The National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are designed to support the professional development of teachers and school leaders at all levels and stages of their career who want to develop their skills and knowledge in specialist areas of teaching practice. They have been developed with teachers and leaders in mind and are based on the NPQ framework created by the DfE. Each NPQ is underpinned by the framework which sets out what participants should know and be able to do after completing the course.

Why should I study an NPQ?

NPQs are completely FREE so it won’t cost you a penny! (Terms and conditions apply, see the DfE wesbite for more information). They will equip you with the skills and knowledge to improve your teaching, expand your professional networks, help you move into a leadership role, if this is something that you are looking to achieve, they are flexible and can fit in around your work and personal life and are nationally recognised qualifications.

NPQs are an investment in your professional development with the aim to ultimately help improve the outcomes for our region’s young people.

What NPQs can I study?

There are two suites of NPQs available. The specialist suite is for teachers or leaders who would like to increase their knowledge and skills in a specialist area.  The leadership suite is for anyone currently working in leadership or aspiring leaders.

Specialist NPQs 
Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC) 
Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)
Leading Teaching (NPQLT)
Leading Literacy (NPQLL)

Leadership NPQs
Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
Headship (NPQH)
Executive Leadership (NPQEL)
Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)

How long does the course last?

Courses last between 12 and 18 months, depending on your chosen NPQ.

What will I learn?

You will learn from the evidence-based curriculum, drawing on effective pedagogy, current research, and international best practice – all of which equips you with the knowledge and skills to improve in your current role, or take the next step in your career.

How are the NPQs delivered?

We have joined with our partners at Education Development Trust to bring a local, national and international perspective to the NPQs and these are delivered through:

  • Face to face events
  • Live webinars
  • Online self-study sessions
  • One-to-one tutor sessions

Our NPQs are flexible, adaptable and built are built to fit around a busy work schedule. All of this ensures the course complements your professional and personal life, enabling you to become part of a network of local practitioners and leaders who will support you throughout your career.


NPQs are fully funded, completely FREE and won’t cost you a penny if you work in a state-funded school.

In addition, our NPQ in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL) is also fully funded and available to leaders employed in a:

  • Maintained nursery school in England.
  • Preschool class that’s part of a school in England.
  • Nursery that is registered on the Ofsted Early Years Register.
  • Childminder and registered on the Ofsted Early Years Register or with a registered Childminder Agency.

Please note: Local authority employed supply teachers will also be able to access funding.

Funding information for schools
There is no limit to how many scholarships a school can receive but please be mindful that NPQ participants will attend face-to-face events during term time as part of the course. However, it is worth noting that we try to ensure these are morning or afternoon sessions to support workload and capacity issues.

For more information about funding, visit the DfE website.

How to apply?

Applying is simple:
1. Speak to your line manager to get support for your course.
2. Decide on the course you would like to study.
3. Register with the DfE – please select Education Development Trust as your lead provider.
4. EDT will contact you with the second part of your application (please keep a check of your inbox and spam folder). This should take you fifteen minutes to
complete. When asked, please select the South Yorkshire Teaching Hub as your delivery partner.
5. We will process your application and be in contact to discuss the next steps.

If you require any further information or clarification on the application process, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Read more about the NPQs in our booklet

Read more about the NPQs in our booklet:

You can also download the booklet here.