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Overview of NPQs

Whether you are a teacher looking to deepen your expertise or a school leader wanting to stretch yourself to the next transition in your career, we offer an NPQ programme which is suitable for you.

The reformed suite of NPQs no longer includes the NPQ for Middle Leadership as this has been replaced by three specialist teacher qualifications- NPQLT, NPQLBC, and NPQLTD.

We have 9 FULLY FUNDED Programmes to choose from;

  1. Leading Teaching
  2. Leading Behaviour and Culture 
  3. Leading Teacher Development
  4. Senior Leadership
  5. Headship
  6. Early Headship Coaching Offer
  7. Executive Leadership 
  8. Early Years Leadership - Apply using the form on this page
  9. Leading Literacy -  Apply using the form on this page

Our email: npq@churchofengland.org

On this page you will find;

  • NPQ Programme Prospectus
  • Overview table including time requirements and funding

Please note that all our NPQs are fully funded. For more information about funding, eligibility, and some frequently asked questions, please click here 

What is an NPQ?

Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE), National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are a nationally recognised suite of qualifications for teachers and school leaders at all levels; from those who want to develop expertise in high quality teaching practice, to those leading multiple schools across a trust or other group of schools.

Teachers and leaders employed in state funded schools and state funded organisations including those that offer 16-19 places in England will be able to access a fully funded NPQ from Autumn 2021, to support teachers and pupils following the disruption to learning faced as a result of COVID-19.

NPQ Overview Table

Programme

Who is this programme for?

Total Course Duration

Self-Led Hours

Live Teaching Hours (this includes webinar and face to face)

Coaching Hours

Where will learning take place

Full cost

DFE Funded?

NPQ Leading Teaching

Subject/Curriculum/Key Stage leaders

15 months

24

28

8

Virtually/ F2F in 18 local areas (covering every part of the country)

£890 

 

YES for all teachers in state funded schools

NPQ Leading Behaviour & Culture

Pastoral/Behaviour Leaders, SENDCOs, Heads of Year/House, Chaplains

15 months

18

25

8

Virtually/ F2F in 18 local areas (covering every part of the country)

£890

 

YES for all teachers in state funded schools

NPQ Leading Teacher Development

CPD Leads, ECF mentors

15 months

12

22

8

Virtually/ F2F in 18 local areas (covering every part of the country)

£890

 

YES for all teachers in state funded schools

NPQ Senior Leadership

Aspiring/current Senior Leaders

21 months

30

45

10

Virtually/F2F both Nationally & Regionally

£1,135

 

YES for all teachers in state funded schools

NPQ Headship

Aspiring/new Headteachers/Principals

21 months

30

52.5

10

Virtually/F2F both Nationally & Regionally

£1,970

 

YES for all teachers in state funded schools

Early Headship Coaching Offer for New Headteachers

those who have completed or started the NPQH prior to taking up their first head teacher role, and those who are in their first five years of headship

12/24 months

Self-defined

36

10

Virtually/F2F nationally in same regional areas as NPQH

ASO £800 (payable by DfE) 

 

YES for all teachers in state funded schools

NPQ Executive Leadership

Aspiring/current Executive Leaders, MAT CEOs, Trust Improvement Directors, Executive Heads, Federation Leads

21 months

25

62

20

Virtually/National Residentials

£4,085

 

YES for all teachers in state funded schools

National Professional

Qualifications for Early Years

Leadership (NPQEYL)

 

Early Years Leaders in School and PVI settings, Primary School leaders

15 months

12

22

8

Virtually/ F2F in 18 local areas (covering every part of the country)

£1149

 

YES for all teachers in state funded schools

National Professional

Qualifications for Leading

Literacy (NPQLL)

 

English leads, Whole school Literacy leads

15 months

12

22

8

Virtually/ F2F in 18 local areas (covering every part of the country)

£899

YES for all teachers in state funded schools