National Professional Qualifications

The reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) have been created to complete the golden thread of continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers, from the early stages of teacher development with the Early Career Framework (ECF) through to executive leadership. They are designed to offer the best possible support to teachers and leaders wanting to expand their knowledge and develop their skills, helping them to become more effective teachers and leaders inside and outside the classroom.

East Manchester Teaching School Hub is partnered with University College London (UCL) to deliver the full suite of National Professional Qualifications.

Join our NPQs

The DfE Registration Portal is currently closed for new registrations for the Autumn 2024 Cohort
The portal is due to reopen at the start of July 2024. 
In the meantime, if you are interested in registering for an NPQ for the Autumn 2024 cohort please complete the Pre-Registration form in this link 
Following completion of the form, when the portal re-opens, you will be emailed the DfE registration link to complete your registration with the DfE.
In addition to the current NPQs listed below, we will also be offering the new NPQ for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators for the next cohort. More information on this programme will be available soon.

Leadership NPQs

For teachers looking to progress into senior leadership and beyond, the following NPQs build foundational knowledge to lead rapid improvement in a school, or lead on trust’s key improvement priorities whilst all the time creating and embedding a culture that allows the school, staff and pupils to thrive:

NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)Designed for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.Commences in Autumn & Spring
NPQ in Headship (NPQH)Designed for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.Commences in Autumn & Spring
NPQ in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)For leaders qualified to at least Level 3 with full and relevant qualification who are, or are aspiring to be managers of Private, Voluntary and Independent nurseries, headteachers of school-based or maintained nurseries, or childminders with leadership responsibilities. Commences in Autumn
NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)Designed for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher or a school trust CEO with responsibility for leading several schools.Facilitated nationally by UCL
NPQ Special Educational Needs Coordinator (NPQSENCO)For any school leaders, teachers who are interested in developing expertise in special education needs and disabilities (SEND) or current special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs).  This NPQ will be mandatory for SENCOs from September 2024.Commences in Autumn

Specialist NPQs

The following programmes are for those who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject or year, leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school, or leading the development of other teachers in their school.

NPQ in Leading Teaching (NPQLT)Designed for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.Commences in Autumn & Spring
NPQ in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)Designed for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school.Commences in Autumn
NPQ in Leading Behaviour & Culture (NPQLBC)Designed for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.Commences in Autumn
NPQ in Leading Literacy (NPQLL)Designed for teachers who have, or aspire to have, responsibility for leading literacy across a year group, key stage, phase or school.Commences in Autumn
NPQ in Leading Primary Maths (NPQLPM)*
Designed for teachers and leaders with responsibility for leading maths across a primary key-stage or school, or those who want to have this responsibility.
• Teachers familiar with mastery approaches to teaching primary maths, who want to improve leadership skills in this area.
Before applying for this NPQ, you should have a secure understanding of mastery approaches to teaching maths from the Teaching for Mastery programme, or an equivalent programme. This can be confirmed by your headteacher after registration with the DfE.
Commences in Spring

*Leading Primary Maths is delivered in partnership with Turing NW Maths hub.

Benefits to participants

Working with East Manchester Teaching School Hub and UCL, participants will have:

  • Access to world-leading research, evidence informed practice and knowledge exchange
  • An increased awareness and understanding of self as leader and of the behaviours needed to lead a school
  • Increased leadership confidence to implement school improvement, drive culture and ethos, curriculum,
  • Teaching and learning, assessment and develop organisational effectiveness
  • Time to reflect on your leadership practice and to network with a wide range of school leaders, and
  • Access to full coverage of the DfE’s NPQ qualification framework

Benefits to schools

Working with East Manchester Teaching School Hub and UCL, schools will:

  • Develop a strategic approach to leadership focused on improving pupil outcomes
  • Access programmes designed to enhance staff wellbeing, agency, recruitment and retention within your organisation
  • Engage in a joined-up approach to school improvement in your school and region
  • Learn about how to lead the implementation of effective, sustainable change
  • Grow leadership capacity built on evidence-informed practice that is responsive, agile and bespoke to your context.

Need more information?

If you would like further information or support in selecting your programme, please feel free to contact us.

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