National Professional Qualification (NPQs) 

The new specialist and leadership programmes will launch in September 2021 and, internationally, will be available from January 2022. Information on how to apply will be available in May.

Infinite Learning is proud to continue its long-term collaboration with UCL Institute of Education in the delivery of the the prestigious National Professional Qualifications (NPQs). UCL Institute of Education has been designated as a DfE approved provider for the new suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQ). UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been rated as the world number one for Education for the eighth year in a row by the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Why complete your NPQ with Infinite Learning and UCL Institute of Education (IOE)?

  • They are number 1 in the world for education.
  • The name UCL Institute of Education is recognised by every educational organisation in the UK and most of the world.
  • All our facilitators are trained directly by UCL Institute of Education, against a strict set of competencies.
  • All of our face-to-face days are delivered by our own facilitators, either virtually or in schools.
  • All of our facilitators are practicing Senior Leaders and/or Headteachers and have a wealth of experience delivering at senior and/or headship level.
  • Our materials are all written by a team of experienced heads and executive heads. They are updated every year and underpinned by current research.
  • Our face-to-face days are supplemented by UCL eXtend –  a highly interactive online platform providing a wealth of online materials and research, access to global discussion forums and access to an online 360 diagnostic to assess your leadership twice during the programme.

National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) Overview

The reformed National Professional Qualification (NPQs) frameworks were developed by the DfE in consultation with an expert advisory group to draw on a range of experience from across the school system. The changes to NPQs build on the evidence base and expert advice already established in the new core content framework for Initial Teacher Training and the Early Career Framework (ECF).

The prestigious National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are accredited by the Department for Education.  They are voluntary qualifications designed to promote great teaching and great school leadership. They provide teachers and leaders with the training, support, and guidance they need to develop expertise in school leadership and specialist areas of teaching practice. They are designed to help you hone and develop the skills you already have, helping you become a more effective school leader and teacher in your school context. The Teachers’ Standards and Headteachers’ Standards have been woven into the content to ensure coherency with the frameworks already used by the teaching profession. They are held in extremely high regard by teachers, leaders and schools internationally and are a trusted and recognised qualification.

The IOE’s university and teaching school partners have drawn on their teacher expertise to design the following programmes. To best address the broad range of responsibilities of current and aspiring middle leaders, the Middle Leadership NPQ has been replaced with three new specialist NPQs.

The three specialist qualifications are:

  • NPQ Leading Teaching (NPQLT) – designed for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.
  • NPQ Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD) – designed 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.
  • NPQ Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC) – designed for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.

The three reformed leadership NPQs are:

  • NPQ Senior Leader (NPQSL) – designed for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.
  • NPQ Headteacher (NPQH) – designed for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.
  • NPQ Executive Headteacher (NPQEL) – designed for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher or a school trust CEO with responsibility for leading several schools.

Benefits to participants

Working with UCL our participants will have:

  • access to world-leading research, evidence informed practice and knowledge exchange
  • an increased awareness and understanding of self as leader and of the behaviours needed to lead a school
  • increased leadership confidence to implement school improvement, drive culture and ethos, curriculum, teaching and learning, assessment and develop organisational effectiveness
  • time to reflect on your leadership practice and to network with a wide range of school leaders, and
  • access to full coverage of the DfE’s NPQ qualification framework.

Benefits to schools

Working with UCL our schools will:

  • develop a strategic approach to leadership focused on improving pupil outcomes
  • access programmes designed to enhance staff wellbeing, agency, recruitment and retention within your organisation
  • engage in a joined-up approach to school improvement in your school and region
  • learn about how to lead the implementation of effective, sustainable change
  • grow leadership capacity built on evidence-informed practice that is responsive, agile and bespoke to your context.

The reformed suite of NPQs will use a Case Study Scenario approach to assessment and more information on the assessment of NPQs will be available soon.

Later this academic year we will be able to share with you more specific information on the programme format and content, the assessment process, the application window dates, and the costs. The programmes will be available from the autumn term of next academic year (2021-22).