National Professional Qualifications


We’re really excited to introduce NPQ in Leading Teaching (NPQLT).

Who is it for?

Teachers and school leaders who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject or year. For example, head of subject, key stage head or head of department.

What will 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 you learn?

You’ll develop the knowledge, skills and expertise to lead high-quality teaching and curriculum development in your context. 

Our content is informed by the best and most recent evidence and developed with input from serving 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 provides an opportunity to plan a strategic improvement, focused on your context and pupils. 

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

This programme will help you to:

  • develop as a specialist in areas related to your role, including by subject and phase (with content such as how to sequence a curriculum and plan effective assessment)
  • work with serving school leaders and subject matter experts to turn new learning into changes in your own and others’ practice
  • 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
  • How pupils learn
  • Subject and curriculum
  • Classroom practice
  • Adaptive teaching
  • Assessment
  • Professional development 
  • Implementation

 What are the NPQLT programme benefits?

Develop as a specialist in your role 

Gain an understanding of the core principles behind the science of learning, get practical tools and guidance to sequence your curriculum and plan for assessment in your specific subject and context.

Gain the skills for successful leadership

Build the expertise to effectively manage a team of teachers and create a culture of professional learning and continuous improvement in your school. 

Learn to effectively support colleagues

Develop the skills to help colleagues plan effective lessons, meet individual pupil needs and provide opportunities for all pupils to succeed – without creating unnecessary workload.

Join a passionate network striving for educational equalityShare experiences with other school leaders, learn how they’ve faced similar challenges and build a professional network that will support you throughout your career.

Facilitators have been really engaging in the sessions.  The online content has been very informative and well put together, I feel it is has developed my own knowledge in particular areas whilst consolidating others.” 

Delivery model, duration and programme breakdown

The NPQLT 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