National Professional Qualifications 

Learners First is an NPQ Delivery Partner of the DfE Accredited National Professional Qualification (NPQs)

Learners First and the Teacher Development Trust

Having been a successful DfE Accredited NPQ provider since 2012, Learners First Schools Partnership is delighted to be a delivery partner of the Teacher Development Trust (TDT), offering the full suite of NPQ qualifications. As the only delivery partner to TDT in the local area within South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, Learners First is committed to continuing to deliver the highest quality professional development and networking opportunities for leaders and teachers through our delivery of the DfE’s golden thread of reforms.

The Teacher Development Trust (TDT) charity has been a leading name in staff and leadership development for almost a decade. The charity has championed school improvement through leadership development whilst supporting hundreds of schools, publishing research, advising government and in its campaigning work. TDT’S research and development is focused on school improvement through people development to ensure a culture that sticks. The organisation’s vision and values resonate with those of Learners First. We are also working in partnership to develop professional learning opportunities beyond the DfE accredited qualifications.

Currently, all NPQS are fully funded by the DfE for all teachers employed in state funded schools, academies and 16-19 providers. (Please see the NPQ Funding & Costs section below for further details).

I am delighted to welcome the brilliant Learners First Schools Partnership into the TDT delivery partnership. They’re making Teacher Development Trusts NPQs (fully fUnded by DfE) available across South Yorkshire. Sign up here!

David Weston, CEO – The Teacher Development Trust



Find Out More – Free Information Briefings

To find out more about the NPQs, the course structure, content, assessment and which one is right for you or your team, please join us for any of the free information webinars below:

To speak to one of our team or for individual queries, please email with your query and we will be glad to help.

Ready to apply? Please see below.

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apply for an NPQ

step one

Register Your Expression of Interest for an NPQ

You must then register as soon as possible directly via Step 2

step two

Register Directly with the DfE

For this you will require your Teacher Reference Number (TRN)

Please tick the Teacher Development Trust as Lead Provider

step three

Complete the TDT Application Form 

This will be sent directly to you from TDT after you have completed the DfE Registration (Step 2)

Please tick Learners First Schools Partnership as your Delivery Partner

step four

Finalise Registration

Learners First will contact you directly to finalise registration and begin induction


NPQ Programmes Available

New for Autumn 2024


From September 2024, the NPQ SEND will become the mandatory qualification for all SENDCOs. It will replace the Master’s level NASENCO qualification. Teaching of the new NPQ will begin from Autumn 2024. Lead Providers are currently waiting for the designation from the DfE for first delivery of the NPQSEND. In the meantime, if you or any of your colleagues wish to express an interest in studying the statutory NPQ qualification for SENCOs, please complete this Expression of Interest and we will contact you when more information becomes available.

Click here to access the DfE NPQSEND Curriculum Overview

Specialist NPQ Qualifications

NPQLTD (Medium)

NPQ Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)

For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school. They may have responsibilities for the development of all teachers across a school or specifically trainees or teachers who are early in their career.

NPQLBC (Medium)

NPQ Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)

For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.

NPQLT (Medium)

NPQ Leading Teaching (NPQLT)

For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

NPQLL (Medium)

NPQ Leading Literacy (NPQLL)

A brand new NPQ for those who are leading literacy programmes across a school, year group, key stage or phase, or who are aspiring to such roles in the future.

Leadership NPQ Qualifications

NPQLTD (Medium)

NPQ Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)

A completely new NPQ for leaders in early years settings, qualified to at least Level 3 who are, or are aspiring to be, managers of Private, Voluntary and Independent nurseries, headteachers of school-based or maintained nurseries, or childminders with leadership responsibilities

The NPQEL will be delivered locally through Learners First Schools Partnership

NPQLBC (Medium)

NPQ Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

For school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross school responsibilities.

NPQLT (Medium)

NPQ Headship (NPQH)

For school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a head teacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.

NPQLL (Medium)

NPQ Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

For school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, an executive head teacher or have a school trust Chief Executive Officer (CEO) role with responsibility for leading several schools.



Delivery of the curriculum is grounded in the following values:

SMART –  about what the evidence tells us, but we also really care about how things are done.

HEART – it’s not just taking the evidence base and implementing it any old way, it needs to be done in the right way if you want to have that sustainable impact.

HUMBLE – we recognise that there is no single perfect answer to any situation – participants will come from different environments, different schools, different contexts – and we need to understand the limits of what the evidence tells us at times and use our judgement.

The NPQ experience will benefit you:

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of how to apply the evidence on your area of focus (of the NPQ)
  • Through a blended learning experience which fits around your role where you learn and discuss key content online delivered in a way that suits the busy working lives of teachers and leaders
  • To undertake local virtual and face to face sessions that focus on real problem-solving, creating understanding, connecting with your peers and gaining depth of knowledge
  • Through support and ongoing preparation to give you confidence to pass the final assessment
  • Through expert facilitation and support from serving setting and school leaders in and delivery at local venues

The experience will benefit your school or trust by:

  • Developing you as a skilful and research-informed leader who can contribute to a cohesive, impact-focused school leadership team
  • Supporting you to develop practical capability to get on with the job of developing others with the skills to lead with people and teams, creating change and impact
  • Coaching you to become a professionally aware and informed leader who can make evidence-based decisions and approach leadership in an effective and efficient manner
  • Enabling your ability to review and evaluate practice in order to bring about change and get the best outcomes for young people and staff within the organisation
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2022/23 Programme Schedule

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Programme Delivery

  • A blend of flexible online learning, online discussion, virtual workshops and face-to-face workshops, for a few hours study each week over the duration of the course
  • An end point assessment where you will complete a 1500-word case study assessment to demonstrate your understanding of course content
  • Evidence-informed curriculum design, connecting you to the latest research and best practice. The research-rich course covers all of the core content in the government’s Framework for each qualification
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NPQ Funding & Costs

Each NPQ qualification is fully funded for all teachers*and leaders* who are employed in state funded schools and state funded organisations that offer 16-19 places in England.

If you are not eligible for scholarship funding, you can still undertake an NPQ. The costs for NPQs are determined by the lead providers appointed by the Department for Education. 

For further information on funding please refer to our lead providers website below

*Access to funding remains conditional on successful validation of your registration information against the Teacher Regulation Agency records. You must ensure that the information supplied in the application process matches your teacher record.



The assessment process for NPQs has been refreshed to reduce the workload burden on teachers while still providing an opportunity for them to apply their knowledge. To pass the courses, teachers will need to engage with at least 90% of the course and pass one Summative Assessment. The NPQ Summative Assessments will take the form of a case study covering the content in the relevant NPQ Content Framework and represent a likely situation to be faced by a Teacher at the relevant NPQ qualification level or role. A different case study and mark scheme will apply for each cohort group.