At a glance


Course duration
Course duration
12 Months

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

Online learning
Online learning
34 hours

5 hours

Total learning hours
Total Learning Hours
74 hours


What are the benefits?

The fully blended learning approach combined with performance coaching and enrichment activities make this an exciting and valuable opportunity for those who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development and improvement of behaviour management and culture across their school.

The NPQLBC qualification is worth 40 Master's credits and can act as a springboard onto Liverpool Hope University’s MA in Leading in Education or the MBA in Educational Leadership.


Benefits for participants

  • Become adept in ensuring good behaviour and a culture of high expectations and learning are maintained across the school
  • Develop expertise across a number of specialist areas related to their role (e.g. behaviour systems)
  • Purpose-built virtual learning environment enabled for mobiles and tablets
  • Support to pass the final assessment
  • Content contextualised for your locality and updated to reflect national developments and legislation
  • Facilitation and support from serving school leaders in outstanding schools and delivery at local venues

Benefits for Schools

  • Regular progress updates for mentors and headteachers
  • Support succession of school leaders and build a cohesive, impact-focused school leadership team
  • A professionally aware and informed leader who can make evidence-based decisions to implement proven behaviour management processes and a culture of high expectations within your school
  • The ability to effectively evaluate current approaches to behaviour management, to make informed decisions about any necessary changes, and to effectively implement those changes


"I would like to express how delighted we are as a school with the NPQ programme so far. I have two members of staff participating and the skills and knowledge they have gained so far is incredible."

Rebecca Lyon | Headteacher | Barkston & Syston CoE Primary School


Who is it for?

NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC) is suitable 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).

NPQLBC Qualification Structure


How is NPQLBC delivered?

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




NPQLBC participants will attend 3 face-to-face events via the blended delivery model. Our nationwide delivery partnership network allows us to bring face-to-face training to a training centre in your region, facilitated by experienced school leaders and facilitators.

Online Learning

Participants access online learning and support via our virtual learning environment (VLE) Canvas. Through Canvas, participants are able to engage with their learning communities of peers and access multimedia content. They can also access research and expert-led school practice aligned to the curriculum content for the qualification and receive high-quality feedback from experienced performance coaches.


The leadership mentor is a participant’s main point of contact for the duration of the NPQLBC. Their role is to support a participant's progress and development through the programme. They will respond to practice task activities completed for each online course and provide challenge and feedback on each of the formative assessment tasks following their completion.

At the end of the programme, in conjunction with their mentor and in-school performance coach, participants will evaluate the impact of the programme on their leadership development and the benefits to their school.

The National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC) costs £895 plus VAT if applicable.

  • VAT will not be applied to DfE funded candidates or state-funded schools
  • Candidates from international schools should visit our NPQLBC international page


Scholarships have been confirmed for the Autumn NPQ intake as part of the government's long-term education recovery plan.

From Autumn 2022, organisations eligible to access scholarships include:

  • State-funded schools
  • State-funded 16 to 19 organisations
  • Independent special schools
  • Virtual schools (local authority run organisations that support the education of children in care)
  • Hospital schools not already included in other categories of eligible organisations
  • Young offender institutions

Local authority employed supply teachers will also be able to access scholarships.

The department has updated the Targeted Support Fund offer for the 2023 to 2024 academic year to further incentivise state-funded schools and state-funded 16-19 educational settings in England to participate in NPQs.

For each teacher or leader they employ who takes an NPQ in the 2023 to 2024 academic year:

  • State-funded primary schools with one to 150 pupils will receive a grant payment of £800
  • State-funded primary schools with more than 150 pupils will receive a grant payment of £200
  • State-funded secondary schools and state-funded 16 to 19 educational settings with one to 600 pupils will receive a grant payment of £200

Targeted support funding is not available for participants taking the Early Headship Coaching Offer (EHCO) unless they're also taking another NPQ course.

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 the list of 16 to 19 organisations eligible for targeted support funding in the academic year 2023 to 2024.

The in-school performance coach, nominated by the participant’s school, will offer support, guidance and challenge to a participant through six planned coaching sessions. They will provide feedback following their completion of formative assessment tasks and monitor and support participant progress through the programme.

At the end of the programme, in conjunction with their mentor and in-school performance coach, participants will evaluate the impact of the programme on their leadership development and the benefits to their school. See the In-School Performance Coach (ISPC) Handbook for more information.

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 NPQLBC, 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.

The DfE’s NPQLT framework is 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.


How to apply

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

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