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National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

NPQLTD - Leading Teacher Development

NPQLTD: Leading Teacher Development 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.


All NPQs are taught through a blended balance of online individual learning, online seminars and face-to-face meetings and a simplified end-of-course assessment. There are two cohorts annually, starting in Autumn and Spring. This programme lasts for 12 months.


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 and complete a final assessment.


Scholarship funding to cover the full NPQ course cost will be available to teachers and leaders from: 

  • the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding 
  • 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage 

ITT Lead Mentors will continue to be in scope for scholarship funding for the NPQ for Leading Teacher Development for the Autumn 2024 cohort. This includes ITT Lead Mentors working in non-school settings and in school settings that are not eligible for funding for other NPQs. To be eligible, the applicant must hold the role of ITT Lead Mentor and work with an accredited ITT Provider.

​​​​​​​Please see the 'NPQ Scholarship Funding for Autumn 2024' tab.