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NPQ in Leading Teacher Development

Our NPQLTD is designed for any member of staff who has – or wants to have – responsibility for leading the development of other teachers in their school. This includes anyone interested in mentoring trainees or early-career teachers.

Developed by teachers for teachers, the programme will harness the NIoT’s leading research into what works in the classroom, putting it to immediate, practical use. Because our programme has been designed by teachers, there will be no time wasted: it will provide only the information essential to helping you do your job efficiently, effectively and in a way that inspires pupils to success.

Aspiring Middle Leader, Middle Leader, Aspiring Senior Leader, Senior Leader
National Professional Qualification in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)
Start Date:
February 2024
Programme Length:
12 months
DfE funding available (see detail below)
  • Overview
  • Benefits
  • Why study at the NIoT?
  • Curriculum
  • Time commitment
  • Location
  • Assessment
  • How to apply
  • Funding


If teaching pupils is a great responsibility, then the teaching of other teachers is equally important – and one that is more vital now than ever.

Our NPQLTD will provide access to cutting-edge research, developed by people who know what teachers need. You’ll be supported in putting new research findings into practice immediately, implementing professional-development programmes that will have a direct impact on classroom teaching.

You will learn to design and deliver effective professional development, to make evidence-informed development decisions and to tailor and adapt support based on individuals’ development needs.

At the heart of it all will be your pupils. Everything you pass on to other teachers will ultimately ensure that your pupils receive the best education possible, and go on to live the fullest lives they possibly can.


  • Essential knowledge: There is no fluff – every minute spent working towards an NPQLTD will enable you to make a greater impact in your job.
  • Research-informed practice: You’ll have access to the latest and best evidence of what works in education, and will be able to apply this to creating a culture of continuous improvement in your school.
  • More motivated pupils: Staff feel supported when their school invests time and effort in their development. And supported teachers mean happier, more motivated pupils.
  • Managing workload: You’ll develop the skills to help staff plan lessons that meet pupils needs and encourage success, without creating unnecessary workload.
  • Community of educators: You’ll be part of a diverse community of educators, all learning from one another during the course – and potentially afterwards, too.
  • Fulfilment: The better and more knowledgeable you are at your job, the more enjoyable and exciting you will find it – and that enthusiasm will be passed on to your pupils.

Why study at the NIoT?

We are a new, pioneering institute, representing a diverse community of schools. We have worked with teachers and teacher-educators who are specialists in their fields to devise an NPQLTD programme that specifically addresses the professional-development needs of teachers today.

It is an exciting time to be a teacher right now: there is an ever-increasing body of evidence of what works in education. We are part of a new school-led movement to change education. If you join us, you will be helping to shape the teaching profession, passing on to colleagues cutting-edge evidence of what works in the classroom. And you will be learning alongside similarly enthusiastic teachers, building networks and forging connections.

We are rooted in schools. We know the unpredictability of school life – the day-to-day challenges that teachers face. Our time-efficient NPQLTD has been drawn up specifically to meet the needs of time-poor, commitment-heavy teachers.

Becoming a better teacher needn’t mean an increased workload. What matters is that staff feel supported and listened to – so that they can devote their full attention to providing the best education possible for pupils.


What you’ll learn

  • How to design and deliver effective professional development
  • How to make informed, evidence-based decisions about professional development
  • How to tailor and adapt support, based on individual development needs

How you’ll learn

The programme is made up of four modules, studied over 12 months. Each module contains a combination of self-study units, locally delivered in-person sessions, online masterclasses delivered by specialists, practice clinics and virtual visits to a school.

Time commitment

On average, participants will spend between one and two hours a week working towards the NPQLTD. Where possible, study should be done in dedicated career-development time during school hours.


Please contact so that we can let you know your nearest National Institute of Teaching delivery school or centre.

We can confirm that we will be delivering NPQs in schools near the following locations:

North and West: Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Blackpool, Blackburn and Preston.

South, East and London: Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Norwich, London and South Essex

North and East: Tyne and Wear, Doncaster, Redcar and Halifax

South and West: Birmingham, Bristol, Swindon, Coventry, Trowbridge and Worcester

More locations will be added regularly, please check back/apply and we’ll confirm if there’s delivery near you.


In order to receive NPQLTD accreditation, participants will need to complete the programme and achieve a pass mark in a written, ‘open book’ style, structured assessment of up to 1,500 words.

We will support participants with writing clinics before they embark on gaining their accreditation.

The assessment itself takes place over an eight-day window. There are two assessment windows per year and participants have two opportunities to take part.  

How to apply

To join the next NIoT NPQLTD cohort, first complete our application form. You will also need to register with the Department for Education before you begin the programme.


For staff from state-funded schools or 16-19 organisations in England, places are fully funded by the DfE. There will be no cost to the participant.

You can study towards more than one NPQ, but will only be eligible for funding for each NPQ once. If you withdraw from or fail your programme, you will not be funded again for the same NPQ.

If you are not eligible for funding, please get in touch for further information on programme costs.

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