Experienced Teachers & Middle Leaders

Experienced Teachers & Middle Leaders

The Reformed National Professional Qualifications Introduction

12.10.2021 DfE Announcement

Teachers and leaders employed in state funded schools and state funded organisations that offer 16 19 places in  England will be able to access a

FULLY FUNDED NPQ from Autumn 2021


NPQ Funding Eligibility leaflet

The first cohort will start in November 2021

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are a national, voluntary suite of qualifications designed to support the professional development of teachers and leaders.

The reformed NPQs offer the best possible support to teachers and leaders wanting to expand their knowledge and skills.

The frameworks continue the robust method of design and development, building on the evidence base and expert guidance already established in the ECF and the ITT Core Content Framework.

NPQs complete a golden thread, running from initial teacher training through to school leadership.

NPQ Programme Prospectus 2021-22

Leaders Apprenticeships Levy and NPQs explained

NPQs – what is changing in 2021/22?

Middle Leadership

Current Arrangement From September 2021
Qualification type NPQ Middle Leadership (NPQML) 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.
Assessment For each NPQ, there are defined tasks setting out how a participant must be assessed. NPQs currently include a school improvement project lasting a minimum of two terms. Throughout the projects, participants will need to demonstrate their competence through an assessment linked to the knowledge and skills set out in the 6 content areas. The assessment process has been refreshed to reduce the workload burden on teachers while still providing an opportunity for them to apply their knowledge. To pass an NPQ, teachers will need to engage with at least 90% of the course (exact requirements to be determined by the provider) and complete a final assessment. At the start of their training, providers must provide teachers with a complete list of course elements that will count towards participation metrics and set out how participation in those elements will be measured. The final assessment will take the form of a case study and represent a likely situation to be faced by a teacher at the relevant NPQ qualification level or role. It will teachers on a variety of ‘learn that’ and ‘learn how to’ statements from within the relevant NPQ Content Framework. Teachers will be allowed an eight-day calendar window to provide a written response to the case study in an ‘open book’ setting.

NPQ Explainer Video 2021