National professional qualification

Leading teacher development


Teachers and leaders interested in developing others
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 gain confidence and develop skills in:

  • implementing evidence-based professional development programmes focused on improving classroom teaching
  • promoting a strong professional development culture across their school

Who this course is for

This course is for staff who have, or want to have:

  • responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school. This includes anyone interested in mentoring trainees or early career teachers

What you’ll learn

This course covers themes including:

  • designing and delivering effective professional development
  • how to make informed evidence-based professional development decisions
  • techniques for tailoring and adapting support based on individual development needs

How you and your school could benefit

Professional development culture

Build expertise around creating a culture of professional learning and continuous improvement in your school. Staff feel supported if their school invests in their development. This can then filter down to the classroom, resulting in happier, more motivated pupils.

Pupil outcome improvements

You’ll learn how to ensure professional development in your school is focused on a shared responsibility for improving outcomes for all pupils.

Effective support for colleagues

Develop the skills to help colleagues plan effective lessons, meet individual pupil needs and provide opportunities for all pupils to succeed without creating unnecessary workload.

Training based around individual timetables

You can complete much of the work in bite-size chunks around existing schedules.

Learn with people from different education settings

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

Course structure

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

The course covers 4 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.


The following providers offer this NPQ:

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.