What is the NPQLL?

May 23, 2022
Jemima Rhys-Evans

The DfE is introducing 2 new NPQs for the 2022-23 academic year. What is the NPQLL, and what does taking it entail?

Every September, something changes in the world of teaching. Maybe it's the staff, maybe it's the curriculum, maybe it's the Development opportunities available. Maybe it's the Government entirely. But the blessing and curse of education is that you'll never have the same year twice, and come 2022-23 one of the new features of the teaching industry is a couple of new NPQs available to help develop your career. We've discussed what comes with the NPQEYL previously, so now we're going to cover the NPQ in Leading Literacy (NPQLL), the new English & Literacy-focused qualification.

What is the NPQLL?

Literacy is one of the most important elements of a child's education. Facilitating the development and consistent improvement, of pupils' skills with reading, writing and speaking is a vital task in the education process; one that requires co-ordination between a variety of different teacher and subject departments. The DfE's new NPQ is designed specifically to help develop the skills needed to lead groups of educators in fulfilling this ever-present responsibility.

Who is the NPQLL for?

The basic summary of who in education might benefit from taking the NPQLL is "any educator whose responsibilities involve teaching or managing literacy". That could be an English teacher, or head of Department. You could be an Oral English coordinator, or you could be a an Early Years helping children with their first steps into the literate world. If you currently manage, or have aspirations to move into a management role, in an area of teaching associated with literacy learning, then the NPQLL is an option for your future career development. It's as simple as that.

What will you learn on the NPQLL?

The NPQLL is made up of a variety of different elements, all working together over an 18-month long course; we'll be giving you the general "headlines" of NPQLL learning here, but if you'd like to explore in fuller detail we'd recommend reading the DfE's NPQLL Guidance.

The NPQLL's teaching revolves around the practice of 6 key elements of literacy education:

  1. Teaching
  2. Developing Language
  3. Developing Reading
  4. Developing Writing
  5. Professional Development
  6. Implementation

You'll learn how to support these key developments in pupil growth in concert with other teachers, and examine how to balance the practicalities of teaching literacy with the needs of management responsibilities. You'll work on this in practical terms, and eventually be assessed on your understanding and implementation of the key principles.

How do you apply for the NPQLL?

We'll be opening applications for 2022-23 NPQs soon, so watch this space! In the meantime, we hope that you've found this little quick-stop guide helpful; if you have any further questions about the NPQLL, please feel free to get in touch.

Jemima Rhys-Evans
Teaching School Hub Director & Charles Dickens Research School Director

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