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 teaches and leaders in schools across England and Wales.

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

Teach First

The NPQs will compete 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 2022/2023.

Specialist NPQs

There are four 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:

NPQ in Leading Teaching (NPQLT)developing teachers who are subject leads or responsible for improving teaching practice in a subject or phase
NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)developing teachers who have responsibilities for leading behaviour and culture
NPQ in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)supporting the training and development of others, including early career teachers
NPQ in Leading Literacy (NPQLL)developing teachers who have responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase

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:

NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)Leaders qualified to at least level 3 with a full and relevant qualification who are, or are aspiring to be:managers of private, voluntary and independent nurseriesheadteachers of school-based or maintained nurserieschildminders with leadership responsibilities
NPQ in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)School leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.
NPQ in Headship (NPQH)Headteachers new to the role of headship who:work in a state-funded school  are in the first five years of headship  have previously done an NPQH / are applying for an NPQH / are currently doing an NPQH – with us or another provider.  
NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)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.

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?

The DfE has announced that all teachers and leaders employed in state-funded schools and organisations in England that offer 16-19 places will be able to access a fully funded NPQ to support teachers and pupils following the disruption to learning faced because of COVID-19.

The Early Headship Coaching Offer (formerly the NPQH Additional Support Offer) is fully funded if you:

  • are in your first five years 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

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility please contact us at

The DfE has also announced additional funding will be available for schools and colleges with under 600 pupils.  Schools will be paid £200 for each teacher or leader who takes an NPQ.  This is to help teachers and leaders in smaller settings who may find it harder to engage with professional development.

If you work in a school you can search the Get Information About Schools (GIAS) database to check how many pupils are recorded for your school.

If you work in a 16 to 19 education setting you can check a list of 16 to 19 organisations eligible for targeted support funding in the academic year 2022 to 2023.

What’s the cost of each NPQ?

For applicants who do not work in a state-funded school, programme costs are as follows.  

NPQ in Leading Teaching (NPQLT) £840
NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC) £840
NPQ in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD) £840
NPQ in Leading Literacy (NPQLL)£840
NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL) £1,045
NPQ in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)£1,045
NPQ in Headship (NPQH) £1,690
NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL) £3,245
Teach First one-to-one support  Free, offered by Teach First on a priority school basis.
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