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Specialist and Leadership NPQs

What are National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)?

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are trusted, transferable qualifications accredited by the Department for Education. They are designed to help you hone and develop the skills you already have, helping you become a more effective leader inside and outside the classroom. 

 

How are NPQs being reformed?

From September 2021, reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) will offer teachers and leaders clearer development opportunities and career progression. These qualifications will build on key areas of the Early Career Framework (ECF), allowing for further specialisation and development of expertise and help prepare teachers and leaders the next step in their careers. 

The reformed qualifications aim to:

  • help teachers hone and develop the skills they already have, helping them to become more effective leaders inside and outside the classroom and improving overall teaching quality
  • retain high-calibre teachers by offering clearer development opportunities and career progression

To best address the broad range of responsibilities of current and aspiring middle leaders the Middle Leadership NPQ has been replaced with three new specialist NPQs. These specialist areas cover:

  • supporting the training and development of others, including early career teachers
  • developing teachers who are subject leads or responsible for improving teaching practice in a subject or phase
  • developing teachers who have responsibilities for leading behaviour and culture

These new and updated NPQs will ensure these qualifications continue to offer the best possible support to teachers and leaders wanting to expand their knowledge and skills, and can help them in taking the next step in their careers. 

Which NPQs do you offer?

As the leading NPQ provider, Best Practice Network is able to offer all 6 of the available NPQs. See the tables below for details.

 

 

Specialist NPQs
  NPQLT NPQLBC NPQLTD
Who's it for?

For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.

For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school. 

Duration 12 months 12 months 12 months

Face-to-face events

18 hours

18 hours

18 hours

Online course study

34 hours

34 hours

34 hours

 

Performance coaching

6 hours

6 hours

6 hours

FATs (In-school Practice Application of learning)

18 hours

18 hours

18 hours

Summative assessment stage

Case Study scenario

Case Study scenario

Case Study scenario

 

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Leadership NPQs
  NPQSL NPQH NPQEL
Who's it for?

For those who are, or aspire to be, senior leaders leading across a school

Aspiring or current headteachers leading a school

For those who are, or aspire to be, executive leaders with responsibility across more than one school (for example within a MAT or diocese

Duration 18 months 18 months 18 months

Face-to-face events

24 hours

30 hours

36 hours

Online course study

38 hours

38 hours

38 hours

Performance coaching

10 hours

10 hours

10 hours

FATs (In-school Practice Application of learning)

20 hours

28 hours

34 hours

Summative assessment stage

Case Study scenario

Case Study scenario

Case Study scenario

Scholarship funding is available. For more information please contact us. 

How do I apply? 

To register for a National Professional Qualification (NPQ) please visit the DFE's portal: https://register-national-professional-qualifications.education.gov.uk/ 

 

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For more information and to apply please visit https://www.bestpracticenet.co.uk/npq or email TSA@stjosephsmail.com