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Leadership matters

Make a real impact in your school with our NPQ programmes

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are the most widely recognised qualifications in the education sector for current and aspiring leaders, and are accredited by the DfE. They provide professional development to those wishing to develop their expertise in a specialist area, such as teaching and learning or behaviour management, to those leading schools across a trust.

Xavier Teaching School Hub will be partnering with STSN  and TeachFirst to deliver the reformed National Professional Qualifications. This partnership brings together the best local knowledge and context with the national experience and programmes of Teach First.

Specialist National Professional Qualifications

12 month programmes. These three new specialist NPQs replace the current NPQML.

  • NPQLT: Leading Teaching
  • NPQLTD: Leading Teacher Development
  • NPQLBC: Leading Behaviour and Culture


Leadership National Professional Qualifications

18 month programmes:

  • NPQSL: Senior Leaders
  • NPQH: Headship (including a new programme of support for newly appointed Headteachers)
  • NPQEL: Executive Leadership


Available from Autumn 2022

  • NPQLL: Leading Literacy
    • For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase


  • NPQEYL: Early Years Leadership
    • For leaders qualified to at least level 3 with a full and relevant qualification who are, or aspiring to be:
      • Managers of private, voluntary and independent nurseries
      • Headteachers of school-based or maintained nurseries
      • Childminders with leadership responsibilities


You can find more information on the courses in our STSN NPQ Programmes brochure. Please make sure you read the brochure thoroughly before apply to a course.

Non-eligible schools may apply and pay for these programmes.

Summary of Costs

NPQLT: Leading Teaching Cost: £840

NPQLTD: Leading Teacher Development Cost: £840 

NPQLBC: Leading Behaviour and Culture Cost: £840

NPQSL: Senior Leaders Cost: £1,045

NPQH: NPQ for Headship Cost: £1,690

NPQEL: Executive Leadership Cost: £3,245