National Professional Qualification in Leading Behaviour & Culture (NPQLBC)

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ForThose who have or are aspiring to have, responsibility to lead pupil behaviour and culture and support others in these areas.
Length12 months
Study Time55.5 hours:
30hrs online study; three 4-hour in-person sessions; nine 1.5hr virtual sessions
Programme Start OptionsNovember 2021 or February 2022
Fully funded for all staff in state-funded schools in England – more information here

Lead behaviour, culture and pupil wellbeing

  • Gain a prestigious, government-backed qualification and make progress in your career
  • Develop expertise and leadership in the art, craft and science of classroom culture, behaviour and wellbeing
  • Learn flexibly around your job with a blend of online learning, virtual sessions and local face to face workshops
  • Ideal for those who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibility to lead pupil behaviour and culture and support others in these areas. 

Benefits for you

Our NPQLBC qualification is aligned to the Chartered College of Teaching’s Chartered Teacher and Chartered Leader Status, providing a springboard for your next steps.

Benefits for Participants

  • Develop expertise and leadership in the art, craft and science of classroom culture, behaviour and wellbeing
  • A blended learning experience which fits around your role where you learn and discuss key content online – no more sitting listening to presentations for hours
  • Local virtual and face to face sessions that focus on real problem-solving, creating understanding, connecting with your peers and gaining depth of knowledge
  • Ongoing preparation to give you confidence to pass the final assessment
  • Facilitation and support from serving school leaders in outstanding schools and delivery at local venues

Benefits for your school or trust

  • A skilful and research-informed professional who can lead the improvement of pupil wellbeing, create calm classrooms, great pupil behaviour and a warm whole-school culture
  • Practical capability to get on with the job of developing others with the skills to lead with people and teams, creating change and impact
  • The ability to review and evaluate practice in order to bring about change and get the best outcomes for young people and staff within the organisation

A 12-month blend of flexible online learning, online discussion, virtual workshops and face to face workshops. This is followed by a 8-day assessment window where you will complete a 1500-word case study assessment to demonstrate your understanding of real leadership and change.

Curriculum outline and delivery model for NPQLBC

Our online modules guide you and your colleagues through understanding and implementing effective approaches to people-powered school improvement.

This completely new Specialist NPQ has an evidence-based curriculum design, connecting you to the latest research and best practice. Our research-rich course covers all of the core content in the government’s Framework for this qualification and this is aligned with core themes around: effective communication, creating change, working with teams, managing yourself. Key areas include:

  • Understanding how to support effective teaching and great classroom culture and behaviour
  • Supporting wider school culture, pupil wellbeing and complex behavioural needs
  • Professionally developing others, creating change and supporting school culture


The course fee is £889. 

Fully funded for new headteachers who are in the first 24 months of headship in a state-funded school in England; Fully funded for staff employed in one of the 30% of schools in England with the highest levels of pupils on Pupil Premium. Find out more.

More information

The Teacher Development Trust is an internationally leading charity in the fields of staff development and school improvement through people development. Founded by practising teachers and leaders in 2012, we’ve helped hundreds of schools and leaders to create lasting improvement.



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Find your local partner

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Our network of UK and international delivery partners will be happy to support you along your learning journey with exceptional facilitators who have a strong track record of leadership and supporting other leaders.

If you may be interested in becoming a facilitator, please click here.

“The course had a huge impact on my professional life this year […] it reignited my desire to learn in an academic sense”

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