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 Teaching

NPQLT gives participants all of the essential knowledge, skills and concepts that underpin the successful leadership of teaching. Participants will cover ‘learn that’ and ‘learn how to’ statements in nine areas:

  1. Teaching
  2. School Culture
  3. How Pupils Learn
  4. Subject and Curriculum
  5. Classroom Practice
  6. Adaptive Teaching
  7. Assessment
  8. Professional Development
  9. Implementation


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 teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

The NPQLT qualification is aligned to Masters credits and can act as a springboard on to 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
  • Guaranteed 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 

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 review and evaluate practice in order to bring about change and get the best outcomes for young people and staff within the organisation

"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?

National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching (NPQLT) – 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 and professionals looking to lead teaching need to have a deep understanding of their context, community and the pupils and adults they work with. They also need to have expertise across a number of specialist areas related to their role (e.g. curriculum and assessment) and in approaches that, through working with their colleagues, enable their school to keep improving (e.g. professional development and implementation).

Leading teaching 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 NPQLT delivered?

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

NPQLT 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.



NPQLT 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.

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

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 NPQLT 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 NPQLT

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How to apply

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

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