TDT National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

Develop > Qualify > Progress

TDT NPQ applications now open graphic

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

Find out more

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

Find out more

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

Find out more

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

Find out more

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

Find out more

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

Find out more

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

Find out more

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

Find out more

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 October 2022 or February 2023

Interested in facilitating our NPQs? Find out more about facilitation for TDT.

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

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

alt=""

Effective communication and teamwork

alt=""

Leadership clarity & team alignment

alt=""

Change management & implementation

alt=""

Professional learning & growth

alt=""

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

alt=""

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

alt=""

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

alt=""

Courses designed for participants from a variety of backgrounds & schools

alt=""

Be properly prepared to deal with the most common real-life leadership
challenges

alt=""

Learn from detailed interviews with great leaders – not just what they do but how they think

alt=""

Experience repeated opportunities to practise real
change
and
implementation

Our Delivery Partner Network

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

About Us

The Teacher Development is the national charity for effective professional development in schools and colleges. Founded in 2012 by teachers and school leaders, our mission is powerful professional development in every school & college so that teachers thrive and children succeed.

Our work and evidence base

Read about the research that underpins our work, plus our track record.

Newsletters

Sign up to our monthly intelligence briefing for everyone interested in professional learning

Events and conferences

Explore our forthcoming catalogue of conferences

Our Blog

National Thank A Teacher Day 2022, 26th May 2022

National Thank A Teacher Day 2022, 26th May 2022

For National Thank A Teacher Day 2022, TDT's Head of Partnerships, Ejike Agubor thanks an inspirational teacher. The trombone. What a brilliant musical instrument. It has such a unique sound, and to think I would never have discovered it had it not been for the...

National Thank A Teacher Day 2022, 26th May 2022

National Thank A Teacher Day 2022, 26th May 2022

For National Thank A Teacher Day 2022, TDT Expert Advisor, Kat Howard gives her gratitude to a wonderful teacher. I think we spend a great deal of time during childhood figuring out how we are the same and how we are different from one another and I was no exception....

National Thank A Teacher Day 2022, 26th May 2022

National Thank A Teacher Day 2022, 26th May 2022

National Thank A Teacher Day 2022 is on Thursday 26th May. TDT's Director of Education, Gareth Conyard gives thanks to an inspirational teacher. Mr Walker was THAT teacher for me. The one we all remember. The one that transformed the way that I thought about myself...