At a glance


Course duration
Course duration
12 months

Face-to-face events
Virtual Face-to-Face Events

Online learning
Online learning
34 hours

5 hours

Total learning hours
Total Learning Hours
74 hours



National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Behaviour and Culture

NPQLBC gives candidates all of the essential knowledge, skills and concepts that underpin successful leadership of culture and behaviour with candidates learning how to:

  • Contribute to the creation of a culture of high expectations across the school
  • Support the development of a positive, predictable and safe environment for pupils
  • Support pupils who need more intensive support with their behaviour
  • Align professional development priorities related to behaviour and culture with wider school improvement priorities
  • And much, much more. View the NPQLBC Framework tab for the full programme content


What are the benefits?

In recent years, Best Practice Network has grown into a nationwide network of 165 schools, multi-school organisations, dioceses and university partners. The extensive expertise and diversity of our partner network allows us to develop rich, phase-specific programme content which is delivered and facilitated by local experts in local schools.

Our NPQ candidates benefit from:

  • Facilitation and support from serving school leaders in outstanding schools
  • Purpose-built virtual learning environment enabled for mobiles and tablets
  • Guaranteed support to pass the final assessment
  • Content contextualised for your locality and updated to reflect national developments and legislation
  • Regular progress updates for mentors and headteachers

"I speak very highly about the programme because of its practicality and the fact that I’m working with principals around the world. For me it’s really refreshing to know that someone else is in a similar position to me and that we can easily share ideas"

Bev Ross, NPQH, Deputy Principal, International School, Guandong Province, China

Who is it for?

NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC) – For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.

Leading behaviour and culture is complex and professionals looking to lead in this area need to have expertise across a number of specialist areas related to their role (e.g. behaviour systems) and in approaches that, through working with their colleagues, enable their school to keep improving (e.g. professional development and implementation).

Leading culture and behaviour requires an understanding of the relationship between the different specialist areas, how they can change over time and how to contribute to a culture and conditions in which staff and pupils are able to thrive, all while maintaining the highest professional conduct as set out in the Teachers’ Standards.

How is NPQLBC delivered?

NPQLBC makes use of a blended delivery model consisting of virtual Face-to-Face events, online study, webinars and coaching.

NPQLBC candidates can choose to complete the programme via our online delivery model. This delivery model replaces the face-to-face events with facilitated webinars as well as extra tutor support and study packs.



NPQLBC participants will attend 3 virtual face-to-face events via the blended delivery model. These events give participants the opportunity to learn from exceptional facilitators while fostering valuable connections with peers in the teaching community.

Our international delivery network allows us to bring in-person events to select countries, facilitated by local school leaders (please contact us for international locations).

Online Learning

Candidates access online learning and support via our virtual learning environment (VLE) Canvas. Through Canvas, candidates are able to engage with their peers, access multimedia content and submit work for assessment.


Delivery Outline


NPQSL Framework


Applicants must have full support from their school/organisation. A head teacher, member of the SLT, line manager or Chair of Governors (or similar authoritative role) must confirm their support and that all information submitted is true and correct. This is a Department for Education mandatory requirement.

To apply for NPQLT, applicants must have the following:

  • Teacher Reference Number (TRN) - see TRN Support Guide 
  • 2 years teaching experience
  • Leadership aspiration/experience

If you are unsure if you meet the above requirements or have other relevant experience then please contact our team who will be able to support your application.

NPQLBC International costs £1375 plus VAT where applicable. VAT is chargeable on courses funded by private individuals.

Please refer to our NPQ programme funding guidance document for more information.

The NPQ frameworks are based on a robust method of design and development, building on the evidence base and expert guidance already established in the ECF and the ITT Core Content Framework. The NPQ frameworks reflect the Teachers’ Standards and Headteachers' Standards to ensure coherency with the requirements already used by the teaching profession.

Please see the NPQLBC Framework below. If your computer or device does not support the Adobe plugin you can download the framework pdf here.


We also offer an apprenticeship route to NPQLBC

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How to apply

We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2024 NPQLBC Cohort. Click below to apply. 

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