National Professional Qualifications


We’re really excited to introduce NPQ in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD).

Who is it for?

Teachers and school leaders who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school, for example CPD lead or ITT lead.

The NPQLTD is aimed at current and future Initial Teacher Training (ITT) lead mentors who are looking to effectively mentor trainee teachers. You will have the opportunity to explore ITT-specific content to equip lead mentors with the knowledge they need to effectively mentor trainee teachers:

  • Understanding and applying the Core Content Framework
  • ITT reforms and what they mean for you  
  • What ITT is and isn’t – common misconceptions 
  • Mentoring and coaching for Initial Teacher Trainees /novice teachers 
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in ITT 
  • Partnership working in ITT

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 I learn?

You’ll develop the knowledge, skills and expertise to lead the development of teachers, including sequencing and structuring professional development and effective coaching and mentoring. 

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 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 NPQLTD programme?

This programme will help you to: 

  • develop as a specialist in areas related to your role, including designing and delivering continual professional development (CPD) to others across the school
  • 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
  • Designing effective professional development
  • Delivering effective professional development
  • Implementation

 What are the NPQLTD programme benefits?

Gain a prestigious professional qualification

We’re one of a select group of providers accredited by the DfE to deliver the improved NPQ for Leading Teacher Development. Be part of the first generation of school leaders to gain the qualification.   

Increase your expertise in leading successful teacher development

Benefit from our programme’s blended approach, learn about the core research on how to design and deliver effective professional learning, with practical examples of how to put these approaches into action.           

Get practical skills to take you to the next level as a school leader 

Build expertise in developing others, including practical skills in how to sequence, plan and develop a high quality CPD offer (Continuing Professional Development) for all staff. 

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 am really enjoying the online seminars; I think the facilitators have been brilliant!  The seminars are a good pace and it has been invaluable to talk to members of staff in other schools who are on the same programme.  I’m really happy with the online seminar as they are easier for my work/life balance, I haven’t felt that the course has imposed on my work/life balance too much.” 

Delivery model, duration and programme breakdown

The NPQLTD is delivered using a blend of online ‘live’ seminars, flexible online learning and face-to-face conferences. 

Cost and funding

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

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

Our application window, for NPQs starting in October 2024, will open later in the summer term.  Until then you can complete the ‘Expression of Interest’ form NPQ EOI – October 2024 (  This will enable us to keep in touch with you and inform you as soon as our application window is open and confirm next steps.

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