National Professional Qualification for Leading Literacy (NPQLL)

National professional qualification for leading literacy
ForA brand new qualification 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
Length12 months
Study Time40hrs online study; three 4-hour in-person sessions; three 1.5hr national webinars; six 1.5hr local webinars; three 1.5hr case studies
Programme Start OptionsOctober 2022 or February 2023
CostFully funded for all staff in state-funded schools and state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England
£899 for all others – more information here

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 workshops 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

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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

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

The course fee is £899 for all others – more information here

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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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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.

Apply now for our NPQs starting in October 2022:

Please note that applications for our October 2022 NPQs will close on Wednesday 28th September. You can continue to apply for the February 2023 NPQs as normal.

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Key Dates

Autumn 2022 Cohorts

QualificationStart DateFinal Delivery SessionAssessment window startAssessment window end
NPQLL17th October 2022w/c 18th September 2023Monday 2nd October 2023Monday 9th October 2023

National Seminars

National Seminar 1Thursday 20th October 2022 (3.30pm -5pm)
National Seminar 2Monday 23rd January 2023 (3.30pm – 5pm)
National Seminar 3Wednesday 3rd May 2023 (3.30pm – 5pm)

Spring 2023 Cohorts

QualificationStart DateFinal Delivery SessionAssessment window startAssessment window end
NPQLLMonday 6th February 2023w/c 22nd January 2024Monday 5th February 2024Monday 12th February 2024
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