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A brand new Specialist NPQ ideal for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibility to lead teaching in a subject, year-group, key stage or phase, such as: Lead Practitioner, Senior Leader, Phase Leader, Faculty Leader, Subject Leader, Classroom Teacher


“The NPQLT has had a massive impact on my approach to leadership.”


NPQ for Leading Teaching (NPQLT)

Lead teaching, curriculum and assessment across a team

A ground-breaking new NPQ ideal for those who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibility to lead teaching in a subject, year-group, key stage or phase

  • 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 what makes effective teaching, learning curriculum and assessment
  • 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 what makes effective teaching, learning curriculum and assessment
  • 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 and school leaders
  • 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 a team’s improvement in teaching, learning, curriculum and assessment 
  • Practical capability to get on with the job of developing others with the skills to lead people and teams, creating change and impact
  • A professionally aware and informed leader who can make evidence-based decisions and approach leading teaching 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-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. It will help you to:

  • Understand the evidence underpinning the Early Career Framework, effective teaching and how pupils learn, and how to implement that within classrooms
  • Weaving together curriculum, assessment and adaptive teaching to lead coherent improvement
  • Professionally developing others, creating change and supporting school culture

Click here for full course overview

Funding and Cost

Funding for Autumn 2024 will target those teachers and leaders who work in the most challenging schools or educational settings, serving more disadvantaged communities. 

Scholarship funding to cover the full NPQ course cost will be available to teachers and leaders from: 

  • the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding 
  • 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage 

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 Teaching
Programme Start Date
w/c 4th November for Autumn 2024 cohort
Other Key Dates
Final Delivery Session in September 2025, Assessment Window 1st October 2025 - 13th October 2025
Please see the 'funding' tab above for information and guidance on funding & scholarships. £899 for non-funded applicants.

Express your interest in a TDT NPQ today!

Complete the form below to start your NPQ journey. Once you have submitted the form below, you’ll receive a confirmation email and guidance on how to complete your application.

Please note that we will not be offering the NPQ in Executive Leadership or NPQ Headship Coaching Offer in Autumn 2024. If you are interested in joining an EL or HCO cohort in 2025, please express your interest below and we will be in touch.

Express your interest in a TDT NPQ today!

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A note regarding your email address

We ask that you please use the same personal email address throughout your NPQ journey with us, rather than a work or university email address. 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.

This also enables us to align with the DfE who will also ask you to use a personal email address during the application process.   

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.


Find a Delivery Partner near you

Our carefully selected network of Delivery Partners deliver our courses across over 21 locations across England 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 NPQLT participants

Autumn 2023 NPQLT Cohort

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

Spring 2024 NPQLT Cohort

Final Delivery Session
w/c 20th January 2025
Assessment window start
3rd February 2025
Assessment window end
10th February 2025