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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. 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; leading on whole school literacy 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)

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)
  • NPQ for Headship (NPQH)

The DfE has announced that an NPQ for SENCOs will launch in autumn 2024 and will be the mandatory qualification for SENCOs. More detail is available here.  If you are interested in this qualification and would like to be kept informed, please submit an expression of interest form.

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


npq brochure may 2023 v3.pdf


For the 23-24 cohorts, all courses for state school teachers are fully funded. For costs for other individuals, please find more information in our brochure (above).

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.

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

Applications for programmes commencing in February 2024 are now closed.

If you are interested in our NPQs but would like to be considered for the next round of applications, with programmes starting October 2024, please register your interest for your choice of course using the button below.

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


Here to help:

If you have any questions please contact Poppy Nobes, Aldridge Education Head of 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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