National Professional Qualification
for Leading Teaching (NPQLT)

For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

Deepen your understanding of pedagogy and the science of learning

Awards 30 Master's Credits

Develop the skills to help colleagues plan effective lessons

Remote Online Delivery to International Schools

National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Teaching

NPQLT gives participants all of the essential knowledge, skills and concepts that underpin the successful leadership of teaching. Participants will cover ‘learn that’ and ‘learn how to’ statements in nine areas:

    • 1 – Teaching
    • 2 – School Culture
    • 3 – How Pupils Learn
    • 4 – Subject and Curriculum
    • 5 – Classroom Practice
    • 6 – Adaptive Teaching
    • 7 – Assessment
    • 8 – Professional Development
    • 9 – Implementation
  • See NPQLT Framework tab for full programme content.

What are the benefits?

The fully blended learning approach combined with performance coaching and enrichment activities make this an exciting and valuable opportunity for those who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

The NPQLT qualification is aligned to Masters credits and can act as a springboard on to Liverpool Hope University’s MA in Leading in Education or the MBA in Educational Leadership.

Benefits for Participants

  • Become adept at supporting effective teaching across school
  • Develop expertise across a number of specialist areas related to their role (e.g. curriculum and assessment)
  • Purpose-built virtual learning environment enabled for mobiles and tablets
  • Guaranteed support to pass the final assessment
  • Content contextualised for your locality and updated to reflect national developments and legislation
  • Facilitation and support from serving school leaders in outstanding schools and delivery at local venues

Benefits for Schools

    • Regular progress updates for mentors and headteachers
    • Support succession of school leaders and build a cohesive, impact-focused school leadership team
    • A professionally aware and informed leader who can make evidence-based decisions and approach the leading of teaching in an effective and efficient manner
    • The ability to review and evaluate practice in order to bring about change and get the best outcomes for young people and staff within the organisation 

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) for International Schools

Outstanding Leaders Partnership began delivering National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) to international schools in 2018. Since then, thousands of international schools colleagues have completed our prestigious qualifications, helping them to become more effective school leaders.

The majority of our international NPQ candidates complete the qualifications through our remote online delivery model where the face-to-face elements are delivered via interactive facilitated webinars. International face-to-face NPQ delivery is also available, please contact us for your nearest group. If you would like to host NPQs in your school or schools group then please visit our partnerships page.

Remote Online Delivery for International Schools

For colleagues working in international schools, we are able to deliver the National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching (NPQLT) entirely online.

Participants access the qualification resources through our award winning Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas, where they engage with international schools colleagues from around the world to discuss the resources and collaborate to complete the various tasks.

NPQLT candidates will attend 3 face-to-face events if they choose to complete the programme via the blended delivery model. Our international delivery network allows us to bring face-to-face training to a school near you and facilitated by local school leaders (please contact us for international locations).

Candidates access online learning and support via our virtual learning environment (VLE) Canvas. Through Canvas, candidates are able to engage with their peers, access multimedia content and submit work for assessment.

Online-only Delivery Model

NPQLT candidates can choose to complete the programme via our online delivery model. This delivery model replaces the face-to-face events with facilitated webinars as well as extra tutor support and study packs.

NPQLT Qualification Structure

NPQLT Framework

The DfE’s NPQLT framework is based on a robust method of design and development, building on the evidence base and expert guidance already established in the ECF and the ITT Core Content Framework. The NPQ frameworks reflect the Teachers’ Standards and Headteachers' Standards to ensure coherency with the requirements already used by the teaching profession.

Please see the NPQLTD Framework below. If your computer or device does not support the Adobe plugin you can download the framework pdf here.

Who is this for?

National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching (NPQLT) – for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

Leading teaching is complex and professionals looking to lead teaching need to have a deep understanding of their context, community and the pupils and adults they work with. They also need to have expertise across a number of specialist areas related to their role (e.g. curriculum and assessment) and in approaches that, through working with their colleagues, enable their school to keep improving (e.g. professional development and implementation).

Leading teaching requires an understanding of the relationship between the different specialist areas, how they can change over time and how to contribute to a culture and conditions in which staff and pupils are able to thrive, all while maintaining the highest professional conduct as set out in the Teachers’ Standards.


To be eligible for the NPQ, applicants must:

  • Have full support from their school/organisation. A head teacher, member of the SLT, line manager or Chair of Governors (or similar authoritative role) must confirm their support and that all information submitted is true and correct. This is a Department for Education mandatory requirement.


Outstanding Leaders Partnership require that applicants should also be able to demonstrate:

  • QTS and/or QTLS and/or a Level 5 (or higher) qualification in any subject, and/or an international equivalent
  • Either 2 full years’ experience of teaching following achieving QTS/QTLS


  • 2 full years’ experience in current role following completion of Level 5 (or equivalent) qualification if in a non-teaching/pastoral role
  • Aspiration / have responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase

If you would like to discuss the above criteria or believe you are suitable but do not suit all criteria, please do contact us at  

What does it cost?

NPQLT International costs £1250 plus VAT where applicable. VAT is chargeable on courses funded by private individuals.

Next Steps

Applications are now open for the Autumn 2022 NPQ Intake. 

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