This course develops expertise in directly managing a team of teachers and how leading teaching can support 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.

This course sets out what those leading teaching should know and be able to do within the specialist areas related to their role and in relation to how to put new approaches into practice.

Who the NPQLT Course is suitable for

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

Entry Requirements

Completion of the CET Leadership Development Programme provides a pathway to a fully funded place on one of the reformed NPQ courses.

This programme will emulate the format of the NPQ on a smaller scale, giving participants meaningful professional development and a strong foundation to be accepted on to an NPQ course as the new programmes are rolled out.

An online recruitment and application process will take place in June 2021

The format of the new NPQ Courses 

The new NPQs are designed to provide high quality ‘hands-on’ and continuous professional development leading to improvements in teaching and therefore improvement for students. Rather than a series of separate standalone CPD sessions, the programmes combine evidence, research and opportunities to practice a variety of skills over a realistic time period.

Pre-requisite course Programme & Timeline 

June 2021:  

  • Applications are to be made by applicants onto all pre-requisite NPQ courses. 

June-July 2021:  

  • Participant places are confirmed on all pre-NPQ courses 
  • In-school Mentors are assigned for all participants 
  • Pre-reading is distributed and impact projects are decided upon for participants based on individual whole school or CET strategic priorities for 2021-22 

September 2021 – April 2022:  

  • Delivery and Completion of CET Leadership Development Programmes  
  • Participant impact projects are to be planned and implemented. 

May – June 2022: 

  • Participant impact projects are reviewed 
  • Formal Application and Interview process for fully accredited NPQ courses to take place. 

*The Pre-Requisite Course Programme will be made up of a series of core sessions (as detailed in the course module outline). Details of these sessions will be shared in advance of the course, but please note that these are likely to take place after school.

Pre-requisite course delivery methods 

  • Online and face to face sessions  
  • 3 core sessions plus additional voluntary sessions 
  • Before each core session participants will be asked to complete a series of tasks and reading in preparation for the session. 
  • Assigned in-school mentor to support participants in the completion of mini-project focused on a whole school strategic priority area associated with this the content of this course.

Pre-requisite course outline

Next Steps – Future Leadership Pathway 

Commencement of DfE accredited NPQLT programme

Related Courses 



'Why Teach' Leaflet 3.20 MB 9 downloads


Mini Project Guidance 104.44 KB 8 downloads


NPQ Leading Teaching 446.88 KB 15 downloads


Speak to your line manager about the course and how you will benefit from participating.

Complete the online application form

Deadline for Online Applications:
Friday, 11 June 2021

Contact Nicola Tweddle – CET Leadership Development Manager – ntweddle@workingtonacademy.org for further information.