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National Professional Qualifications

Click here for our simple flyer on how to apply for the new reformed NPQs 

Complete our expression of interest form if you would like to speak to someone about these qualifications: Click here

Chiltern Teaching School Hub is pleased to be working with Best Practice Network and UCL to deliver the full suite of NPQs


What are National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)?
National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are trusted, transferable qualifications accredited by the Department for Education. They are designed to help you hone and develop the skills you already have, helping you become a more effective leader inside and outside the classroom.

How are NPQs being reformed?
From September 2021, reformed National Professional Qualifications (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.

NPQs in specialist areas of teaching
The 4 NPQs are:

  • leading teacher development: supporting the training and development of others
  • leading teaching: developing teachers who are subject leads or responsible for improving teaching practice in a subject or phase
  • leading behaviour and culture: developing teachers who have responsibilities for leading behaviour and culture 
  • leading literacy: developing teachers who hold responsibility for leading literacy in a school

NPQs in Leadership

  • Early Years Leadership
  • Senior Leadership
  • Headship
  • Executive Leadership


To apply for Best Practice Network NPQs visit:


If you do not have a TRN number and wish to apply for an NPQ then please click here for guidance.



Find out more about all NPQs: