A course to help teachers learn how to lead the teaching and learning of a subject, year group or phase.
Applies to England
Who this course is for
This course is for teachers and middle leaders who have, or want to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a:
- year group
- key stage
This one-year course will help you gain confidence and develop skills in:
- creating a culture of high expectations
- supporting colleagues with all aspects of their teaching
- contributing to effective professional development linked to teaching, curriculum and assessment
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.
This course covers:
- identifying and implementing good teaching practice
- supporting colleagues in designing a broad and coherent curriculum
- planning effective lessons that stimulate your pupils’ thinking
- helping colleagues adapt their teaching to different needs
- contributing to the design of school assessment systems
- aligning your professional development with wider school improvement priorities
Benefits for you and your school
Increased specialism in your role
- an understanding of the core principles behind the science of learning
- practical tools and guidance to sequence your curriculum and plan for assessment
You’ll build the expertise to:
- effectively manage a team of teachers
- create a culture of professional learning and continuous improvement in your school
Greater support for colleagues
You’ll develop the skills to help colleagues:
- plan effective lessons
- meet individual pupil needs
- provide opportunities for all pupils to succeed
The course includes 9 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.
You can train with one of the following providers:
- Ambition Institute
- Best Practice Network
- Church of England
- Education Development Trust
- LLSE (Leadership Learning Securing Excellence)
- National Institute of Teaching
- Teacher Development Trust
- Teach First
- UCL Institute of Education
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.