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National Professional Qualifications:

The National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are a national, voluntary suite of recognised professional qualifications, designed to support the professional development of teachers, leaders, and aspiring leaders inside and outside of the classroom. They are part of a wider set of DfE reforms to teacher development, which together create a ‘golden thread’ of high-quality, evidence informed teacher development opportunities, spanning across the entirety of a teacher’s career. 

We are proud to be in partnership with Education Development Trust (EDT), who share our values and have a track record of delivering high-quality professional development, to deliver the 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 in our area. 

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 and Pen Green Centre

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. 

There are now four leadership NPQs available, reformed to accommodate the latest evidence-based findings and reflect the new Headteachers’ Standards: 

  • NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)* 

  • NPQ in Headship (NPQH) 

  • NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL) 

  • NPQ in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL) - NEW and available from autumn 2022 

* This NPQ is delivered centrally by Education Development Trust 

There are also four specialist NPQs available, designed for teachers who want to broaden and deepen their expertise in specialist areas within educational settings: 

  • NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC) 

  • NPQ in Leading Teaching (NPQLT) 

  • NPQ in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD) 

  • NPQ in Leading Literacy (NPQLL) - NEW and available from autumn 2022 

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. 

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There is also an Early Headship Coaching Offer (EHCO) for new headteachers 

Previously known as the ‘Additional Support Offer for New Headteachers’ (ASO), this is an unassessed face-to-face one-year package of structured support, based on the latest available evidence on 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: 

  • are in your first 5 years of headship at a state-funded school or state-funded organisation that offers 16 to 19 places in England 

  • are taking or have completed the NPQH 

  • have not withdrawn from the additional support offer (ASO) programme previously 

Further information about the EDTs EHCO, including details about funding eligibility, can be found here

For more detailed information on our suite of NPQs please click below. 

HISP TSH NPQs