Empowering teachers and leaders to make change happen

National Professional Qualifications

We know that the quality of teaching is the most important factor in improving pupil outcomes, but we also know that this cannot happen in schools without effective leadership. Great leaders create the right conditions for improvement in the classroom and school.

Our National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) will empower leaders and aspiring leaders to create conditions for change and embed evidence-informed teaching and learning at their levels of control, whether that be the classroom, department, school or trust.

For teachers taking their first steps into specialist leadership roles, our specialist NPQs support practitioners towards mastery of relevant expertise, giving them the knowledge and tools to develop others and extend their influence beyond their own classrooms.

Our leadership NPQs guide experienced and aspiring leaders through learning that examines the three layers of influence: school culture; the organisational conditions which bring this culture to life; and how these conditions can promote excellent teaching in every classroom.

As with all our professional development programmes, our NPQs are built around the real needs of schools and leaders. By working closely with educators from a range of contexts and specialisms, we ensure that all our materials are relevant, using real life situations and provide new techniques that are useful straight away. We pay close attention to workload and wellbeing, with a range of resources and support available for all, and in particular new headteachers.

Our NPQs are flexible, adaptable, and built to fit around a busy work schedule. The blended learning approach of our programmes consists of tutoring, face-to-face teaching, and both live and recorded online learning.