Education Development Trust (EDT) NPQs
We are incredibly proud of our partnership with Education Development Trust (EDT), who share our values and have a track record of delivering high-quality professional development, to deliver the entire new fully reformed suite of NPQs. 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 across our Teaching School Hub areas.
All programme content is developed in collaboration with schools from a wide range of contexts. Education Development Trust also have strategic partnerships with a number of leading national and international organisations to ensure that participants have access to exceptionally high-quality expertise and content, carefully designed to address the real issues teachers and leaders face each day. These organisations include Evidence Based Education, Sheffield Hallam University Institute of Education, National Literacy Trust, Pen Green Centre and White Rose Education.
As part of the government’s long-term education recovery plan, it was announced in May 2022 that DfE (Department for Education) funded NPQ training scholarships for teachers and leaders employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded organisations in England that offer education to 16–19-year-olds, have been extended for the next two years. This means that from autumn 2022 participants from organisations eligible to access scholarships, will be supported to undertake NPQs in 22/23 and 23/24.
The five Leadership NPQs , designed for teachers and leaders in leadership roles or wanting to achieve leadership skills, are:
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. This NPQ is delivered centrally by Education Development Trust.
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 Senior Leadership (NPQSL):
for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.
Please view the videos below to hear from Aamir Kohli one of our NPQ Senior Leadership NPQ Participants from Trafalgar School in Portsmouth, about why he applied for the NPQSL, how he has found studying the NPQSL so far and what has been his highlight on his NPQ journey with us and EDT.
National Professional Qualification for Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL):
for leaders qualified to at least Level 3 with a full and relevant qualification who are, or are aspiring to be:
managers of private, voluntary, and independent nurseries
headteachers or leaders of school-based or maintained nurseries
childminders with leadership responsibilities
other early years foundation stage leaders, such as reception class teachers or early years coordinators
The NPQEYL will support leaders to develop expertise in leading high-quality education and care, as well as in effective staff and organisational managements, working with and through colleagues so that every child gets the best start in life.
The EDT's NPQEYL programme is designed in partnership with the Pen Green Centre for Children and their Families, and with expert inputs from our partner Early Years settings. This ensures all content is up-to-date, relevant and immediately applicable for all participants, whether they are working in the context of school-based, PVI or childminding settings. Please click here to view a video introducing EDT's strategic partnership with Pen Green centre
Nursery World have published an article about the NPQ for Early Years Leadership, featuring input from colleagues at Pen Green Centre and Education Development Trust.
Steph Lawrence, senior education adviser for the Early Years Professional Development Programme at EDT has written an article, which can be viewed here, on the importance of prioritising CPD for early years staff, at a time when the impact of the pandemic is being seen on child development.
The DfE have created an NPQEYL Summative Assessment FAQ, to support NPQEYL participants and those thinking about registering for the NPQEYL to understand more about the assessment which takes place once the training has been completed. This can be accessed here.
Still not sure of the NPQEYL is the right qualification for you? Read this blog post to find out more about the benefits of completing the NPQ in Early Years Leadership. The Department of Education is offering free high-quality leadership training for leaders of PVI nurseries and other early years settings - Read this blog post to find out more.
To support applicants to understand the courses offered through the Early Years Education Recovery programme, the DfE have mapped out key information about the courses and their differences in this document. This is designed to provide an at-a-glance overview of the courses available, clearly setting out key information to help potential applicants understand more about the differences between the courses and support them to select the course that best suits their developmental needs.
National Professional Qualification for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (NPQ for SENCOs):
This will become the mandatory qualification for SENCOs from September 2024, replacing the NASENCO qualification. Teaching of the NPQ for SENCOs will begin in Autumn 2024.
There is also an Early Headship Coaching Offer (EHCO) for new headteachers
This is an unassessed face-to-face one-year package of structured support, based on the best available evidence about what makes an effective headteacher. Designed for those early on in their headship role, you can complete it alongside the NPQ for headship (NPQH) or if you have recently taken the NPQH, and it includes group coaching, and networking opportunities.
You are eligible for this offer if you meet the following criteria:
you are in your first 5 years of headship
you are employed in England in a state-funded school or state-funded 16 to 19 organisation on starting the training
you have either completed a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) before taking up your first headship post or are currently taking one
you have not withdrawn from the additional support programme previously
There are also five specialist NPQs available, designed for teachers who want to broaden and deepen their expertise in specialist areas within educational settings:
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 are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school. They may have responsibilities for the development of all teachers across a school or specifically trainees or teachers who are early in their career.
National Professional Qualification for Leading Literacy (NPQLL):
for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase.
National Professional Qualification for Leading Primary Mathematics (NPQLPM):
for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibility for leading maths across a primary key-stage or school.
Here is a summary of the time commitments of each of our NPQ programmes:
These programmes have been designed to work for you, and some common features include:
Local cohort groups, meaning less travel time, and online self-study that can be accessed at any time and from anywhere, for easy access and reference whenever needed
Tailored content through regular formative assessments and surveys and real-life situations, so you can see yourself in examples which in turn support you to apply new techniques quickly
Access to national specialist tutors for selected specialisms who will provide additional support throughout each programme
Supportive scheduling with part-time options to suit you, recorded/additional sessions in case of last-minute unavailability, and enhanced well-being and workload reduction resources.
Each of the NPQs is underpinned by a content framework that sets out what participants should know and be able to do after completing an NPQ.
Please view the videos below to hear from Rachel Toy, one of our NPQ Leading Teacher Development NPQ Participants from Kings School in Winchester, about what has been her highlight on her NPQ journey with us and EDT and how she fits in her NPQ studies with a busy workload.
For information on the funding and scholarship eligibility criteria, please click below: