Leading behaviour and culture national professional qualification

A course to help teachers learn how to create a culture of good behaviour and high expectations in which staff and pupils thrive.

Applies to England

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for all teachers and leaders who are, or want to be, involved in developing and implementing behaviour and wellbeing strategies in their school.

This course is also suitable for other specialised roles including:

  • behaviour management lead
  • special educational needs co-ordinator
  • welfare management manager
  • pastoral team lead
  • key stage and phase leaders
  • social, emotional and mental health lead


This one-year course will help you develop skills and gain the confidence to enact changes in:

  • setting a culture of high expectations and learning in your school
  • enabling conditions for good behaviour for pupils and ensuring colleagues are supported in their classroom-level approaches
  • supporting pupil wellbeing and understanding the impact this has on behaviour

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.

Course content

This course covers themes including:

  • creating a culture of high expectations, including the impact this has on school outcomes
  • enabling conditions for good behaviour, including through implementing effective behaviour management systems
  • dealing with complex behavioural needs, including how to prevent and respond to bullying
  • developing effective professional development linked to behaviour and culture
  • implementing evidence-based improvement plans

Benefits for you and your school

Gain expertise and drive meaningful change

You’ll develop knowledge and skills in leading behaviour and culture. You’ll then be able to apply these in practice across your school.

This will help to engage and motivate staff and pupils. It will also help reduce disruption in classrooms.

Create a positive school culture

You’ll learn to develop school-wide systems and processes which support the creation of an effective learning environment for all pupils. This will enable you to get the best out of pupils and colleagues in your school.

Support complex behavioural needs

You’ll understand how to adapt approaches to pupil’s individual needs, while maintaining high expectations for all pupils.

Improve pupil outcomes

You’ll be able to shape a positive and encouraging atmosphere where pupils are more likely to thrive.

Course structure

The course covers 6 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:

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. Updated NPQ start date to February 2024.

  2. First published.