TDT National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

Develop > Qualify > Progress

Flexible, blended-learning qualifications for you and your staff, rooted in the art, the craft and the science of School Improvement through People Development

Three, brand-new specialist qualifications and career routes:

Leading Teacher Development

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

Leading Teaching (& Curriculum)

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

Leading Behaviour & Culture

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

Three leadership qualifications for school and system leadership:

Senior Leader

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


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

Executive Leader

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

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Testimonials from our other courses:

The course had a huge impact on my professional life this year […] it reignited my desire to learn in an academic sense”

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

Effective communication and teamwork

Leadership clarity & team alignment

Change management & implementation

Professional learning & growth

Self management & awareness

Course Structure & Approach

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

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

Our flexible study approach is underpinned by high quality, web-based self-study with plenty of online discussion with your peers and support from your course leader.

Key Activities

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

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

Courses designed for participants from a variety of backgrounds & schools

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

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

Experience repeated opportunities to practise real change and implementation

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Pricing Details

TDT NPQs will be available for schools and individuals to purchase, for participation from Autumn 2021. For some state-maintained schools, there will be Department for Education (DfE) scholarship funding available.


We will be publishing more information about eligibility for scholarships shortly.

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

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Lowering teacher stress through CPD & teamwork

Lowering teacher stress through CPD & teamwork

Dr Sam Sims has just joined the Teacher Development Trust as our new Research Advisor. He writes for us here on some exclusive new research findings from the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey. TDT’s Culture of Improvement working paper shows the...

TDT selected as a national NPQ Lead Provider

TDT selected as a national NPQ Lead Provider

Wednesday, 31st March 2020 We are delighted to announce that the Teacher Development Trust has been appointed by the Department for Education in England to be a new Lead Provider for the new suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) for school leadership....