National Professional Qualifications

The Hub Offer

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are the most widely recognised qualifications in the education sector for current and aspiring leaders.  NPQs are open to all teachers and leaders in schools and colleges across England and Wales.

We’re delighted to be partnered with one of a select group of national Lead Providers to design, deliver and assess 10 refreshed and reformed NPQs.  We’re working in collaboration with Teach First to lead the NPQs in our region, including delivering seminars and conferences, sharing guidance and support and acting as your main point of contact for your NPQs.

We’re delighted to be partnered with one of a select group of national providers to design, deliver and assess 10 reformed NPQs

Teach First

The NPQs will complete the golden thread of continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers, from the early stages of teacher development with the Early Career Framework (ECF) through to executive leadership, delivering a new generation of NPQs.

The refreshed and reformed suite of NPQs is designed to offer the best possible support to teachers and leaders at all levels.  From those wanting to develop expertise in high-quality teaching experience practice to those leading multiple schools.

It has never been more important to think about how best to support school leaders. NPQs have been an important part of developing teachers and leaders for over 20 years. We are delighted to share with you our National Professional Qualification Offer for 2024/2025.

Specialist NPQs

There are five specialist NPQs for teachers and school leaders who want to broaden their expertise in particular areas. The following programmes are for those who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject or year, leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school, leading the development of other teachers or leading literacy in their school:

Leadership NPQs

For those looking to progress into senior leadership and beyond, the following NPQs build foundational knowledge to rapidly progress your school or trust’s key improvement priorities – all while creating and embedding a culture that allows your school, staff and pupils to thrive:

Broaden and deepen expertise in chosen specialist area 

Our NPQs provide the opportunity to refresh and fill gaps in knowledge and allow for different levels of prior experience.  Each programme focuses on both the ‘how’ and the ‘what’ – we’ve designed the learning to be relevant and intensely practical through the use of real-life examples, case studies and best practice from a range of contexts specific to your role and level. 

High-quality, evidence-led training designed by education experts and school leaders

Our leadership training is built around the latest research and best practice to make a real, long-term impact.  All our NPQs are focused on implementing with fidelity. We have helped shape the design of the programmes alongside Teach First, along with input from other subject and phase experts, affiliated schools and Teach First’s alumni community – who bring concrete school experience to the programme content.

Flexible training that fits around your schedule and prior knowledge

Most of the NPQ learning opportunities can be accessed online – meaning individuals can fit the programme around their schedules at a pace to suits. There’ll also be opportunities to attend our in-person events, where there’ll be opportunities to connect with other leaders on your programme.

Our blended learning approach offers the flexibility and accessibility of self-directed online content alongside synchronous and in-person learning in small groups to consolidate knowledge. All resources and tools on our programmes are available online. They’ll help you reflect on and track leadership development, all while tackling the issues impacting schools. It means we can automatically tailor the curriculum to all starting point, current context and workload, and ensure access to all. We’ll provide the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at applying learning throughout the programme in a manageable, bitesize way. 

Great development opportunities and ongoing support helps teachers thrive. That’s why our NPQ programmes are so valuable – they keep talented teachers and leaders in their schools for the long term and equip them with the expertise to make a difference to their pupils.

Our NPQs support motivated teachers who want to take the next step on their leadership journey. Teachers will develop core knowledge and skills to prepare them for the long-term, as well as gaining the tools, examples and practice to start making a positive impact in their school straight away. 

They’ll also become part of a wider network of leaders and schools, all attempting to give young people from the poorest backgrounds the best shot at success.

Strengthen leadership and culture in your school  

Our high-quality NPQ programmes work to build leadership skills and capacity – with content focused on equipping leaders to lead diverse and inclusive schools. This is embedded across the programme learning, from developing staff to how you lead your curriculum. 

Our NPQs are designed to help identify how to support pupils and staff so that school improvement priorities can be tackled even more effectively.

How will the NPQs be assessed?

The assessment process for all NPQs has been refreshed to reduce the workload burden on teachers while still providing an opportunity to apply their knowledge. To pass the programme, programme members will need to engage with at least 90% of the module and pass one assessment.

Assessment takes place within three months of you completing the NPQ programme. Detailed dates will be shared before the start of the programme.

Throughout the programme, programme members will participate in formative assessment tasks to track progress and understanding. This will also support to demonstrate 90% engagement with the course. 

At the start of your training, we’ll also provide you with the dates of the Summative Assessment.  This will take the form of a case study which is a minimum of 2,000 words in length and will cover content referred to in the relevant NPQ Content Framework. It will represent a likely situation to be faced by a teacher at the relevant NPQ qualification level or role and will allow programme members to demonstrate understanding of the relevant NPQ Content Framework and offer an opportunity to demonstrate successfully applying this.

Programme members will have an eight-day window to provide a written response of a maximum of 1500 words for the case study (unless adjustments are required on an individual basis) in an ‘open book’ setting.  Programme members will receive the unseen case study question at the start of the eight-day window; and submit responses by midnight of the eighth day.

What is the cost and is there any DfE funding available?

For further information on cost and funding, please visit our NPQ Funding Information page. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility please contact us at

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