National Professional Qualifications

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

Kent Teaching School Hub, in partnership with Ambition Institute and the Church of England, are pleased to offer the full new national professional qualifications (NPQ) suite for the academic year 2021-2022. Applications for NPQs are now open for those wishing to start their NPQ in November 2021.

For full details of the funding available for all NPQs please click here or download our information pack here.

As announced on the 12th October 2021, all NPQs for this academic year will be free. This means that they will be free of charge to all those who have a Teacher
Reference number (TRN) and who are currently employed in state-maintained schools (including 16-19 & state maintained nursery provision).

There is no cap on how many can complete a NPQ per institution. So, for example, a school could have its entire ‘middle leadership’ team of phase leads/year managers/subject leads completing an NPQ. Those working in a MAT central team can also apply; as long as they have a TRN.

To register your interest contact us and we will send you all you need to apply: [email protected] To start in November you will need to apply by 17th October for all the NPQs we are providing in partnership with the Ambition Institute and by 18th October for the NPQH we are providing in partnership with the Church of England.

The new NPQs build on the Early Career Framework and offer an opportunity for leadership development at all levels. They support the golden thread of teacher learning that runs through from initial training and early career development all the way through to headteacher and executive leadership. The new NPQ frameworks have been developed by looking at a wide evidence base, are accredited by the DfE and approved by the Education Endowment Foundation. They utilise the best evidence on the most effective approaches to teaching and school leadership.

There are now two types of NPQ:

  1. Specialist NPQs are aimed at teacher who have, or aspire to have, responsibilities for leading teaching (NPQLT), leading behaviour & culture (NPQLBC) or leading teacher development (NPQLTD). These specialist NPQs replace what was previously known as the NPQML and take twelve months to complete. At the end of the programme there is a three month assessment window to complete an ‘open book’ style assessment.
  2. Leadership NPQs are aimed at those who aspire to be or who are senior leaders (NPQSL), headteachers or heads of school (NPQH) and executive headteachers (NPQEL). These qualifications have been completely reformed. They pay much less attention to generic management and leadership styles and are focused on participants understanding the professional knowledge required to lead schools effectively. They take eighteen months to complete with a three month assessment window at the end of the course.

Funding for NPQs:

The Department for Education are providing £184million funding to help schools access these new qualifications. Every state funded school should be able to send at least one teacher, for free, for the NPQ leading teacher development (NPQLTD). Any headteacher can access the NPQH for free if they began their headship anytime from September 2019 onwards. For full details of the funding available for all NPQs please click here or download our information pack here.

For teachers and school leaders who wish to develop their expertise in a specialist area of teaching practice. These 12 month courses are delivered by the Kent Teaching School Hub team in partnership with Ambition Institute.

National Professional Qualification For Leading Teaching (NPQLT):

For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase. Explore effective teaching practice and how it can be applied across a range of subjects to become a leader of teaching

National Professional Qualification For Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC):

For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school. Learn evidence-based practices in behaviour management and create a school-wide culture where staff and pupils can thrive.

National Professional Qualification For Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD):

For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school. Gain the knowledge to become a teacher educator and successfully support teachers in your school to expand their skills. This NPQ is fully funded for all schools.

For more information please contact us.

For existing or aspiring school leaders, these reformed 18 month NPQs focus on what the best available evidence tells us about the domain knowledge and skills needed for effective leadership.

National Professional Qualification Senior Leadership (NPQSL): This 18-month programme helps you develop your leadership knowledge and expertise to improve outcomes for teachers and pupils in your school. This is for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.

National Professional Qualification Headship (NPQH): Within 18 months, you will develop the knowledge the underpins expert school leadership and apply it to become an outstanding headteacher. This is for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school. We have two NPQH course offers: one with the Ambition Institute and one with the Church of England.

National Professional Qualification Executive Leadership (NPQEL):  In 18 months, you will develop the expertise you need to become an outstanding executive leader, leading change and improvement across your group of schools or multi-academy trust. This is for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher or have a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools.

For more information or to apply please contact us.

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