NPQ for Leading Literacy

This new, fully funded NPQ will help you learn the essential knowledge and skills to successfully lead high quality, literacy development and teaching in your school.

In the DFE’s March 2022 White paper it was made explicit that “Schools will be able to have a trained literacy expert through a new National Professional Qualification for Leading Literacy” The rollout of the new National Professional Qualification for Leading Literacy is therefore important for primary and secondary schools alike.

On this programme, you will learn how to:

lead literacy through curriculum, culture and motivation
support staff, of all subject specialisms, to develop pupils’ language and literacy skills
learn how to support, develop and teach pupils literacy using evidence-informed approaches including learning how pupils develop aspects of literacy, including:

  • understanding how children learn to talk, and how developing effective spoken language supports literacy development at every age and stage.
  • understanding how children learn to become fluent readers and how teachers can help with this, from primary all the way through to secondary.
  • exploring the importance of subject-specific vocabulary and different strategies to teaching this.
  • knowing how to support pupils' writing – whether learning to write in primary school, through to writing academically at key stage five.

Who is this programme for?

Teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase. For those who need to understand how to prioritise professional development to ensure their colleagues have the knowledge, skills, understanding and professional support to teach reading and writing effectively.


What you'll learn

The key elements of the programme are:

  • Teaching 
  • Developing Language
  • Developing Reading 
  • Developing writing
  • Professional Development

The material is delivered through a blended programme which includes six online learning courses via Steplab, One full day conference, Five two-hour clinics (facilitated sessions), Six one-hour community sessions and a two-hour assessment clinic.


This programme lasts 12 months and will commence in October 2024 and February 2025

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Programme Schedule for February 2024


You can now apply to join this NPQ in your local area. Click on the register your interest button below, select the right qualification for you and then we will ensure Ambition Institute send you full application details including how to register for funding with the DFE.