National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching (NPQLT)
For: Those responsible for leading teaching
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 Teaching. In 12 months, participants will discover what outstanding teaching looks like and use this knowledge to become high-performing leaders of teaching.
Those doing the training will learn:
- How to become excellent leaders of teaching
- How to unpack and apply learning in teaching, curriculum and assessment
- At a time and pace that suits their existing timetable.
Benefits to your school:
- One of a series of new, specialist NPQs
- Access to the latest learning
- Retain your teaching talent.
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 the knowledge and understanding of what excellent classroom teaching looks like.
The programme uses the latest evidence-based learning and shows you how to put your findings into practice in your own school context. 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 confidence that all the educators in your school are building and developing their knowledge from the same evidence-based framework.
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
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.
Suitability (please review before applying)
Must be a teacher who has, or is aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.
Participants must be in, or have been in, a teaching role.
Example roles include:
- Year group leader | Subject leader | Key stage/phase leader | Head of department | Class teacher | Head of Geography | Head of Outdoor Learning | Head of Phase.
- Those that directly manage a team of teachers and their work is focused on supporting effective teaching across a school.
Not suitable for:
- Early Career Teachers (ECTs)
- Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)
- Non-teaching staff
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.
What you’ll learn
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.
How you’ll learn
The content is delivered through blended learning. This includes a mix of real-time interactive sessions, face-to-face training, peer-led sessions and self-guided modules you complete in your own time.
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 Teaching (NPQLT).
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.
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