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NPQ - National Professional Qualification

Northern Lights Teaching School Hub are pleased to announce that they will be offering the newly reformed suite of  National Professional Qualifications – a voluntary set of qualifications - from September 2021. The hub have partnered with two providers: Ambition Institute and The Church of England Education Office (in partnership with the Catholic Education Service) which enables all schools in our region to choose the most appropriate provider to meet their needs.  

The NPQs from both providers will be available for teachers and leaders who want to develop their knowledge and skills in school leadership and specialist areas of teaching practice.  

The 3 existing NPQs in senior leadership, headship and executive leadership have been fully reformed and the current NPQML has been replaced with 3 new NPQs for teachers and leaders wanting to develop their expertise in specialist areas:  

The full suite of reformed NPQs are as follows:  

National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC) – for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school. 

National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching (NPQLT) – for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase. 

National Professional Qualification for Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD) - for teachers who have, or aspiring to have, a responsibility for leading other educators to develop, i.e. supporting ITT and ECTs as a mentor or the wider development of colleagues across school.

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) – for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities. 

National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) – for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school. 

National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL) – 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 schools. 

The programmes lead by both Ambition Institute and The Church of England Education Office (in partnership with the Catholic Education Servicefollow the Department for Education’s National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Teacher Development Framework.  

(use this link for the underlined words: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/925511/NPQ_Leading_Teacher_Development.pdf ) 

Find out more about the NPQs with our lead provider, Ambition Institute.  

https://www.ambition.org.uk/programmes/

Find out more about the NPQs with our lead provider, The Church of England Education Office (in partnership with the Catholic Education Service)  

https://www.cefel.org.uk/npq/

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NPQS  

Northern Lights Teaching School Hub are offering schools excellent opportunities to expand their leadership and specialist skills as well as their knowledge and understanding in education through the newly reformed NPQs. We are working very closely with both Ambition Institute and The Church of England Education Office (in partnership with the Catholic Education Service) and we would love to hear from you if you or your school would like further support. 


Register your interest in accessing the National Professional Qualification (NPQ)s with the Hub 

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