The application period is now open for our next cohort of NPQ participants – with the programmes starting in October 2023.
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
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.
Our year-long specialist NPQ programmes help teachers and school leaders to develop their skills and knowledge in a specialist area.
Our 18-month long leadership NPQ programmes give teachers and school leaders the opportunity to develop their leadership practice across a range of contexts.
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
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
There is a rigorous quality assurance, to support you to drive improvement in your school and region
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.
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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.
An audience of headteachers, school leaders and education decision makers came together to discuss developing ambitious future teaching opportunities in Cumbria.
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.