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National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

Empowering teachers and leaders to make change happen

Our NPQs

Built around the real needs of educational settings and leaders

Our National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) empower leaders and aspiring leaders to create conditions for change, embedding evidence-informed teaching and learning in the classroom, department, school, early years setting or trust.

All our NPQs are fully funded for staff at state-funded schools and colleges.

For teachers taking their first steps into specialist leadership roles, our specialist NPQs support practitioners towards mastery of relevant expertise, giving them the knowledge and tools to develop others and extend their influence beyond their own classrooms. 

Our leadership NPQs guide experienced and aspiring leaders through learning that examines the three layers of influence: culture in their school, trust or early years setting; the organisational conditions which bring this culture to life; and how these conditions can promote excellent teaching in every classroom, or excellent learning and care in every early years learning environment.

Our Early Headship Coaching Offer will help new headteachers to embed the learning from their NPQ for Headship, share and receive peer support, gain confidence and achieve early success in their role.


Discover our NPQs


Apply for an NPQ

Applications for our February 2024 NPQ cohort have now closed. You can register your interest in joining a future NPQ cohort via our expression of interest form.

Express your interest in an NPQ
When I joined the course, I had just failed in my fifth attempt to become a Deputy Headteacher. In March 2023 I was appointed as a Deputy Headteacher; I link the success of my appointment to the quality of training I received through the NPQH.
NPQ for Headship (NPQH) participant

Our Delivery Partners

We partner with schools which share our values.  Our Delivery Partners are selected for their track record of delivering high-quality professional development.

Delivery Partners act as the main point of contact for schools and teachers registered on this programme, providing training events with experienced local facilitators.  

Find out more about our Delivery Partners, see who's in your area or discover how you could partner with us.

Contact us

Considering joining our next NPQ cohort? Fill out our Expression of Interest form to receive further information and next steps.

Complete our expression of interest form


You can also contact our NPQ team directly via email, we're here to help and answer your questions

How to apply

For detailed instructions on how to complete the NPQ application process, please download our application guide.

Download our NPQ application guide


To begin your application journey, please complete a registration form via the DfE registration portal to verify your details.

Complete Dfe registration


Once your details have been validated by the Department for Education (this can take up to three working days), you will be added to our database. We will then be in touch to advise on next steps and how to complete your application.