National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture

Inspiration Teaching School Hub is pleased to announce that we are partnering with education charity Ambition Institute to deliver the new NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture. In 12 months, participants will gain expertise in behaviour management and discover how to create a school culture where staff and pupils can thrive.

Those doing the training will learn: 

  • How to create a positive culture in their school.
  • At a time and pace that suits their existing timetable.
  • Specific behaviour and culture expertise with tailored feedback and support.

Benefits to your school:

  • One of a series of new, specialist NPQs.
  • Introduce a common framework for teacher development.
  • Training facilitated by experienced educators.

Why this programme?

Ambition Institute has designed this ground-breaking new NPQ to help you develop a culture of high expectations and good behaviour in your school. The programme uses the latest evidence-based learning and shows you how to put it into practice. You will learn alongside other teachers from schools with similar challenges and circumstances.

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

Ambition Institute knows that schools’ and trusts’ needs vary. So its programmes are designed with flexibility in mind and can be completed at a time that suits you best and fits in with your existing role. Through Steplab, the innovative personal development platform built for teachers, by teachers, you will have access to your modules and practice activities to help you get better faster.


What are the benefits for you?

Become an expert
No matter what your ultimate career goal, this programme offers continuous professional development and a chance to develop specific expertise with tailored feedback and support.

Drive meaningful change
Develop your knowledge in leading behaviour and culture and apply it in practice across your school to engage and motivate staff and pupils, and reduce disruption in classrooms.

Create a positive school culture
Learn to think beyond managing individual classrooms and develop school-wide systems and processes to support pupils and get the best out of them.

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

Build your network
You will complete this programme alongside other teachers working in similar school environments. This gives you a chance to share your experiences and build a valuable support network.

What are the benefits for your school?

Improve pupil outcomes
Pupils are more likely to thrive in a positive and encouraging school environment, driven by model behaviour and a consistent approach to rules and rewards.

Build a positive culture
Investing in your teachers’ development will make them feel supported and more satisfied in their work. This will filter down to the classroom, creating happier, more motivated pupils.

Highly flexible delivery
Ambition’s Institute’s NPQs are designed to fit around your teachers’ existing working timetables and are delivered in short, sharp bursts of learning. Your participants can complete weekly, online units, at a time that suits them.

Create a common knowledge base
All of Ambition Institute’s NPQs are aligned. Teachers and leaders who complete them share a common language and framework to drive behavioural and cultural change across your school.

Share knowledge
Participants will be learning alongside other teachers whose contexts are similar, facilitated by experienced trainers who know and understand your needs.

What will you learn?

This programme follows the Department of Education’s National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Behaviour and Culture Framework.

You will learn how to:

  • Create a culture of high expectations across your school.
  • Support the development of a positive, predictable and safe environment for pupils.
  • Assist pupils with complex behavioural needs.
  • Nurture improvement through evidence-based professional development.
  • Put new approaches to leading behaviour and culture into practice in your school setting.

The content is delivered through blended learning. This includes 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. 

Note: programme content is subject to change.

How will you be assessed?

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.

Ambition Institute will offer a webinar and live clinic in advance of the assessment window to support participants.

Visiting Fellows

Visiting Fellows are integral to the implementation of National Professional Qualifications. They lead the delivery of a ‘best in class’ NPQ training programme for teachers and school leaders, facilitating a mixture of conferences and clinics; the live, facilitated components of the NPQ programmes. 

The Visiting Fellow for NPQLBC is Tom Burt, Great Yarmouth Primary Academy's Acting Principal. 

What is the costing?


Department of Education scholarships may be available for participants from schools ranked in the top 30% by Pupil Premium nationally, subject to confirmation. If you register your interest or apply, we will get in contact regarding any scholarship opportunities.

How do you apply?

To apply, you must be a teacher who has, or is aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in your school. For example, you might be a pastoral lead, head of behaviour, an assistant or deputy headteacher, or a headteacher.

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