National Professional Qualification in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)

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ForThose responsible for teacher development
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
CostFully Funded for all staff in state-funded schools in England
£889 for all others – more information here

Lead successful teacher progression and development in your school

  • Gain a prestigious, government-backed qualification and make progress in your career
  • Lead the development of other staff in your schools, through coaching, mentoring and designing the highest quality CPD programmes
  • 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, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school

Benefits for you

A ground-breaking new course for those who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school.

Our NPQLTD 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 in supporting initial teacher training, early career teachers as well as the wider development of all colleagues across the school
  • 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 teacher development professional who can lead the golden thread of initial teacher training, early career development and ongoing professional learning
  • 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 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 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.

TDT NPQLTD curriculum outline and delivery model

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 the new, Early Career Framework and effective teaching
  • Designing effective professional development programmes and environments
  • Delivering impactful training including coaching and mentoring
  • Creating effective change and implementation


The course fee is £889. 

This course is fully funded for eligible staff in most state-funded schools in England. Find out more here.

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.



Register your interest for our NPQs starting in October 2022:

Find your local partner

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”

Download our NPQLTD brochure