Improving the effectiveness of teachers and leaders

National Professional Qualifications: Empowering teachers and leaders to make change happen

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.

Our Specialist and Leadership NPQ Programmes

For school leaders who are, or aspire to be, an Executive Headteacher or to have a CEO role within a school trust with responsibility for leading several schools.

Duration: 18 months (plus 3 months for Summative Assessment process)
Hours of study: 87 including 6 hours of 1:1 coaching
Cost: £3,995 or offered at no cost to the participant, available to those who meet the following criteria:

  • are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher or have a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools
  • work in a state-funded school or a state-funded organisation that offers 16-19 places in England

Please note that our NPQEL programme will be delivered centrally via Education Development Trust, rather than via delivery partners.

For school leaders who are, or aspire to be, a Headteacher or Head of School with responsibility for leading a school.

Duration: 18 months (plus 3 months for Summative Assessment process)
Hours of study: 81
Cost: £1,885 or offered at no cost to the participant, available for those who meet the following criteria:

  • are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school
  • work in a state-funded school or a state-funded organisation that offers 16-19 places in England

OR:

  • are a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school
  • are in the first 24 months of headship
  • work in a state-funded school or a state-funded organisation that offers 16-19 places in England

NPQH applicants can also apply for our Additional Support Programme for New Headteachers (ASO). Full funding for the ASO is available for eligible participants. 

For teachers who have, or aspire to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.

Duration: 12 months (plus 3 months for Summative Assessment process)
Hours of study: 55
Cost: £875 or offered at no cost to the participant, available to all teachers who meet the following criteria:

  • have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school
  • work in a state-funded school or a state-funded organisation that offers 16-19 places in England

For leaders and teachers who have, or aspire to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school.

Duration: 12 months (plus 3 months for Summative Assessment process)
Hours of study: 55
Cost: £835 or offered at no cost to the participant for all leaders and teachers who meet the following criteria:

  • have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school
  • work in a state-funded school or a state-funded organisation that offers 16-19 places in England

For teachers who have, or aspire to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

Duration: 12 months (plus 3 months for Summative Assessment process)
Hours of study: 55
Cost: £875 or offered at no cost to the participant, available to all teachers who meet the following criteria:

  • have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase
  • work in a state-funded school or a state-funded organisation that offers 16-19 places in England

For school leaders who are, or aspire to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.

Duration: 18 months (plus 3 months for Summative Assessment process)
Hours of study: 81
Cost: £1,120 or offered at no cost to the participant, available to those who meet the following criteria:

  • are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities
  • work in a state-funded school or a state-funded organisation that offers 16-19 places in England

Additional Support Programme for New Headteachers (ASO) 

Apply, Thrive, Sustain

Our Support Programme for New Headteachers is tailored to your needs and is suitable for any stage of NPQH study, before, during or after, and for any headteacher in their first two years of headship.

Being a headteacher can be immensely rewarding, but it comes with its own set of challenges. On this programme, we will directly address these challenges by enabling you to Apply NPQH knowledge and skills to your own context, Thrive through building support networks alongside main NPQH groups and Sustain your development using social and psychological resources for leadership.

This programme offers you: 

  • Local mini-groupings that will help you to establish relationships and foster networks.
  • Bespoke online diagnostic survey assessing your strengths, confidence and development needs.
  • Enhanced Community of Practice led by experienced serving headteachers.
  • Face-to-face sessions providing guided professional dialogue and additional mentoring support.
  • Enhanced collaboration opportunities through shadowing and online spaces for resource sharing and chat.
  • Local peer review trio supporting the application of NPQH knowledge in own-school contexts.

Mode of delivery: 10 face-to-face (pending Covid restrictions - virtual delivery possible) local sessions of 3 hours each: 30 hours in total across the academic year.

Cost: £800 (full funding is available for eligible participants)

You are eligible for this targeted support package if you meet the following criteria:

  • are in your first 24 months of headship
  • work in a state-funded school in England upon starting the training
  • have either completed an NPQH before taking up your first headship post or are currently taking the NPQH
  • have not withdrawn from the additional support programme previously

All eligible places on this programme are fully funded by the Department for Education at a cost of £800 per participant.

Why learn with Education Development Trust?

When you join us, you will be working with a consortium of organisations who bring significant knowledge, expertise, and experience with them. We are an international charity with a deep commitment to our mission of transforming life chances by improving education. We pride ourselves on our reputation for high-quality, school-led, and exceptionally well-managed professional development programmes for teachers and leaders.

1. We design content with schools and expert organisations to ensure our programmes have real impact

We are working in partnership with internationally recognised experts from Sheffield Hallam University’s Institute of Education and Evidence Based Education, who will bring evidence and rigour to the work we do. Our national network of school Delivery Partners play an equally important role, ensuring that the content we create is deeply rooted in an understanding of what is needed in real schools, right now. Whatever your context, this combination of expertise from the classroom and beyond will challenge and support your growth as an educator, helping you to continue to transform children’s life chances in your work.

Academies Enterprise Trust (AET)*

Barnsley and Doncaster Teaching School Hub

Camden Learning

Five Counties Teaching School Hub Alliance

Forest Learning Alliance

HISP Teaching School Hub

L.E.A.D. Teaching School Hub - Lincolnshire

Lambeth Training Support Alliance

Ormiston Academies Trust

Potentia Teaching School Hub

REAch2

Selby and Wakefield Teaching School Hub

South Yorkshire Teaching Hub

Spencer Teaching School Hub

Vantage Teaching School Hub – North Humber

 

*Please note NPQs delivered by Academies Enterprise Trust are available to staff at AET academies only.

2. Our programmes are carefully designed to support your learning

For each qualification, we use a common methodology to develop and nurture your existing expertise and capabilities.

Each of our NPQ Programmes includes:

  • An introduction and diagnostic assessment to scaffold and frame your learning, identify gaps in your knowledge and direct you to the areas that are most relevant to you.
  • Tutor support sessions, led by a Local Lead Trainer which will provide you with opportunities to bring your learning into context and collaborate and network with peers.
  • Lots of online evidence and examples to introduce you to key ideas and demonstrate how you could implement these concepts.
  • A micro implementation task to reinforce the overall approach to managing improvement and prepare you for the summative assessment.
  • Face-to-face and live online training where together with your peers you’ll learn through expert-led dialogue, collaborative activities, and structured practice of new techniques.
  • A formative assessment activity to check your understanding and confidence, signpost you towards further learning and provide feedback that’s individual to you.

3. Everything we do is bound by the same research-led principles, which are:

1. Teachers learn like everyone else: we provide materials, tutoring and coaching that combine evidence-based learning approaches with empowering routines and Deliberate Practice to help embed what is being learned.

2. Collaboration is a pre-condition for professional learning: our teaching model provides a supportive environment for sharing ideas and challenging beliefs.

3. Making change stick takes knowledge, skill, time, and concerted effort: our focus helps leaders understand how professional development can have a sustained impact.

4. Meaningful, relevant, and applicable learning is vital: our Programmes focus on immediately recognisable situations, allowing new and aspiring leaders to understand the practices and thinking of expert leaders, creating the crucial mental models to improve.

5. Effective professional development is sustained over time: we understand that the success of everything we do relies on accessible and flexible options, with courses that sensitively accommodate existing workload, timetabling constraints and the busiest times in the school calendar.