NPQ in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)

Supporting the training and development of other teachers.

Who is it for?

For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of teachers at all stages of their career in their school.

What will I learn?

Gain a prestigious professional qualification

NPQs are the most widely recognised qualifications in the education sector for current and aspiring leaders. An NPQ is an invaluable tool for opening up further possibilities in your career.

Increase your expertise in leading successful teacher development

Benefit from our programme’s blended approach; learn about the core research on how to design and deliver effective professional learning, and examine practical examples of how to put these approaches into action. 

Gain practical skills to take you to the next level as a school leader 

Build expertise in developing others, and develop your own practical skills in how to sequence, plan and develop a high quality CPD offering for all staff. 

Join a passionate network striving for educational equality

Share experiences with other school leaders; learn how they’ve faced similar challenges, whilst building a professional network that will support you throughout your career.

Programme Content & Structure

This 15-month programme (12 months' delivery and three months for assessment) consists of a series of courses based on the DfE's NPQ frameworks. Each course cycle features: 

  • Evidence-based online content to refresh and build knowledge, as well as exemplify what this looks like for your role and level of leadership
  • A formative assessment task to support your learning
  • A face-to-face seminar with a group of peers, facilitated by a serving school leader - you'll analyse and reflect on the task and hear further examples of good practice
  • The opportunity to record reflections and consolidate learning

This cycle repeats throughout the programme, with implementation a consideration in every course. Towards the end of the programme, you'll also take a course focused specifically on effective implementation. This provides an opportunity to complete a significant but manageable change project as part of your role. There will be ongoing support through a seminar group and discussion forum.

Programme Objectives

This programme will help you to: 

  • Develop as a specialist in areas related to your role, including designing and delivering continual professional development (CPD) to others across the school
  • Work with serving school leaders and subject matter experts to turn new learning into changes in your own and others’ practise
  • Access a blended learning programme that is full of practical and tangible examples, flexible and tailored to your needs and areas of development and focus

Modules include:

  • Teaching
  • Designing effective professional development
  • Delivering effective professional development
  • Implementation


Benefits for you

    • Develop expertise in supporting initial teacher training, early career teachers as well as the wider development of all colleagues across the school
    • A blended learning experience which fits around your role where you learn and discuss key content online, delivered in a way that suits the busy working lives of teachers and school leaders
    • Local virtual and face to face sessions that focus on real problem-solving, creating understanding, connecting with your peers and gaining depth of knowledge
    • Ongoing preparation to give you confidence to pass the final assessmentFacilitation and support from serving school leaders in outstanding schools and delivery at local venues

Benefits for your school / organisation

    • A skilful and research-informed teacher development professional who can lead the golden thread of initial teacher training, early career development and ongoing professional learning
    • Practical capability to get on with the job of developing others with the skills to lead people and teams, creating change and impact
    • A professionally aware and informed leader who can make evidence-based decisions and approach leading teacher development in an effective and efficient manner
    • The ability to review and evaluate practice in order to bring about change and get the best outcomes for young people and staff within the organisation

How will I be assessed?

At the end of the programme, you will complete a 1500-word case study assessment to demonstrate your understanding of real leadership and change.


Our programmes are led by a team of expert facilitators from different settings and phases who will support you throughout the programme.

Further information

Start your NPQ journey by completing the application form provided below.

What next?


Funding for Autumn 2024 will target those teachers and leaders who work in the most challenging schools or educational settings, serving more disadvantaged communities.

Scholarship funding to cover the full NPQ course cost will be available to teachers and leaders from:

  • the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding
  • 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage

Applicants who are ITT Lead Mentors for providers accredited to deliver ITT from 2024 are eligible for scholarship funding for the NPQ for Leading Teacher Development. This includes ITT Lead Mentors working in non-school settings and in school settings that are not on the high disadvantage list. This eligibility does not include people who are ‘planning to become a Lead Mentor’, they must already be in role.

Full eligibility for scholarship funding and targeted support funding details HERE

The course fee for all others is £899

Download the NPQLTD Curriculum