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National Professional Qualifications

Unlock your leadership potential and grow your career

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. They are fully funded by the DfE for all teachers working in state schools.

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.

NPQ courses we offer

There is a new suite of specialist NPQs for teachers and school leaders who want to broaden their expertise in particular areas. For the 2021-22 cohorts, we currently 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)
  • NPQ in Leading Literacy (NPQLL) - launching in October 2022

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 currently 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

If you are interested in our NPQs but would like to be considered for the next round of applications, with programmes starting in October 2022 and February 2023, please either register your interest or apply for your choice of course using the buttons below.

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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


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