We are pleased to be working in partnership with Education Development Trust to offer the full suite of the new National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)
The new NPQs are designed to support the professional development of all teachers and school/trust leaders.
- They create a” golden thread” of learning from Initial Teacher Training right through to NPQEL.
- There are three new specialists NPQs which allow the teacher to start to specialise in a particular area.
- The figure shows the main thread and the development
How to apply? Schools looking to apply should explore information about the right training pathways – we hope the information below will help in this process. When applicants are ready, they can apply through the DfE’s registration portal and confirm their expression of interest with EDT:
Step 1: DfE Registration Portal – REGISTER HERE
Step 2: Education Development Trust – EXPRESS INTEREST HERE
What are the three specialist NPQs?
- NPQ Leading Teacher Development: supporting the training and development of others, including early career teachers;
- NPQ Leading Teaching: developing teachers who are subject leads or responsible for improving teaching practice in a subject or phase;
- NPQ Leading Behaviour and Culture: developing teachers who have responsibilities for leading behaviour and culture.
We want to find out more – what are our next steps as a school?
Please find below a range of Frequently Asked Questions. As the DfE are currently rolling out the programmes for onboarding in the Autumn term, we are updating this section with current information frequently.
We encourage schools who would like to work with us for NPQ training to get in touch with our leadership team or sign up to our bulletin for further information.
Read responses to our most frequently asked questions below;
How are the NPQs structured?
They been designed to ensure they support all pupils to succeed in both mainstream and specialist settings, across the full age range. There is a particular focus on ‘learn how to’ and “learn that”.
Has the assessment process changed for the new NPQs?
Yes, the assessment process for NPQs has been refreshed to reduce the workload burden on participants while still providing an opportunity for them to apply their knowledge. To pass the courses, participants will need to engage with at least 90% of the course and pass one summative assessment. The summative assessment will take the form of a case study, which is a minimum of 2,000 words in length. This assessment will represent a likely situation to be faced by a participant at the relevant NPQ qualification level or role.
What is the Additional Support Offer for New Head Teachers?
This is for new head teachers who are in their first two years in role. This is a targeted package of support tailored to the needs of participants new to the role of headship when they are at their least experienced and most at risk of leaving the profession. This support may include structured, unassessed face to face support based on the best available evidence about what makes an effective head teacher. This may include but is not limited to group coaching and expert-led one to one conversations.
What is the duration of each of the NPQ courses?
The table below outlines the course duration for each of the NPQs. Each of the NPQs will then have one summative assessment which must be marked and moderated within the 3-month window.
How are the NPQs structured?
What are the dates for the assessments?
Summative assessments must be delivered during three month windows and currently these are outlined to:
- Specialist NPQs: 1st Sept – 30th Nov & 1st Feb – 30th April.
- Leadership NPQs: 1st March – 31st May & 1st Aug – 31st Oct.
How long do I have to complete the assessment?
Participants are allowed an eight-calendar day window to provide a written response of a maximum of 1,500 words for the case study in an open book setting. Moderated outcomes will be communicated within three months of submission.
What is the Scholarship criteria for DfE funded training?
Full funding for all teachers accessing the NPQ for Leading Teacher Development, who are employed by an Eligible School in England
- Full funding for all head teachers accessing the NPQ for Headship, who are employed by an Eligible School in England during their first two years in role
- For all NPQs (Specialist and Leadership), targeted funding will be provided for teachers employed by an Eligible School in England, that is within the top 30th percentile in relation to pupils on Pupil Premium, as of the end of the previous academic year
What are the costs if my school is not eligible for the scholarship?
SENDCos play an integral role to our leadership structures and we are pleased to sign post two local providers. The National Award is available to SENCOs and aspiring SENCOs from any school or educational setting in the UK and completed within three years of appointment.
This statutory national award which will develop the professional attributes essential in the role, and improve knowledge, skills and understanding to enable SENDCos to carry out their role effectively and with confidence.