The Newly-Reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

National professional qualifications (NPQs) are a national, voluntary suite of qualifications, designed to support the professional development of teachers and leaders.

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Reformed national professional qualifications

From autumn 2021, a reformed suite of NPQs will be available for teachers and leaders who want to develop their knowledge and skills in school leadership and specialist areas of teaching practice. These reforms include:

  • reforming the 3 existing NPQs in senior leadership, headship and executive leadership
  • replacing the current NPQ in middle leadership with 3 new NPQs for teachers and leaders who want to develop their expertise in specialist areas of teaching practice
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What's Involved

The specialist and leadership NPQs provide training and support for teachers and school leaders at all levels, from those who want to develop expertise in high-quality teaching practice, such as behaviour management, to those leading multiple schools across trusts.

They are part of a wider set of teacher development reforms which together will create a ‘golden thread’ of high-quality evidence underpinning the support, training and development available through the entirety of a teacher’s career.

NPQs have been designed with teachers and leaders in mind using the latest evidence and can be completed flexibly around existing commitments.

Study can last between 2 academic terms and 27 months, depending on your chosen NPQ and provider, who will also determine the course structure, content and method of delivery.

During this period of study you will:

  • learn from the evidence-based curriculum of your chosen qualification, drawing on effective pedagogy, current research and international best practice. This will equip you with the knowledge and skills to either improve in your current role, or take the next step in your career
  • partake in a mixture of face-to-face sessions, webinars, and self-directed study
  • answer a short, assessed case study question (the summative assessment)

NPQs available from autumn 2021

The 3 new NPQs in specialist areas of teaching are:

  • Leading Teacher Development: for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school
  • Leading Teaching: for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase
  • Leading Behaviour and Culture: for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school


The reformed leadership NPQs are:

  • Senior Leadership: for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities
  • Headship: for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school
  • Executive Leadership: for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher or have a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several school.

 

Each NPQ is underpinned by a new content framework. These frameworks set out what participants should know and be able to do after completing an NPQ, and providers have used these to design their courses.

You can access the NPQ frameworks at National professional qualification frameworks: from autumn 2021.

Interested?

Complete our Initial Registration Form below and one of the team will be in touch regarding your query.