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NPQ in Leading Teaching

Our NPQLT is designed for ambitious teachers who lead or aspire to lead teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

Developed by teachers for teachers, the programme will harness the NIoT’s leading research, 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 Teaching (NPQLT)
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


It is impossible to underestimate the role that teacher leaders – heads of subject, year group, key stage or phase – play in schools. Not only are you actively shaping the curriculum that pupils study, but you are the person who will support pupils in need, whether they’re struggling academically, socially or with their home lives.

Our NPQLT will provide access to leading research, developed by people who know what teachers need. This will give you the knowledge necessary to become a truly outstanding teacher-leader, and to use this knowledge to inspire others to do the same.

But at the heart of it all will be your pupils. Everything you learn will help ensure that your pupils flourish and are able to live the fullest and most successful lives they possibly can.


  • Essential knowledge: There is no fluff – every minute spent working towards an NPQLT 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 sequencing your curriculum and planning for assessment in your own subject and context.
  • Learn to lead: You’ll build the expertise necessary to manage a team of teachers and to determine the culture of the team.
  • Personalised learning: You’ll develop the skills to meet individual pupils’ needs – and support colleagues to do the same – so that all pupils will have an opportunity to thrive.
  • 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 develop an NPQLT programme that specifically addresses the challenges facing 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 will be generating our own research, and putting those findings to immediate use in the classroom. 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. 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 NPQLT has been drawn up specifically to meet the needs of time-poor, commitment-heavy teachers. Teachers know best what teachers need – our programme will give you only the information essential to providing the best education possible for your pupils.


What you’ll learn

  • What good teaching practice involves and how to implement it
  • How to support colleagues in designing a broad and coherent curriculum
  • How to plan effective lessons and to stimulate pupils’ thinking
  • How to help colleagues to adapt their teaching to different levels and needs
  • How to contribute to the design of school assessment systems
  • How to align your professional development with wider school-improvement priorities

How you’ll learn

The programme is made up of five modules, studied over 12 months. Each module usually 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

There are two or three scheduled events every half term, some online and some in-person and around six to eight hours of self study.


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 NPQLT 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 NPQLT 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 course, 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.

Contact us

Please get in touch to find out more about our programmes and find out where we are delivering them near you.

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