TDT National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

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New, prestigious, nationally recognised qualifications, completely reformed from 2021, to support the professional development of teachers and leaders at all levels, and deliver improved outcomes for young people.

Flexible, blended-learning qualifications for you and your staff,  rooted in the art, the craft and the science of School Improvement through People Development. Our evidence-informed curriculum design connects you to the latest research and best practice, and is delivered in a way that suits the busy working lives of teachers. 

There are four, brand-new Specialist qualifications and career routes for teachers and leaders who want to develop their expertise in specialist areas of teaching practice

Lead the development of other staff in your school, through coaching, mentoring and designing the highest quality CPD programmes through the NPQLTD

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Lead the improvement of pupil wellbeing, create calm classrooms, great pupil behaviour and a warm whole-school culture through the NPQLBC

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Become a skilful and research-informed professional who can lead the improvement of literacy teaching through the NPQLL

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Lead great quality teaching & curriculum, whether in a subject, year-group, key stage or phase through the NPQLT

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And, four completely reformed and new Leadership qualifications for school, early years and system leadership

Gain school-wide, senior leadership responsibilities and bring staff with you on the journey with the NPQSL

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Lead effective, school-wide change through the art, craft and science of people development with the NPQH

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Lead successful improvement and change in your early years setting with the NPQEYL

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Take your leadership to new levels, working across multiple schools with the NPQEL

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Early Headship Coaching Offer

The Early Headship Coaching Offer is a 12-month programme which provides targeted support to new headteachers to help you achieve success while early in the role. It is also available for all those who are within the first five years of their headship when they begin. Find out more.

Apply now for our NPQs starting in February 2023

Please note that applications will close on Tuesday 10th January 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about our NPQs please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page, or email NPQ@tdtrust.org

The Application Process

When applying for an NPQ course with the Teacher Development Trust your application will go through various stages. Full details here:

Being a Sponsor

The NPQ course sponsor provides the NPQ course applicant with support throughout their NPQ course. The sponsor should be the applicant’s direct line manager, usually their head of school or another member of the senior leadership teamFind out more here:

Testimonials from our NPQ facilitators and participants

The course material is utterly brilliant. Such high quality and carefully crafted. The spirit and ethos of TDT is forefront.””

inspirational and purposeful, enjoyable and thought-provoking.
Boy, have TDT got it just right!”

Testimonials from our other courses:

One of the most powerful things about it has been that I feel empowered, by knowledge by understanding and to enact change […] crucially, ensuring a shared purpose with a strong focus on student outcomes must be central, to provide colleagues with the same empowered feeling

Key Areas of Learning

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Effective communication and teamwork

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Leadership clarity & team alignment

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Change management & implementation

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Professional learning & growth

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Self management & awareness

Course Structure & Approach

Our four specialist NPQs have one year of study followed by an assessment period.

Our four leadership NPQs have 18 months of study followed by an assessment period.

All our NPQs are a blend of flexible, high quality, online learning, online discussion, virtual workshops and face to face workshops, for a few hours study each week. This is followed by an assessment window where you will complete a 1500-word case study assessment to demonstrate your understanding of real leadership and change. You will be fully supported throughout by your course leader.

Delivery of our NPQ curriculum is grounded in TDT’s values of:

SMART – we think about what the evidence tells us, but we also really care about how things are done.

HEART – it’s not just taking the evidence base and implementing it any old way, it needs to be done in the right way if you want to have that sustainable impact

HUMBLE – we recognise that there is no single perfect answer to any situation – participants will come from different environments, different schools, different contexts – and we need to understand the limits of what the evidence tells us at times and use our judgement

Key Activities

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Hold a mirror up to your current setting, studying how it works

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Get a window into other types of schools – different phases, specialities, localities

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Courses designed for participants from a variety of backgrounds & schools

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Be properly prepared to deal with the most common real-life leadership
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Learn from detailed interviews with great leaders – not just what they do but how they think

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Experience repeated opportunities to practise real
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Our Delivery Partner Network

Our carefully selected network of 21 Delivery Partners deliver our courses across over 20 locations in England and also in 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 and list of courses below to see where our partners are based and what courses they are offering. Please note, our online NPQ is only available to international participants.

