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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.  

Starting from September 2021, the existing NPQs in Senior Leadership (NPQSL), Headship (NPQH) and Executive Leadership (NPQEL) have been reformed to accommodate the latest evidence-based findings and reflect the new Headteachers’ Standards. 

The NPQ for Middle Leadership has been replaced with three new Specialist qualifications: NPQ for Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD), NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC) and NPQ for Leading Teaching (NPQLT), designed for teachers who want to broaden and deepen their expertise in specialist areas within educational settings.  

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 the following NPQs:

  • NPQ IN Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD) (*if you are in a state funded school)
  • NPQ in Headship (NPQH) (*if you are within the first 2 years of headship in a state funded school or in the top 30th percentile for pupils on Pupil Premium)
  • 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)

Full scholarships are available for state funded schools within the top 30th percentile in relation to pupils on Pupil Premium for the following NPQ

  • NPQ in Leading behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)
  • NPQ in Leading Teaching (NPQLT)
  • NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
  • NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

If you are not sure whether your school is eligible, please contact our team who will be able to advise you.

How to apply

1. Expression of Interest

Please complete our ‘Expression of Interest’ form here.

If you have already completed this form, thank you.  Please now see step 2.

2. Register

Teachers/Leaders (not schools) must register their intention to complete an NPQ via the DfE’s online Service:  Register for a National Professional Qualification ( Please select ‘Education Development Trust’ as your Lead Provider.

3. Apply

Once someone has registered with the DfE they will be sent an email link inviting them to create an account on the EDT portal which will enable them to complete the application form, and save their progress. The form will be pre-populated with information from their DfE registration. Applicants will provide any remaining required information, including sponsor information and details about their suitability for the programme, before the specified deadline.  This information will be shared with HISP Teaching School Hub.  

4. Begin

The on-boarding process will begin in the Autumn term, with programmes starting in November.