Reformed National Professional Qualifications

for Teachers and School Leaders



From September 2021, a reformed suite of NPQs is available to teachers and leaders. The reformed suite of qualifications includes a number of improvements and additions.

We are pleased to announce that ConnectEd Partnership are working together with Best Practice Network/Outstanding Leaders Partnership to deliver the reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

From September 2021, the reformed NPQs will offer teachers and leaders clearer development opportunities and career progression. These qualifications will build on key areas of the Early Career Framework (ECF), allowing for further specialisation and development of expertise and help prepare teachers and leaders for the next step in their careers.

The reformed qualifications aim to:

  • help teachers hone and develop the skills they already have, helping them to become more effective leaders inside and outside the classroom and improving overall teaching quality
  • retain high-calibre teachers by offering clearer development opportunities and career progression

How are the NPQs being reformed?

To best address the broad range of responsibilities of current and aspiring middle leaders, the Middle Leadership NPQ has been replaced with three new specialist NPQs for teachers and leaders who want to develop their expertise in specialist areas of teaching practice.

Specialist NPQs:

• National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching (NPQLT)
• National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)
• National Professional Qualification for Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)

The reformed suite of  Leadership NPQs:

• National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
• National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
• National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

For full information about  each programme and how to apply, please click on the buttons below.

Full details of the NPQ programme can be viewed here.

An NPQ webinar can be downloaded here.

Specialist NPQs

NPQ for Leading Teaching (NPQLT)

Who is it for?
Colleagues with at least 3 years teaching experience. NPQLT is suitable for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

NPQLT Programme Information

NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)

Who is it for?
Colleagues with at least 3 years teaching experience. NPQLBC is for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.

NPQLBC Programme Information


NPQ for Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)

Who is it for?
Colleagues with at least 3 years teaching experience. NPQLTD is 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.

NPQLTD Programme Information


Leadership NPQs

NPQ for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

Who is it for?
NPQSL is suitable for senior leaders with cross-school responsibilities, for example, an experienced middle leader, a deputy head, a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO), an advanced skills teacher or a senior member of staff.

NPQSL Programme Information


NPQ for Headship (NPQH)

Who is it for?
NPQH is suitable for those who have recently been made headteachers or who are highly motivated to become headteachers, and no more than 18 months from applying for headship.

 NPQH Programme Information


NPQ for Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

Who is it for?
Colleagues who have been a headteacher for 3 years. NPQEL is suitable for colleagues aspiring to, or already in, leadership roles across more than one school. This includes headteachers, executive headteachers and directors of school improvement.

NPQEL Programme Information


Application Process

The application window for September 2021 is NOW OPEN.

The online registration forms are linked via an ‘Apply Now’ button found on the right side of each of the individual programme pages on our website

In order to access NPQ training provided locally with ConnectEd Partnership, please ensure you select our name from the dropdown list of delivery partners (Teaching School Hubs, MATs, Diocese, former TSAs, other school groups) within the application form.

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