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National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are the most widely recognised qualifications in the education sector for current and aspiring leaders. NPQs are open to all teachers and leaders in schools in England and Wales.

Aldridge Education is working in collaboration with Teach First to lead the delivery of the NPQs in our region, delivering seminars and conferences; sharing guidance and support; and acting as your main point of contact for your NPQs.

Specialist NPQs

There are three specialist NPQs for teachers and school leaders who want to broaden their expertise in particular areas. We offer the following programmes for those who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject or year; leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school; or leading the development of other teachers in their school.

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

For those looking to progress into senior leadership and beyond, the Leadership NPQs build the foundation knowledge needed to rapidly progress a school or trust’s key improvement priorities while creating and embedding a culture that allows the school, its staff and pupils to thrive. We also offer:

  • NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

For more information on our programmes, please download the Aldridge Education NPQ brochure below. 

While NPQs are open to all teachers and leaders in schools in England and Wales, Teach First prioritise supporting schools that teach a high number of pupils from low-income backgrounds. Full details of how this is assessed can be found in our brochure (above).

More information and sign-up

If you would like to join our mailing list to be informed of upcoming sessions. Please email

How to apply

All programmes start on 1 November 2021. The deadline for applications for this programme round is 30th September. Please visit complete an expression of interest to receive more information about applying, or complete an application form.

Expression of Interest 

Application Form 

If you are interested in our NPQs but would like to be considered for the next round of applications, with programmes starting in February 2022, please register your interest.

Here to help:

If you have any questions please contact Poppy Nobes, Aldridge Education Trust Lead for Professional Development, by emailing

 “If we are to recruit and retain highly effective and committed teachers to meet the needs of our young people, investment in consistent, high-quality professional development is vital.” 

Brendan Tapping, CEO, Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust

"The Aldridge Education team works in partnership with the academy to facilitate CPD which has immediate and sustained impact. Their enthusiasm and expertise invites instant engagement and allows for personalised delivery underpinned by core principles of practice which ensure consistency and promote excellence."

Monica Duncan, Duke's Aldridge Academy