NEW National Professional Qualification (NPQ) for Leading Behaviour and Culture

We’re pleased to announce that we are partnering with education charity Ambition Institute to deliver the new NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture. In 12 months, participants will gain expertise in behaviour management and discover how to create a school culture where staff and pupils can thrive.

Those doing the training will learn:
• How to create a positive culture in their school
• At a time and pace that suits their existing timetable
• Specific behaviour and culture expertise with tailored feedback and support.

Benefits to your school:
• One of a series of new, specialist NPQs
• Introduce a common framework for teacher development
• Training facilitated by experienced educators.

Why this programme?

Ambition Institute has designed this ground-breaking new NPQ to help you develop a culture of high expectations and good behaviour in your school. The programme uses the latest evidence-based learning and shows you how to put it into practice. You will learn alongside other teachers from schools with similar challenges and circumstances.

The new and reformed NPQs have been developed as a complete series, sharing a common language. This means you can have the confidence that all the educators in your school are building and developing their knowledge from the same evidence-based frameworks.

Ambition Institute knows that schools’ and trusts’ needs vary. So its programmes are designed with flexibility in mind and can be completed at a time that suits you best and fits in with your existing role. Through Steplab, the innovative personal development platform built for teachers, by teachers, you will have access to your modules and practice activities to help you get better faster.

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What you'll learn

This programme develops your knowledge and skills in the 10 areas listed in the Department for Education’s NPQ Headship Framework.

You will learn how to:

• Create a culture of high expectations across your school
• Support the development of a positive, predictable and safe environment for pupils
• Assist pupils with complex behavioural needs
• Nurture improvement through evidence-based professional development
• Put new approaches to leading behaviour and culture into practice in your school setting.

How you’ll learn

The content is delivered through blended learning. This includes a mix of real-time, interactive online sessions and self-guided modules you complete in your own time. The programme includes facilitator-led sessions with your peer group that focus on decision making.

Note: programme content is subject to change.


£900 but details awaited from the DfE regarding fully funded programmes and eligibility for scholarships.


To apply, you must be a teacher who has, or is aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in your school. For example, you might be a pastoral lead, head of behaviour, an assistant or deputy headteacher, or a headteacher.


The assessment window starts at the end of the 12-month programme and runs for three months. During this time, participants will be given an eight-day window to sit an ‘open book’ style assessment in which they respond to a short case study.

There are two assessment windows every year, and participants can sit the assessment two times, if they need to.

You need to complete the course to qualify for the NPQ accreditation.

Ambition Institute will offer a webinar and live clinic in advance of the assessment window to support participants.