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National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

New NPQs - NPQ in Leading Primary Mathematics and NPQ for SENCOs


NPQ in Leading Primary Mathematics

This qualification is for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading primary mathematics teaching across a school, key stage or phase.

This course will help you to:

  • embed mastery approaches to teaching maths in your school
  • lead your school to teach maths effectively, working collaboratively with senior leaders and teachers

It could be suitable if you’re a:

  • primary teacher and you’re already familiar with mastery approaches to teaching maths, but you want to improve your leadership skills in this area
  • subject leader in a primary school which is already engaged in the Teaching for Mastery programme or similar programme

The Leading primary mathematics NPQ framework can be found here

Additional information can be found: Leading Primary Mathematics NPQ ( 

Information about funding for NPQLPM can be found by clicking here



In the SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan (SENDAP IP), published in March 2023, the DfE announced the commitment to create a new National Professional Qualification for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (NPQ for SENCOs) to replace the existing National Award for SEN Co-ordination (NASENCo) as the mandatory qualification for this role.

The introduction of the new NPQ for SENCOs will play a key role in improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND by ensuring SENCOs consistently receive high-quality, evidence-based training. This is crucial given the central role SENCOs play in supporting pupils with SEND.

This NPQ will become the mandatory qualification for SENCOs from September 2024, with teaching beginning in Autumn 2024. The three-year window to complete the mandatory qualification upon taking up a SENCO post will remain following the introduction of the NPQ for SENCOs.

Updates on the transition can be read here.

The Special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) NPQ framework can be found here