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NPQ for Leading Teaching

Leading teaching is complex.

Although the role varies, many phase leaders, key stage leaders, heads of department (or similar titles) are considered part of the middle leadership team. They often directly manage a team of teachers, and their work is focused on supporting effective teaching across the school.

Those in this role 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 several specialist areas related to their role (eg curriculum and assessment) and in approaches that, through working with their colleagues, enable their school to keep improving (eg professional development and implementation).

They must understand the relationship between these different domains, how they can change over time and how to contribute to a culture and conditions in which staff and pupils can thrive while maintaining the highest professional conduct as set out in the Teachers’ Standards.

That means developing expertise in teaching is also complex. This programme is a codification of essential knowledge, skills and concepts that underpin successful leadership of teaching. It sets out what those leading teaching should know and be able to do within the specialist areas related to their role and how to put new approaches into practice.

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Who is the NPQ for Leading Teaching for?

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

What does the programme include?

The key sections of the qualification are as follows:

  • Teaching 
  • School Culture 
  • How Pupils Learn 
  • Subject and Curriculum 
  • Classroom Practice 
  • Adaptive Teaching 
  • Assessment 
  • Professional Development 
  • Implementation

Download the full specification NPQ for Leading Teaching here

This programme will be a highly practical blended programme with opportunities to reflect on best practice and hear from excellent leaders who deliver in these areas both locally and nationally.

Why Windsor Academy Trust?

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99% Pass Rate

99% pass rate for National Professional Qualifications.

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Outstanding Reputation

We have an outstanding reputation for delivering best practice programmes that make a real difference.

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A Trusted Partner

We are a trusted partner working with sector-leading partners to support schools and trusts.

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Teacher Development Trust

Our lead provider, the Teacher Development Trust, has championed school improvement, supporting hundreds of schools, publishing research and regularly advising the government.

When does the programme start?

November 2021.

Is funding available?

This NPQ is fully funded by the DfE as long as you meet the following criteria:

  • Work in a state-funded school in England that is within the top 30% of schools with the highest levels of pupils on Pupil Premium (as of the end of the previous academic year)
  • Have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase

If you aren't eligible for funding, the cost is £889.

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Apply online by completing the form on the DfE website. When asked to select your lead provider, select Teacher Development Trust.

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