October '22 Cohort
Academy Transformation Trust and The Diocese of Coventry Multi Academy Trust
LBC, LTD, LT, LL, SL, H, EHCO
BTSA
LL, EYL
Church of England
LL
East London Teaching School Hub
SL
Education Durham
LTD, LT, LL, EYL, SL, H, EHCO
LEAD Teaching School Hub
LL
Learners First Schools Partnership
LT, LL, EYL, SL, H
London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)
EYL
London South Teaching School Hub
LBC, LTD, LT, LL, SL, H, EHCO
The National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT)
LTD
Oxfordshire Teaching School Hub
LTD, LT, SL, H
Prince Henry's Teaching School Hub
LBC, LTD, LT, SL, H, EHCO
Teacher Development Trust
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TDT Online (Intl)
SL
Thames South Teaching School Hub
EYL, SL, H, EHCO
The Julian Teaching School Hub
LTD, LT, SL, H
The Shared Learning Trust
LBC, LTD, LT, LL,
TKAT
LBC, LTD, LT, EYL
Tudor Grange Teaching School Hub
LBC, LTD, LT, LL, SL, H, EL, EHCO
UWE Bristol
LTD, LT, LL, EYL
Windsor Academy Trust
LBC, LTD, LT
Zen PD / UAE Research Schools Network
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February '23 Cohort
Academy Transformation Trust and The Diocese of Coventry Multi Academy Trust
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BTSA
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Church of England
LL, EYL
East London Teaching School Hub
LTD, SL
Education Durham
LBC, LT, LL, SL, EHCO
LEAD Teaching School Hub
LL, EYL
Learners First Schools Partnership
LBC, LTD, LT, LL, EYL, SL, H, EL
London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)
EYL
London South Teaching School Hub
LBC, LTD, LT, LL, EYL, SL, H, EHCO
The National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT)
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Oxfordshire Teaching School Hub
LBC, LT, LL, SL, EHCO, EYL
Prince Henry's Teaching School Hub
LBC, LTD, LT, LL, EYL, SL, H, EHCO
Teacher Development Trust
EL
TDT Online (Intl)
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Thames South Teaching School Hub
LBC, LTD, LT, LL
The Julian Teaching School Hub
LBC, LTD, LT, LL, EYL, SL, H, EHCO
The Shared Learning Trust
LBC, LTD, LT, LL, EYL
TKAT
LBC, SL, EHCO
Tudor Grange Teaching School Hub
EYL, SL, H, EHCO
UWE Bristol
LBC, LTD, LT, LL, EYL
Windsor Academy Trust
LBC, LL, SL, H
Zen PD / UAE Research Schools Network
LBC, LTD, LT, SL, H

Funding and Cost Details

TDT NPQs are available for participation for October 2022 and February 2023. Course prices are for 2022/23 academic year

UK Price if not eligible for scholarship
Leading Teacher Development - NPQLTD
£899
Leading Teaching - NPQLT
£899
Leading Behaviour & Culture - NPQLBC
£889
Leading Literacy - NPQLL
£899
Early Years Leadership - NPQEYL
£1,149
Senior Leaders - NPQSL
£1,149
Headteachers - NPQH
£1,899
Executive Leaders -NPQEL
£4,050
Government scholarships - available for staff who meet suitability criteria
Leading Teacher Development - NPQLTD
Fully funded for any staff working in state-funded schools and state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England*
Leading Teaching - NPQLT
Fully funded for any staff working in state-funded schools and state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England*
Leading Behaviour & Culture - NPQLBC
Fully funded for any staff working in state-funded schools and state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England*
Leading Literacy - NPQLL
Fully funded for any staff working in state-funded schools and state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England*
Early Years Leadership - NPQEYL
Fully funded for all staff, qualified to at least level 3, in a local authority nursery in England, in a pre-school class that’s part of a school in England, in a private nursery that is registered with Ofsted or as a childminder or nanny and registered with Ofsted
Senior Leaders - NPQSL
Fully funded for any staff working in state-funded schools and state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England*
Headteachers - NPQH
Fully funded for any staff working in state-funded schools and state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England*
Executive Leaders -NPQEL
Fully funded for any staff working in state-funded schools and state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England*

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