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NPQ Leading Literacy (NPQLL)

Programme Overview:

Participants will gain the essential skills and knowledge to successfully lead high quality literacy development and teaching in their schools. 


On this programme, you will learn how to:

  • Support staff, of all subject specialisms, to develop pupils’ language and literacy skills.
  • Understand how pupils develop aspects of literacy, including how children learn to talk, how effective spoken language supports literacy development at every age, how children learn to become fluent readers and how teachers can support this at every stage, and explore the importance of subject-specific vocabulary and different strategies for teaching this.
  • Support pupils' writing – whether learning to write in primary school, through to writing academically at key stage five.
  • Support, develop and teach pupils literacy using evidence-informed approaches.
  • Lead literacy through curriculum, culture and motivation.
  • Manage effective literacy education to support your school.
  • Contribute to effective professional development for literacy, linking it to teaching, the curriculum and assessment across the school.

See the NPQLL framework for further details. 

How you will learn:

The content is delivered through blended learning comprising in-person, real-time, interactive online sessions and self-guided modules you complete in your own time.  Over the 12-month course duration, you will attend / complete:

  • 1 x 6hr conference - at the start of the programme (in-person).
  • 6 x courses - each course is 6 weeks in length and comprises 6 modules. You will complete 1 module (50mins) per week.  
  • 5 x 2hr facilitated twilight clinics (online).
  • 3 x 1hr 15mins communities - peer-led group sessions (online or in-person).
  • 1 x 2hr assessment clinic (in-person).
  • Final assessment - written response to a case study to be completed within an 8-day window.

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To apply, you must be leading, or aspiring to lead, literacy in any phase of education. For example, you might be a head of literacy or literacy coordinator at your school or multi-academy trust. 


You will be able to make a real difference in your school and excel at literacy leadership. You will be able to impact your whole school through enacting lasting literacy change and be able to connect with other literacy leaders from similar school contexts. 

Your school will benefit from improved literacy at all levels and investing in its leaders. 


NPQ scholarship funding has changed. Visit the DfE website for more details and to check eligibility status.

If you do not work in an eligible school, the cost of this NPQ is £899 plus VAT. 


Our next cohort commences in Autumn 2024. To register your interest, please complete the registration form below and we'll be in touch with you shortly.

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Useful Links:

Click on the image opposite to download a copy of our programme guide. 


Contact us for more information or guidance about this NPQ programme.