National Professional Qualifications

Cumbria Education Trust are delighted to be working in partnership with Ambition Institute to deliver the newly reformed National Professional Qualification (NPQ) courses. The NPQs are open to both CET staff and external teaching and support staff, who are looking to accelerate their careers. 

For the academic year 2023/2024, all of the courses are fully funded for people working within the state sector and we are proud of our 100% pass rate. We currently have over 100 teachers and leaders from across Cumbria and the North of England moving their own professional development journey forward across our 7 nationally accredited specialist and leadership programmes:

  • NPQLBC – Leading Behaviour and Culture
  • NPQLT – Leading Teaching
  • NPQLTD – Leading Teacher Development
  • NPQLL – Leading Literacy
  • NPQEYL – Early Years Leadership
  • NPQSL – Senior Leadership
  • NPQH – Headship
You can read more about each course by clicking on the squares below. 
Applications close on 19th September 2023.

What is an NPQ?

NPQ programmes are accredited by the Department for Education and they support the professional development of teachers and school leaders, drawing on the very best research and evidence. They focus on what teachers and school leaders need to know to build their expertise.

There are seven NPQ programmes, four specialist NPQs and three leadership NPQs, each designed with a ‘little and often’ approach. This means you can learn around your timetable and other commitments, taking minimal time away from your school or trust. 

Specialist NPQs

Our year-long specialist NPQ programmes help teachers and school leaders to develop their skills and knowledge in a specialist area.

NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture 

Gain expertise in behaviour management and discover how to create a school culture where staff and pupils can thrive.

NPQ in Leading Teaching 

Discover what outstanding teaching looks like and use this knowledge to become a high performing leader of teaching.

NPQ in Leading Teacher Development

Become an expert teacher educator and learn how to successfully support teachers to improve their practice.

NPQ in Leading Literacy

Become an expert leader of literacy and learn its importance in enabling young people to reach their full potential.

Leadership NPQs

Our 18-month long leadership NPQ programmes give teachers and school leaders the opportunity to develop their leadership practice across a range of contexts. 

NPQ in Early Years Leadership 

Become an expert in early years leadership, helping to give children up to the age of five the best possible start in life.

NPQ in Senior Leadership

Develop your leadership knowledge and expertise to improve outcomes for teachers and pupils across your school.

NPQ in Headship 

Develop the knowledge that underpins expert school leadership and apply it to become an outstanding headteacher.

All the evidence shows that improving teaching and school leadership is the best way to make sure that every pupil, regardless of their background, gets the best possible education. Through our programmes, we want to ensure there are expert teachers in every classroom being led by exceptional school leaders at all levels. We give teachers and school leaders opportunities to develop that draw on insights from the cutting edge of research. Our programmes also focus on the key challenges they face in their roles.

What to expect from your NPQ

High-quality curriculum

You are guaranteed to receive a high-quality curriculum and resources, drawing on the latest evidence and the insights of great teachers and school leaders

First-rate standard of faciliation and programme delivery

You will receive a first-rate standard of facilitation and programme delivery – carried out by highly trained facilitators from schools in your region, who understand the context of your school

Quality Assurance

There is a rigorous quality assurance, to support you to drive improvement in your school and region

Essential support

There is guaranteed high-level and personalised support throughout all stages of the programme

Flexible access to modules

We ensure you have flexible access to all modules and practice activities through our innovative online personal development platform.

But don't just listen to us...

Meet the team

Would you like to be a Visiting Fellow?

Our Visiting Fellows are the course facilitators who deliver the NPQ courses. This is a fantastic opportunity for current leaders to further develop their own leadership and facilitation skills. You will gain first-hand experience of delivering nationally accredited leadership courses and be at the heart of CET’s Leadership Development. 

Comprehensive training will be available, along with all of the course delivery materials. Remuneration will also be offered to successful candidates. 

Want to talk to a team member?

If you have any queries about any of these programmes or would like any further information, you can email the team by clicking the button below.

Recent News

Continued success for our Specialist NPQs

We are delighted to announce the continued success of our National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) and congratulate all participants who have recently passed their specialist NPQs in Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC), Leading Literacy (NPQLL) and Leading Teaching (NPQLT), with Ambition Institute confirming these fantastic results this week. Completing an NPQ is a fantastic achievement –…

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New NPQSL Cohort are ready to start their Senior Leadership journey

Yesterday, we welcomed our new National Professional Qualification (NPQ) Spring 2024 cohort, as they embark on their NPQSL – Senior Leadership programme. Delivered in partnership with Ambition Institute, our participants joined for their first conference at Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music Trust – Sunbeams. This event saw teachers and middle leaders from schools across Cumbria, both…

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100% pass rate for all of our Leadership NPQs

It was confirmed by Ambition Institute yesterday afternoon that all of our NPQ Leadership participants (NPQSL and NPQH), who recently completed their assessments in September, have passed. This continues our 100% pass rate for all CET NPQ programmes! To celebrate, we will be holding an NPQ Celebration Event in March – more details of this…

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Choose your NPQ today!

Cumbria Education Trust and national education charity Ambition Institute have an exciting partnership aimed to inspire a new generation of teachers in Cumbria and offer professional development to existing teachers, to be the best they can be. Ambition Institute’s new teacher training programme extends their provision of high-quality professional development for existing teachers and school leaders, which is reaching more than 45,000 educators this year.