National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)
For: Those responsible for leading behaviour, including eligible support staff
Course length: 12 months
Programme start date: October and February.
Applications open in Summer Term 2 for an October 23 start
Cost: £900 plus VAT. Many schools and settings are eligible for full scholarships.
We’re 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.
The programme is delivered by our highly trained and skilled Visiting Fellows; teachers and leaders from our school-based delivery partners.
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.
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.
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.
Participants will be learning alongside other teachers whose contexts are similar, facilitated by experienced trainers who know and understand your needs.
Suitability (please review before applying)
Must be a teacher who has, or is aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in your school.
Participants do not have to be in a teaching role to do this NPQ.
- Pastoral lead | Head of behaviour | Assistant/deputy head | Headteacher | SENDCO | Head of Year | Safeguarding Lead | Head of House | Class teacher
Not suitable for:
- Early Career Teachers (ECTs)
- Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)
Participants can also complete the NPQ if they are working across schools (i.e. they do not work in one particular school), however, they will not be eligible for DfE funding.
It is important to set expectations before participants apply: although we believe that all participants will benefit and gain value from completing an NPQ, the curriculum is designed based on participants being in a classroom. Therefore, participants not in a teaching role may need to do further reading or reflection to make the most of the content.
Participants do not need to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to complete an NPQ; however, they must still meet the criteria above.
This programme is suitable for eligible support staff that do not have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). However, they must have a Teacher Reference Number (TRN); you don't need to be a teacher to have a TRN. This document outlines how support staff can request a TRN.
What you'll 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.
How you’ll learn
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.
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.
£900 plus VAT. Many schools and settings are eligible for full scholarships.
This publication provides guidance from the Department for Education (DfE). It sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours that will be developed by teachers when they participate in the National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC).
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.
Support staff: This programme is suitable for eligible support staff that do not have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). However, they must have a Teacher Reference Number (TRN); you don't need to be a teacher to have a TRN. This document outlines how support staff can request a TRN.
Please note: any eligible participants who are withdrawn from a NPQ programme will not be eligible for funding for the same programme in the future. Only apply if you are 100% committed and confident that you can meet all the programme requirements.
Once you have scoped the programme, and you are confident it is the right programme for you, please proceed to step 2: Fund.
Follow our step-by-step guide,
Via the link below to the DfE's 'Register for a National Professional Qualification' portal, please register and complete the process to secure scholarship funding. Please choose Ambition Institute as the Lead Provider, and, if prompted, Exceed Teaching School Hub as the Delivery Partner.
Need support? Please contact the DfE.
Please complete our short online form.
Please note that this is NOT the application form
Your details will be used to create your account on 'My Ambition' who will contact you directly to complete the process
5.ONBOARDING you on to the programme