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National Professional Qualifications

Empowering leaders at all levels throughout their careers through NPQs 

The National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are a group of widely recognised professional qualifications designed to meet the needs of education leaders. NPQs provide extensive training and support for current and aspiring leaders at all levels. 

We work with the Education Development Trust (EDT), who share our values and have a track record of delivering high-quality professional development. As a Delivery Partner, we will host training events with experienced local facilitators and ensure materials are adapted to fit the needs of educators and pupils in our area.  

The suite of NPQs were reformed in September 202b to accommodate the latest evidence-based findings and reflect the new Headteachers’ Standards. 

Our flyers can be viewed via the links at the bottom of this page.  Why not view our NPQ brochure on the link below.

NPQ Brochure


Costs and Scholarships

Due to the importance placed on supporting new headteachers and developing early career teachers, schools can access full scholarships for all NPQs:


  • NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)
  • NPQ in Headship (NPQH)
  • NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
  • Additional Support for Head Teachers (*if you are within the first 2 years of headship in a state-funded school and have either completed, or are currently taking an NPQH)


  • NPQ In Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD) 
  • NPQ in Leading Teaching (NPQLT)
  • NPQ in Leading behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)


Programme Dates

Cohort One - Begins November 2021 - CLOSED

Cohort Two - Begins February 2022 - APPLY BY 17 JANUARY 2022

Dates for Cohort 2 have not yet been set - please do apply now; full details will be provided in due course.


Application Process

1. Register with the DfE

Applicants (not schools) must register their intention to complete an NPQ via the DfE’s online Service:  Register for a National Professional Qualification (

Provider = Education Development Trust (EDT)

2. Apply

Applicants will receive an email from the EDT with a link to their application portal*.  Please register with the portal, complete the application form, including sponsor information.

3. Validation

Applicants will receive an email from the DfE to verify their details (TRN, DOB and NI)*.  This is an important step to complete before your application form is sent to HISP for consideration.

4. Onboard

The outcome of your application will be sent via the EDT and applicants must click the link to formally accept the place.  Schools will be sent a contract to digitally sign.  Course materials and webinars are accessed via the EDT Online Platform and applicants will be sent a link to this prior to the commencement of the programme.  

*Please check your junk folder