarships was announced on 2 June 2021 to be spent over the course of this parliament.

Training scholarships for the NPQ in Leading Teacher Development are available to all teachers who meet the following criteria:

  • have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school
  • are employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England

Register here to find out more. Alternatively please email Jane Emerson at inspirationteachinghub@inspirationtrust.org or call 01603 733446.

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership

NPQ Senior Leadership is one of the reformed leadership NPQsSenior Leadership is for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities

More information on the NPQ Senior Leadership

Funding

As part of the government’s long-term education recovery plan, £184 million of new funding for fully-funded NPQ training scholarships was announced on 2 June 2021 to be spent over the course of this parliament.

Training scholarships for the NPQ in Senior Leadership are available to those who meet the following criteria:

  • are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities
  • are employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England

Register here to find out more. Alternatively please email Jane Emerson at inspirationteachinghub@inspirationtrust.org or call 01603 733446.

National Professional Qualification for Headship

NPQ Headship is one of the reformed leadership NPQs. Headship is for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school

More information on the NPQ Headship

Funding

As part of the government’s long-term education recovery plan, £184 million of new funding for fully-funded NPQ training scholarships was announced on 2 June 2021 to be spent over the course of this parliament.

Training scholarships for the NPQ in Headship are available for those who meet the following criteria:

  • are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school
  • are employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England
Additional support offer for the NPQ in Headship

You are eligible for this targeted support package if you meet the following criteria:

  • are in your first 24 months of headship
  • are employed in a state-funded school, or are employed in a state-funded organisation that offers 16 to 19 places in England upon starting the training
  • have either completed a national professional qualification for headship (NPQH) before taking up your first headship post or are currently taking the NPQH
  • have not withdrawn from the additional support programme previously

The offer provides structured, unassessed face-to-face support based on the best available evidence about what makes an effective headteacher. While the exact content of this support will depend on the provider chosen, activities could include a combination of group coaching, one-to-one support discussions and peer network support.

Register here to find out more. Alternatively please email Jane Emerson at inspirationteachinghub@inspirationtrust.org or call 01603 733446.

National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership

NPQ Executive Leadership is one of the reformed leadership NPQs. Executive Leadership is 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.

More information on the NPQ Executive Leadership

Funding

As part of the government’s long-term education recovery plan, £184 million of new funding for fully-funded NPQ training scholarships was announced on 2 June 2021 to be spent over the course of this parliament.

Training scholarships for the NPQ in Executive Leadership are available to those who meet the following criteria:

  • are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher or have a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools
  • are employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England

Register here to find out more. Alternatively please email Jane Emerson at inspirationteachinghub@inspirationtrust.org or call 01603 733446.

National Professional Qualification for Leading Literacy

The National Professional Qualification for Leading Literacy (NPQLL) is aimed at teachers who have, or aspire to have, responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase. They are normally part of the middle or senior leadership team. 

More information on the NPQ Leading Literacy 

National Professional Qualification for Early Years Leadership

The National Professional Qualification for Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL) is for leaders qualified to at least Level 3 with a full and relevant qualification 1 who are, or are aspiring to be, managers of Private, Voluntary and Independent nurseries, headteachers of school-based or maintained nurseries, or childminders with leadership responsibilities.

More information on the NPQ Early Years Leadership