Leading teacher development national professional qualification

A course to help teachers learn how to become a teacher educator and successfully support teachers in their school to expand their skills.

Applies to England

Who this course is for

This course is for staff who have, or want to have, responsibility for:

  • leading the development of other teachers in their school
  • mentoring trainees or early career teachers


This one-year course will help you gain confidence and develop skills in:

  • implementing evidence-based professional development programmes focused on improving classroom teaching
  • promoting a strong professional development culture across their school

This course will:

  • take 12 months to complete
  • involve an average of 1 to 2 hours of study each week
  • be a mix of self-study and group sessions
  • involve a written assessment
  • start February 2024


Funding to cover the course fees is available for most teachers and school leaders in state-funded settings in England.

Learn about funding.

Scholarship funding is also available for people who are, or will be, taking on the role of lead mentor for an initial teacher training provider accredited to deliver initial teacher training from September 2024.

Course content

This course covers:

  • designing and delivering effective professional development
  • how to make informed evidence-based professional development decisions
  • techniques for tailoring and adapting support based on individual development needs

Benefits for you and your school

Increased professional development culture

Build expertise around creating a culture of professional learning and continuous improvement in your school. Staff feel supported if their school invests in their development. This can then filter down to the classroom, resulting in happier, more motivated pupils.

Improved pupil outcomes

You’ll learn how to ensure professional development in your school is focused on a shared responsibility for improving outcomes for all pupils.

More effective support for colleagues

Develop the skills to help colleagues plan effective lessons, meet individual pupil needs and provide opportunities for all pupils to succeed without creating unnecessary workload.

Undisruptive to existing workload

You can complete much of the work in bite-sized chunks around your existing schedule.

Course structure

The course covers 4 topics, outlined in the course framework. Providers use this framework to design their course.

The course includes:

  • independent study
  • group coaching
  • face-to-face sessions with other participants

You’ll need to spend 1 to 2 hours a week working on this NPQ.


The following providers offer this NPQ:

They work with delivery partners, such as teaching school hubs, to provide training.


To get your NPQ accreditation, you’ll need to complete the course and pass a written assessment (1,500 words).


Before you apply to your chosen training provider, you need to register with the Department for Education.

Learn how to apply for an NPQ.

Published 20 September 2023
Last updated 12 February 2024 + show all updates
  1. The NPQ start date has been updated to February 2024.

  2. First published.