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National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are the most widely recognised professional development qualifications in the education sector for current and aspiring leaders.  Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE), NPQs equip teachers with the expertise to lead sustainable improvement across their schools.  They will support you to develop the skills and knowledge to progress in your career and to support your school.  

Interested in doing an NPQ?

Our next cohort of NPQs commences October 2023. Please register your interest via the link below and the Hub will email you with details on how to apply. 

Which NPQ is right for you?

CKTSH, in partnership with our lead provider, Ambition Institute, offer the full suite of NPQs;

Specialist NPQs - These NPQs provide continued professional development for teachers who want to make their classroom teaching the best it can be, whether or not they move into school leadership.

  • NPQ in Leading Teaching (NPQLT)
  • NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)
  • NPQ in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)
  • NPQ in Leading Literacy (NPQLL)

Leadership NPQs - These NPQs cater to teachers in leadership, or aspiring towards leadership.  

  • NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
  • NPQ in Headship (NPQH)
  • NPQ in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)
  • NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL) - (Please note to apply for this NPQ please email the hub directly at

Further information on each of the NPQs can be found in the corresponding NPQ tabs.  

Does your school qualify for the £200 DfE Targeted Support Fund?

From autumn 2022, state-funded schools and state-funded 16 to 19 educational settings in England with 1 to 600 pupils on roll will be paid £200 for each teacher or leader they employ who takes an NPQ. This is to help teachers and leaders in smaller settings who may find it harder to engage with professional development. 

Funding is not available for participants taking the early headship coaching offer unless they are also taking another NPQ course. 

If you work in a school, you can search the Get Information About Schools (GIAS) database to check how many pupils are recorded for your school.  

If you work in a 16 to 19 education setting, you can check the list of 16 to 19 organisations eligible for targeted support funding in the academic year 2022 to 2023.  

Payments will be grant funded in arrears via existing Education and Skills Funding Agency (EFSA) channels the summer after NPQ participants begin their course. Eligibility for targeted support funding will be determined automatically as participants complete the registration process, and there is no need to apply for this funding separately.

Find out more about targeted support funding and refer to the grant conditions.