We’re pleased to announce that we are partnering with education charity Ambition Institute to deliver the NPQ in Leading Teaching.

Why this programme?

In 12 months, you will discover what outstanding teaching looks like and use this knowledge to become a high performing leader of teaching.

  • One of a series of new, specialist NPQs
  • Gain an NPQ for Leading Teaching accreditation
  • Become an excellent leader of teaching
  • Flexible learning to suit your timetable

Ambition Institute has designed this ground-breaking NPQ to help you develop the knowledge and understanding of what excellent classroom teaching looks like.

Ambition’s 'little and often' approach uses the latest evidence to help you put your learning into practice in your school setting. You will train alongside other teachers with similar responsibilities, with content focusing on the key challenges you face in your role.

With no project work and minimal time out of school, the new NPQs are designed to fit around your busy timetable.

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Excel as a teacher

Delve into the nuts and bolts of what makes an effective teacher, what good teaching looks like, and how you can lead others and they can learn from you.


Build on existing experience

This programme helps you to unpack and apply learning in teaching, curriculum and assessment – and to support others to develop in these areas. That’s whether you are a classroom teacher keen to develop your knowledge or a head of department wanting to maximise your impact.


Invest in your future

Ongoing professional development helps you to grow and thrive as a teacher. You will follow an evidence-based framework and gain a professional accreditation at the end of the programme.


Train to your timetable

This programme is designed to fit around your teaching role and much of the work can be completed in bite-size chunks around your existing work timetable.


Connect with your peers

You will train alongside other teachers from similar school contexts. You can share your experiences and build a strong support network.

Create a ‘golden thread’

The new NPQs are all aligned. So, no matter what career stage your teachers are at, by joining this programme, they will benefit from an evidence-based framework. They will also share a common language with other NPQ participants that they can pass on to colleagues.


Access the latest learning

Teachers will bring evidence-based teaching and learning into classrooms, meaning high quality teaching and improved pupil outcomes.


Identify future leaders

Competent and confident teachers who excel in their roles will be more likely to apply for middle or senior positions in your school when they arise.


Retain your teaching talent

By allowing teachers to develop and nurture their talents in specialist areas you are investing in their future. This will boost their confidence, making them feel supported and less likely to apply for jobs elsewhere.


Tap into a network

Your teachers will train alongside peers from other schools with similar contexts, supported by facilitators that fully understands your needs.


What you'll learn This programme follows the Department for Education’s National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Teaching Framework.

On this programme, you will learn how to: explain important ideas about the science of learning understand what good teaching practice is and how to implement it support colleagues to design a broad and coherent curriculum plan effective lessons and stimulate your pupils’ thinking help colleagues adapt their teaching to different needs contribute to the design of school assessment systems align your professional development with wider school improvement priorities.
Note: programme content is subject to change.

How you'll learn The content is delivered through blended learning. This includes a mix of real-time interactive sessions, face-to-face training, peer-led sessions and self-guided modules you complete in your own time.
Note: programme content is subject to change.

The assessment window starts at the end of the 12-month programme and runs for three months. During this time, participants will be given an eight-day window to sit an ‘open book’ style assessment in which they respond to a short case study.

There are two assessment windows every year, and participants can sit the assessment two times, if they need to.
You need to complete the course to qualify for the NPQ accreditation.

Ambition Institute will offer a webinar and live clinic in advance of the assessment window to support participants.

Find Out More & Apply

To apply, you must be a teacher who has, or is aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

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