The reformed National Professional Qualification (NPQs) frameworks from September 2021


The DfE has announced the reformed National Professional Qualification Frameworks including the publication of three new NPQ qualifications in Leading Behaviour and Culture, Leading Teacher Development and Leading Teaching.

National Professional Qualifications 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.

The reformed National Professional Qualification (NPQs) frameworks were developed 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 content frameworks set out what participants should know and be able to do after completing an NPQ. Providers of NPQs will use these frameworks to design their course curricula.

The following frameworks are available:

  • National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture
  • National Professional Qualification for Leading Teacher Development
  • National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching
  • National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership
  • National Professional Qualification for Headship
  • National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership

The reformed suite of NPQs will have a different approach to assessment and more information on the assessment of NPQs will be available soon.

The Teachers’ Standards and Headteachers’ Standards have been woven into the content to ensure coherency with the frameworks already used by the teaching profession.

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).