National professional qualification

Leading behaviour and culture


Teachers and leaders
Course duration
12 months
Average weekly study time

1 to 2 hours

Study type

Mix of self-study and group sessions

Assessment type

Reflection based on case study (1,500 words)

Next start

October 2023

Course overview

This course will help you develop skills and gain the confidence to enact changes in:

  • setting a culture of high expectations and learning in your school
  • enabling conditions for good behaviour for pupils and ensuring colleagues are supported in their classroom-level approaches
  • supporting pupil wellbeing and understanding the impact this has on behaviour

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for all teachers and leaders who are, or want to be, involved in:

  • developing and implementing behaviour and wellbeing strategies in their school

This course is also suitable for other specialised roles including:

  • behaviour management lead
  • special educational needs co-ordinator
  • welfare management manager
  • pastoral team lead
  • key stage and phase leaders
  • social, emotional and mental health lead

What you’ll learn

This course covers themes including:

  • creating a culture of high expectations, including the impact this has on school outcomes
  • enabling conditions for good behaviour, including through implementing effective behaviour management systems
  • dealing with complex behavioural needs, including how to prevent and respond to bullying
  • developing effective professional development linked to behaviour and culture
  • implementing evidence-based improvement plans

How you and your school could benefit

Gain expertise and drive meaningful change

You’ll develop knowledge and skills in leading behaviour and culture. you’ll then be able to apply these in practice across your school.

This will help to engage and motivate staff and pupils. It will also help reduce disruption in classrooms.

Create a positive school culture

You’ll learn to develop school-wide systems and processes to support pupils. This will enable you to get the best out of pupils and colleagues in your school.

Learn with people from different education settings

Take advantage of training alongside a diverse group of fellow educators with lots of different perspectives. You’ll learn from each other’s experiences and be able to bounce ideas off each other during group sessions and collaborative practical tasks.

Improve pupil outcomes

You’ll be able to shape a positive and encouraging atmosphere where pupils are more likely to thrive.

Course structure

The DfE-approved providers offering this NPQ have designed their course content around an evidence-based framework.

The course covers 6 topics, with a mix of self-study and group coaching sessions, as well as face-to-face sessions with other participants.

On average you will need to spend between 1 and 2 hours per week working towards completing this NPQ. Where possible, you should do this during dedicated career development time in school hours.


You can train with one of the following providers:

They work with delivery partners, such as teaching school hubs, to provide training.

How this NPQ is assessed

To get your NPQ accreditation you’ll need to:

  • complete the course
  • pass a written assessment (1,500 words) at the end

Your course provider will be able to give you more details about how the assessment works.

Course funding

Full DfE funding, with no cost to the participant, is available to staff from:

  • state-funded schools in England
  • state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England
Funding is currently available if you start your NPQ in the 2022 to 2023 academic year or the 2023 to 2024 academic year.

You can do more than one NPQ, but will only be eligible for funding for each NPQ once. If you withdraw or fail your course you cannot get funded again for the same NPQ.


Step 1

Speak to your line manager to get support for you doing this NPQ.

Step 2

Once you have your school’s approval, they’ll be able to help you choose a training provider.

Step 3

Register with us so we can confirm you’re eligible to take this course for free.

We’ll give your details to your chosen provider once you have registered. They’ll then send you an application form.