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National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

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Teachers and school leaders across the region can now access a comprehensive new suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) FREE OF CHARGE.

Red Kite Teaching School Hub – a unique collaboration of strategic partners from across North and West Yorkshire – is delivering a comprehensive NPQ programme in partnership with Teach First.

The programme represents the most widely recognised set of qualifications in the education sector for current and aspiring leaders. It is designed to fit in with the day-to-day realities of supporting teacher development and is structured to help teachers to integrate theory, practice and feedback, minimising time out of the classroom.


Our NPQ programmes are facilitated by trusted leaders – all of them currently working in local schools – from a wide range of partners to reflect the diversity of schools across the region: urban and rural, academies and maintained schools, faith and community schools, primary, secondary and special schools. It means that the programme will always be sensitive to local schools’ context and circumstances, allowing teachers to translate course content into their individual settings.

All of the course materials are evidence-led and specifically aimed at broadening teachers’ specialist expertise and leadership capabilities. Course lengths vary from 12-18 months depending on the subject area, but all are divided into bite-size learning modules and self-study sessions that allow teachers to learn at their own pace.

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Teachers can hone their existing skills or prepare themselves for future leadership roles through eight locally-delivered NPQ programmes:

  • Leading Teaching (NPQLT)
  • Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)
  • Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)
  • Leading Literacy (NPQLL)
  • Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)
  • Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
  • Headship (NPQH)
  • Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

Each programme includes:

  • Evidence-based online content to refresh and build knowledge
  • Formative assessment tasks to support learning
  • Face-to-face seminars with a group of peers, facilitated by an expert leader or Teach First Development Lead
  • The opportunity to record reflections and consolidate learning
  • School visits and conferences

We will run NPQ cohorts in October 2022 and February 2023

To apply for an NPQ in 2022-23, please click here

You will also need to register on the DfE portal


Our next HubTalk will run through all you need to know about NPQs and the application process. Join us on Thursday 15th September.

NPQ in Leading Teaching (NPQLT)

NPQ in Leading Teaching

Who is it for?
Teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

What will I learn?
You’ll develop the knowledge, skills and expertise to lead high-quality teaching and curriculum development in your context.

Modules include:

  • School culture
  • How pupils learn
  • Subject and curriculum
  • Classroom practice
  • Adaptive teaching
  • Assessment
  • Professional development
  • Implementation

Designed with busy teachers in mind, the NPQLT is delivered over 12 months using a blend of online seminars, flexible online learning and 2 conferences.


For further details please click here

To apply for an NPQ in 2022-23, please click here

NPQ in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)

NPQ in Leading Teacher Development

Who is it for?
Teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school. They may have responsibilities for the development of all teachers across a school or specifically trainees or teachers who are early in
their career.

What will I learn?
You’ll develop the knowledge, skills and expertise to lead the development of teachers, including sequencing and structuring professional development and effective coaching and mentoring.

Modules include:

  • Teaching
  • Designing professional development
  • Delivering professional development
  • Implementation

Designed with busy teachers in mind, the NPQLTD is delivered over 12 months using a blend of online seminars, flexible online learning and 2 conferences.

For further details please click here

To apply for an NPQ in 2022-23, please click here

NPQ in Leading Literacy (NPQLL)

NPQ in Leading Literacy

Who is it for?
Participants who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibility for leading Literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase.

What will I learn?
You’ll develop the knowledge, skills and expertise to lead effective approaches to developing literacy and supporting children’s reading and writing at all stages. This will include leading and developing others to improve children’s literacy.

Modules include:

  • Teaching
  • Developing Language
  • Developing Reading
  • Developing Writing
  • Professional Development
  • Implementation

Designed with busy teachers in mind, the NPQLL is delivered over 12 months using a blend of online seminars, flexible online learning and 2 conferences.

For further details please click here

To apply for an NPQ in 2022-23, please click here

NPQ in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)

NPQ in Early Years Leadership

Who is it for?
Participants qualified to at least level 3 with a full and relevant qualification who are, or are aspiring to be, managers of Private, Voluntary and Independent nurseries, headteachers of school-based or maintained nurseries, or childminders with leadership responsibilities.

What will I learn?
You’ll develop expertise in the knowledge, skills and concepts for leading an Early Years setting. These include best practice around child development and additional and specialist educational needs, as well as culture, organisational management and partnerships you may make as the leader of an Early Years setting. Our content is informed by the best and most recent evidence and developed with input from serving leaders and subject matter experts.

Our programmes have a practical focus. You’ll be supported to make small but important changes to your and others’ practice throughout the programme. This will conclude with the implementation module and practical implementation cycle of the programme.

Modules include:

  • Culture
  • Child development, Curriculum and Assessment
  • Additional and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Professional Development
  • Organisational Management
  • Implementation
  • Working in partnership

Designed with busy leaders in mind, the NPQEYL is delivered over 18 months using a blend of online seminars, flexible online learning and 2 conferences.

For further details please click here

To apply for an NPQ in 2022-23, please click here

NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

NPQ in Senior Leadership

Who is it for?
School leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.

What will I learn?
You’ll develop expertise in the knowledge, skills and concepts for areas of cross- and whole-school responsibility related to your role.

Modules include:

  • Teaching
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Behaviour
  • Additional and special needs
  • Professional development
  • Organisational management
  • Implementation
  • Working in partnership
  • Governance and accountability

Designed with busy teachers in mind, the NPQSL is delivered over 18 months using a blend of online seminars, flexible online learning and 2 conferences.

For further details please click here

To apply for an NPQ in 2022-23, please click here

NPQ in Headship (NPQH)

NPQ in Headship

Who is it for?
School leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.

What will I learn?
You’ll develop expertise in the knowledge, skills and concepts for areas of whole-school responsibility related to your role as an aspiring or current headteacher.

Modules include:

  • School culture
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Behaviour
  • Additional and special needs
  • Professional development
  • Organisational management
  • Implementation
  • Working in partnership
  • Governance and accountability

Designed with busy school leaders in mind, the NPQH is delivered over 18 months using a blend of online seminars, flexible online learning and 2 conferences.

For further details please click here

To apply for an NPQ in 2022-23, please click here

NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

NPQ in Executive Leadership

Who is it 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.

What will I learn?
You’ll develop expertise in the knowledge, skills and concepts for areas of trust-level responsibility related to your role.

Modules include:

  • Trust culture
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Behaviour
  • Additional and special needs
  • Professional development
  • Organisational management
  • Implementation
  • Working in partnership
  • Governance and accountability

Designed with busy school leaders in mind, the NPQEL is delivered over 18 months using a blend of online seminars, flexible online learning and conferences.

For further details please click here

To apply for an NPQ in 2022-23, please click here

NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)

NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)

Who is it for?

This qualification is for teachers and school leaders who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.

What will I learn?

You'll develop the knowledge, skills and expertise to lead effective approaches to behaviour, pupil wellbeing and a whole-school culture.

Modules include:

  • Teaching
  • School culture
  • Enabling conditions for good behaviour
  • Complex behavioural needs
  • Professional development
  • Implementation

Designed with busy teachers in mind, the NPQLBC is delivered over 12 months using a blend of online seminars, flexible online learning and 2 conferences.

For further details click here

To apply for an NPQ in 2022-23, please click here

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