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A brand new Specialist NPQ for those who are leading literacy programmes across a school, year group, key stage or phase, or who are aspiring to such roles in the future


“Reflective. Engaging. Inspiring.”


NPQ for Leading Literacy (NPQLL)

Lead successful improvement of literacy teaching in your school

A brand new qualification for those who are leading literacy programmes across a school or trust, or who are aspiring to such roles in the near future.

  • Gain a nationally recognised, prestigious, government-backed qualification and make progress in your career
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of how to apply the evidence on leading literacy teaching
  • Learn flexibly around your job with a blend of online learning, virtual sessions and local face to face workshops

Benefits for you

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of how to apply the evidence on leading literacy teaching
  • A blended learning experience which fits around your role where you learn and discuss key content online delivered in a way that suits the busy working lives of teachers
  • 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 excellent schools and delivery at local venues

Benefits for your school or trust

  • A skilful and research-informed professional who can lead the improvement of literacy teaching
  • Practical capability to get on with the job of developing others with the skills to lead with people and teams, creating change and impact
  • A professionally aware and informed leader who can make evidence-based decisions and approach leading teacher development in an effective and efficient manner
  • 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 blend of flexible online learning, online discussion, virtual seminars and face to face workshops, for a few hours study each week over 12 months. This is followed by an assessment where you will complete a 1500-word case study assessment to demonstrate your understanding of real leadership and change

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-informed 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. It will help you to:

  • Understand how to effectively develop pupils’ language, reading and writing skills
  • Implement effective strategies to improve pupils’ outcomes in literacy
  • Professionally develop others, creating change and supporting school culture

Click here for full course overview

Funding and Cost

Full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant, for the NPQ in Leading Literacy is available to all teachers who meet the following criteria:

  • have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading literacy
  • are employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England

Full eligibility for scholarship funding and targeted support funding details HERE

The course fee for all others is £899

Start your application

Start your NPQ journey by completing the application form provided below

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.



Key Information: A Quick Guide

Course Length
12 months
Study Time
40hrs online study; three 4-hour in-person sessions; three 1.5hr national seminars; six 1.5hr local seminars; three 1.5hr case studies
National Professional Qualification for Leading Literacy
Programme Start Date
26th February 2024
Other Key Dates
Final Delivery Session w/c 20th January 2025, Assessment Window start 3rd February 2025 - end 10th February 2025
Fully funded for all staff in state-funded schools and state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England. £899 for all others

Apply for your NPQ Spring ’24 start

Apply for TDT NPQs starting in Spring 2024 here. Deadline for Spring applications is 5th February 2024

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A note regarding your email address
The DfE will ask you to use a personal email address on their registration page, rather than a work or university email address that you might lose access to.  

We ask that you please use the same personal email address throughout your NPQ journey with us. This ensures we maintain a seamless connection with you, preventing potential issues caused by changes in school or position, duplicate applications, and minimises the risk of our messages being blocked by school firewalls.

By using a personal email address, you help us stay consistent, accurate, and timely with the information we send your way. If this poses any challenges for you, don't hesitate to let us know and we will make every effort to accommodate.


Your NPQLL Journey

Find a Delivery Partner near you

Our carefully selected network of Delivery Partners deliver our courses across over 21 locations in England, Guernsey and the United Arab Emirates. Some Delivery Partners deliver in more than one region, so please ensure you are able to travel to your chosen local delivery location. 

Please use our interactive map below to see where our partners are based and what courses they are offering. 

Upcoming Key Dates for current NPQLL participants

Spring 2023 NPQLL Cohort

Final Delivery Session
w/c 22 January 2024
Assessment window start
Monday 5th February 2024
Assessment window end
Monday 12th February 2024

Autumn 2023 NPQLL Cohort

Final Delivery Session
w/c 23rd September 2024
Assessment window start
Monday 4th October 2024
Assessment window end
Monday 12th October 2024
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