National Professional Qualifications


We’re really excited to introduce NPQ in Leading Behaviour & Culture (NPQLBC).

Who is it for?

Teachers and school leaders who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school. For example, head of year or roles with other pastoral responsibilities.

What will the programme members learn?

This 15-month programme (12 months’ delivery and three months for assessment) consists of a series of modules based on the DfE’s NPQ frameworks. Each module cycle features: 

  • evidence-based online content to refresh and build knowledge, as well as exemplify what this looks like for your role and level of leadership
  • a formative assessment task to support your learning
  • a face-to-face seminar with a group of peers, facilitated by a serving school leader– you’ll analyse and reflect on the task and hear further examples of good practice
  • the opportunity to record reflections and consolidate learning

This cycle repeats throughout the programme, with implementation a consideration in every module. Towards the end of the programme, you’ll also take a module focused specifically on effective implementation. This provides an opportunity to plan a strategic improvement, focused on your context and pupils. There will be ongoing support through a seminar group and discussion forum.

What will I learn?

You’ll develop the knowledge, skills and expertise to lead effective approaches to behaviour, pupil wellbeing and a whole school culture. 

Our content is informed by the best and most recent evidence and developed with input from school leaders and subject matter experts.Our programmes have a practical focus. You’ll be supported to make small but important changes to your and others’ practice throughout the programme. This will conclude with the implementation of a significant but manageable change project as part of your role.  

What are the objectives and the content of the NPQLBC programme?

This programme will help you to:

  • develop as a specialist in areas related to your role, including behaviour, school culture and developing others
  • work with serving school leaders and subject matter experts to turn new learning into changes in your own and others’ practise
  • access a blended learning programme that is full of practical and tangible examples, flexible and tailored to your needs and areas of development and focus

Modules include:

  • Teaching
  • School culture
  • Enabling conditions for good behaviour
  • Complex behavioural needs
  • Professional development 
  • Implementation

 What are the NPQLBC programme benefits?

Take your career to the next level 

Take the next step on your leadership journey and become a behaviour and culture specialist. Learn approaches to help your school to keep improving and implement practical solutions to tackle your school’s existing challenges. 

Broaden and deepen expertise in your specialist area

Learn the essential skills that underpin successful leadership of behaviour and culture. Develop expertise in high-quality teaching practices and behaviour management, including dealing with more complex behavioural needs and working with parents, the wider community and other organisations. 

Create a culture in which staff and pupils thrive

Learn how to develop the ethos and environment of your school using key policies and steps. Create a culture of high expectations, good behaviour and learning amongst pupils, while supporting professional learning and continuous improvement for colleagues in your school.

Join a passionate network striving for educational equality

Share experiences with other school leaders, learn how they’ve faced similar challenges and build a professional network that will support you throughout your career.

I have really enjoyed the programme so far. I think the content has been informative and has both challenged and informed my current practice. This has certainly improved my current practice and already helped me to implement some of the learned strategies.  The modules are clear and easy to follow and I really like the assessments and the range of additional resources that are provided to further our knowledge module by module. ” 

Delivery model, duration and programme breakdown

The NPQLBC is delivered using a blend of online ‘live’ seminars, flexible online learning and face-to-face conferences.  Over 12 months, you’ll take part in the following learning activities:

Cost and funding

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.

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

Working in partnership with Teach First 

Teach First has been an accredited NPQ provider for several years. Following a thorough due diligence process, Bright Futures is delighted to be partnered with Teach First. Teach First has got a strong and proven track record in leadership development. For nearly twenty years, Teach First has trained and developed more than 19,000 teachers and leaders, including 10,000 trainees on its teacher training programme rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Read more here

How to Apply

If you’re interested in our NPQs and would like to be considered for the next round of applications please register your interest. Our application form is available here. We’re here to help. If you’ve got any questions about the programmes or would like to talk through your options, email us as

Bright Futures Teaching School Hubs
The Lodge House, Cavendish Road
Bowdon, Altrincham WA14 2NJ