National Professional Qualifications

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

The decision to fully fund these vital professional development courses has been prompted by the disruption to learning caused by COVID-19 and applies to anyone employed in state-funded schools and state-funded organisations that offer 16-19 places in England.

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 will be 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.

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

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

And from Autumn 2022 two new qualifications will be available in Leading Literacy (NPQLL) and Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL).

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

Applications for the next round of NPQ programmes starting in February 2022 will close on Friday 7th January 2022.

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, please click here

NPQLBC

NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture

Who is it for?
Teachers and pastoral staff without QTS, who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for supporting pupil wellbeing and/or leading behaviour 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 please click here

To apply, please click here

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, please click here

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, please click here

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, please click here

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.

To apply, please click here