About NPQLT?

Coupled with a comprehensive blend of learning methods, including Face-to-Face events, performance coaching, and enrichment activities, the NPQLT offers an invaluable learning experience.

NPQLT is designed for individuals who currently hold, or are harbouring aspirations to assume, leadership roles in teaching, whether it be in a particular subject, year group, key stage, or educational phase.

The NPQLT 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 at supporting effective teaching across school
  • Develop expertise across a number of specialist areas related to their role (e.g. curriculum and assessment)
  • 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
  • Continuous support and personalised feedback from a Leadership Mentor

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 and approach the leading of teaching in an effective and efficient manner
  • The ability to effectively evaluate current teaching practice, 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?

The NPQLT is for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

Leading teaching is complex. Although the role varies, many phase leaders, key stage leaders, heads of department (or similar titles) are considered to be part of the middle leadership team.

They often directly manage a team of teachers and their work is focussed on supporting effective teaching across the school.

    How is NPQLT delivered?

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



    NPQLT 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.

    NPQLT Qualification Structure


    The leadership mentor is a participant’s main point of contact for the duration of the NPQLT. Our leadership mentors are experienced teachers and leaders who are experts in our programme curriculum. They understand first-hand the challenges teachers experience in work life. Their role is to support a participant's progress and development through the programme. They support you by:

    • Providing advice and feedback throughout the programme
    • Marking and responding to all of your practice task activities completed for each online course
    • Providing you with feedback on each of the Formative Assessment Tasks following their completion

    Our Leadership Mentors apply flexibility and are accountable to ensure success on your programme. With the above responsibilities, their main role and purpose is to help you manage your workload and ensure work life balance as much as possible whilst studying with us.

    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 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.

    The National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching (NPQLT) costs £895 plus VAT if applicable.


    Scholarship information for the Autumn 2024 Cohort has not yet been announced by the Department for Education.

    Submit your application and once we have confirmation on scholarship funding, we will be in touch with you.

    Targeted Support Funding

    The department has updated the Targeted Support Fund offer for the 2023 and Spring 2024 Cohorts 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:

    • 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 for the 2023 and Spring 2024 Cohorts.

    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.

    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 NPQLT 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 Autumn 2024 NPQLT Cohort. Click below to apply. 

    Apply Now


    Related Courses and Content