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National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are designed to support teachers and school leaders to deliver the best outcomes for young people. They have recently been reformed by the Department for Education (DfE), using the best available evidence and research, in collaboration with teachers and leaders. These new NPQs support the professional development of school leaders and teachers at all levels, by providing them with support and training.

Leadership For the North East

Leadership For the North East (L4NE) has been involved in the design and delivery of NPQ programmes since 2015. We were one of the DfE’s original network of 38 accredited providers for the ‘reformed NPQs’. Up to 2021, L4NE operated through St. Bede’s (Lanchester) Teaching School Alliance. During this period, we delivered NPQs to over 450 leaders across the North East and Cumbria. We now operate across the BWCET’s Centre for Teaching and provide bespoke training and professional development support.

Our success in running programmes has been recognised by the Department for Education.

  • The high quality of face-to-face delivery of all NPQ courses
  • The focus on meeting the needs of leaders in the North East of England
  • 100% of facilitation led by current school leaders
  • The high level of care and support that participants receive throughout their programme of study
  • Face to face delivery that ensures personalised care and support for participants
  • The specific focus on the needs of leaders from special school provision
  • Success and retention rates on all our programmes are above the national average
  • From September 2021, we have delivered the new NPQs
  • We have over 140 participants on a range of programmes

The new NPQs include two sets of qualifications:

Leadership NPQs

These are designed for teachers who are already or are aspiring to be school leaders.

Role / Aspiring RoleNational Professional QualificationFurther Information
Senior Leader with cross-school responsibilities:
Develop your leadership knowledge and expertise to improve outcomes for teachers & pupils in your school.
National Professional Qualification for Senior LeadershipNPQSLBrochure
Headteachers / managers of private, voluntary, independent, school-based or maintained nurseries, or childminders with leadership responsibilities
Develop expertise in leading high-quality early-years education and care, as well as effective staff and organisational management.
National Professional Qualification for Early Years LeadershipNPQEYLBrochure
Headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school:
Develop the knowledge that underpins expert school leadership and apply it to become an outstanding headteacher.
National Professional Qualification for Headship NPQHBrochure
Executive headteacher or a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools
Develop the expertise you need to become and outstanding executive leader, leading change and improvement across your group of schools or multi-academy trust.
National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership NPQEL Brochure

Specialist NPQs

The 4 NPQs in specialist areas of teaching have been designed with both classroom teachers and leaders in mind. They are:

Role / Aspiring RoleNational Professional QualificationFurther Information
Leading literacy
Learn how to teach and promote literacy effectively across a school, year group, key stage or phase.
National Professional Qualification for Leading LiteracyNPQLLBrochure
Leading teaching
Learn how to lead teaching and learning of a subject, year group or phase.
National Professional Qualification for Leading TeachingNPQLTBrochure
Leading behaviour and culture
Learn how to create a culture of good behaviour and high expectations in which staff and pupils can thrive.
National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and CultureNPQLBCBrochure
Leading teacher development
Learn how to become a teacher educator and successfully support teachers in your school to expand their skills.
National Professional Qualification for Leading Teacher DevelopmentNPQLTDBrochure

Delivery Model and Costs

ProgrammeSynchronous hoursSelf-studyMentoringProgramme lengthCost
Specialist24 hours36 hours2 hours12 months£795
NPQSL34 hours40 hours2 hours18 months£995
NPQH34 hours40 hours8 hours18 months£1595
NPQEL34 hours36 hours12 hours18 months£2950

Scholarship funding

As part of the Government’s long-term education recovery plan, it was announced in May 2022 that funding for fully funded NPQ training scholarships will be available in academic years 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024.

All 8 NPQs offered by us are fully funded for 2022/23

Targeted Support Funding

From autumn 2022, state-funded schools and state-funded 16 to 19 educational settings with 1 to 600 pupils will be paid £200 for each teacher or leader they employ who takes an NPQ.

This is to help teachers and leaders in smaller settings who may find it harder to engage with professional development.

    • All teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school.
  • NPQH
    • Headteachers in their first two years in role in England.
  • NPQH Additional Support Offer
    • Headteachers in their first two years in role, who work in England upon starting the training and have either completed an NPQH before taking up their first headship or are currently taking the NPQH. If the individual has previously withdrawn from the additional support programme, they will not be eligible for funding.


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