NEW National Professional Qualification (NPQ) for Leading Teaching

We’re pleased to announce that we are partnering with education charity Ambition Institute to deliver the new NPQ for Leading Teaching. In 12 months, participants will discover what outstanding teaching looks like and use this knowledge to become high-performing leaders of teaching.

Those doing the training will learn:
• How to become excellent leaders of teaching
• How to unpack and apply learning in teaching, curriculum and assessment
• At a time and pace that suits their existing timetable.

Benefits to your school:
• One of a series of new, specialist NPQs
• Access to the latest learning
• Retain your teaching talent.

Why this programme?

Ambition Institute has designed this ground-breaking new NPQ to help you develop the knowledge and understanding of what excellent classroom teaching looks like.

The programme uses the latest evidence-based learning and shows you how to put your findings into practice in your own school context. 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 confidence that all the educators in your school are building and developing their knowledge from the same evidence-based framework.

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.

On this programme, you will learn how to:
• Explain important ideas about the science of learning
• Understand what good teaching practice is and how to implement it
• Support colleagues to design a broad and coherent curriculum
• Plan effective lessons and stimulate your pupils’ thinking
• Help colleagues adapt their teaching to different needs
• Contribute to the design of school assessment systems
• Align your professional development with wider school improvement priorities.

How you’ll learn

The content is delivered through blended learning. This includes a mix of real-time interactive sessions, face-to-face training, peer-led sessions and self-guided modules you complete in your own time.

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


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.