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What are National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)?

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are trusted, transferable qualifications accredited by the Department for Education. They are designed to help you hone and develop the skills you already have, helping you become a more effective leader inside and outside the classroom. 

How are NPQs being reformed?

From September 2021, reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) will offer teachers and leaders clearer development opportunities and career progression. These qualifications will build on key areas of the Early Career Framework (ECF), allowing for further specialisation and development of expertise and help prepare teachers and leaders the next step in their careers. 

The reformed qualifications aim to:

  • help teachers hone and develop the skills they already have, helping them to become more effective leaders inside and outside the classroom and improving overall teaching quality
  • retain high-calibre teachers by offering clearer development opportunities and career progression

To best address the broad range of responsibilities of current and aspiring middle leaders the Middle Leadership NPQ has been replaced with three new specialist NPQs. These specialist areas cover:

  • supporting the training and development of others, including early career teachers
  • developing teachers who are subject leads or responsible for improving teaching practice in a subject or phase
  • developing teachers who have responsibilities for leading behaviour and culture

These new and updated NPQs will ensure these qualifications continue to offer the best possible support to teachers and leaders wanting to expand their knowledge and skills, and can help them in taking the next step in their careers. 

    Which NPQs do you offer?

    As the leading NPQ provider, Best Practice Network is able to offer all 6 of the available NPQs. See the tables below for details.


    Specialist NPQs
    NPQLT NPQLBC NPQLTD
    Who's it for?

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

    For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.

    For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school. 

    Duration 12 months 12 months 12 months

    Face-to-face events

    18 hours

    18 hours

    18 hours

    Online course study

    34 hours

    34 hours

    34 hours

    Performance coaching

    6 hours

    6 hours

    6 hours

    FATs (In-school Practice Application of learning)

    18 hours

    18 hours

    18 hours

    Summative assessment stage

    Case Study scenario

    Case Study scenario

    Case Study scenario

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    Leadership NPQs
    NPQSL NPQH NPQEL
    Who's it for?

    For those who are, or aspire to be, senior leaders leading across a school

    Aspiring or current headteachers leading a school

    For those who are, or aspire to be, executive leaders with responsibility across more than one school (for example within a MAT or diocese

    Duration 18 months 18 months 18 months

    Face-to-face events

    24 hours

    30 hours

    36 hours

    Online course study

    38 hours

    38 hours

    38 hours

    Performance coaching

    10 hours

    10 hours

    10 hours

    FATs (In-school Practice Application of learning)

    20 hours

    28 hours

    34 hours

    Summative assessment stage

    Case Study scenario

    Case Study scenario

    Case Study scenario

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    Why take an NPQ?

    NPQs can have a measurable impact on schools and pupils. 

    NPQs are suitable for school leaders at each stage of their career, starting with Middle Leadership and progressing to Senior Leadership, Headship and Executive Leadership. Benefits for schools include: 

    • Increased workforce capacity, capability and confidence 
    • Staff retention and succession 
    • Research-based improvement activity addressing priority needs 

    Why choose OLP?

    Best Practice Network is a national, school-led partnership recently rated as ‘exceptional’ by the DfE Quality Assurance Agent.

    The quality review was based on the DfE National Professional Qualification (NPQ) Quality Framework.  The reviewers examined leadership and governance, face-to-face delivery, online courses, candidate, facilitator and tutor support, assessment, organisation, quality control, marketing and recruitment, as well as the DfE metrics and impact. The reviewers identified exceptional performance in most areas of the Quality Framework. 

    Read the full summary of our DfE Quality Review results here.

    "I got the headship! The course was absolutely instrumental in my success at interview – I felt so confident because of my reading and the work we’ve done on the face-to-face days and projects. Thank you for your support and encouragement – it really helped.”"
    Gaynor Jones NPQH candidate