NPQ in Leading Literacy

Female in suit smiling at camera

Become an expert in developing literacy in your school.

  • Develop as a specialist in your role.
  • Gain the skills for successful leadership.
  • Learn to effectively support colleagues.
  • Free one-to-one support and coaching.
  • Join a passionate network striving for educational equality.
  • DfE funding will target teachers and leaders serving schools in more deprived communities.
Applications for autumn 2024 open in July

Get the tools to create a powerful whole-school literacy strategy.

Benefits

Develop as a specialist in your role 

Gain an understanding of the core principles behind developing language, reading and writing, get practical tools and guidance to lead your school’s approach to literacy, and collaborate with other leaders in similar roles.

Gain the skills for successful leadership 

Build the expertise to effectively develop others and lead a powerful whole school literacy strategy.

Learn to effectively support colleagues 

Develop the skills to help colleagues develop literacy across the curriculum – without creating unnecessary workload.

Free one-to-one support and coaching 

If you work in a school serving disadvantaged communities, you can apply for our free one-to-one support which runs alongside the NPQ in Leading Literacy (NPQLL). This free support comes in the form of an experienced former school leader who will coach and guide you throughout the programme. You can apply for this additional support in your application. If you're applying through one of our delivery partners, please check with them whether you're eligible for this support.

Join a passionate network striving for educational equality 

Share experiences with other school leaders, learn how they’ve faced similar challenges and build a professional network that will support you throughout your career. 

Interested in an NPQ?

Register your interest

Applications open for our autumn 2024 intake in July. Register to be notified when applications open.

Need more information?

Frequently asked questions


If you can’t find the information you need, please contact us.

Looking for a different leadership programme?

Programme

Is the NPQLL programme for me?

This programme is for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase.

How does the NPQLL work?

This 15-month programme (12 months’ delivery and three months for assessment) consists of a series of modules based on the DfE’s NPQ frameworks. Each module cycle features:  

  • evidence-based online content to refresh and build knowledge, as well as exemplify what this looks like for your role and level of leadership 
  • a formative assessment task to support your learning 
  • a face-to-face seminar with a group of peers, facilitated by a serving school leader or Teach First Development Lead – you’ll analyse and reflect on the task and hear further examples of good practice 
  • the opportunity to record reflections and consolidate learning

This cycle repeats throughout the programme, with implementation a consideration in every module. Towards the end of the programme, you’ll also take a module focused specifically on effective implementation. This provides an opportunity to plan a strategic improvement, focused on your context and pupils. There will be ongoing support through a seminar group and discussion forum. 

During the Practical Implementation cycle, programme members will be required to put learning into practice and implement an improvement, or plan the implementation of an improvement, in their setting based on the NPQ programme they are working towards. The focus will be identified by the programme member and must be level appropriate.

This improvement should be a stretching professional development target within the programme member’s existing role. For aspiring specialist and leadership programme members, the school/employer should support them to implement an improvement at the aspiring level. The allocation of learning time is five hours so any implementation focus should be feasible within the timeframe.  

What will I learn? 

You’ll develop the knowledge, skills and expertise to lead effective approaches to developing literacy and supporting children’s reading and writing at all stages. This will include leading and developing others to improve children’s literacy. 

Our content is informed by the best and most recent evidence and developed with input from school leaders and subject matter experts. 

Our programmes have a practical focus. You’ll be supported to make small but important changes to your and others’ practice throughout the programme. This will conclude with the implementation module and practical implementation cycle of the programme. 

Find out more about the DfE’s NPQLL content framework: 

Download framework (PDF)

What are the training commitments? 

The programme is designed to fit around your teaching and other school commitments. Over the course of the whole programme (spread over three terms), you’ll undertake approximately 55 hours of learning. This includes a combination of seminars, online learning modules, conferences and a practical implementation cycle. 

How will I be assessed? 

At the end of the programme, you will complete your summative NPQ assessment during a fixed 8-day window. Your assessment submission is a written response to a case study related to the content covered in your NPQ, and is an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the NPQ Framework. Detailed dates will be shared with you before the start of the programme.

In order to be eligible to complete the assessment, you will need to have engaged with at least 90% of the course content both online and in-person. Diagnostic tasks contribute 30%, reflective tasks 20%, and attendance at events 50% to this total.

The assessment process for all NPQs has been refreshed to reduce the workload burden on teachers while still providing an opportunity to apply their knowledge. To pass the programme, you’ll need to evidence at least 90% of the course and pass one summative assessment.

At the start of your training, we’ll also provide you with the dates of the Summative Assessment so you can plan for this with your school. The summative assessment will take the form of a case study. It will represent a likely situation that a leader might encounter at the relevant NPQ qualification level. The summative assessment is designed to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the relevant NPQ framework and how this can be applied to school improvement.

You will have an eight-day window to provide a written response of a maximum of 1500 words for the case study. It is an ‘open book’ approach so you can refer back to your course materials when completing your response.

Interested in an NPQ?

Register your interest

Applications open for our autumn 2024 intake in July. Register to be notified when applications open.

Need more information?

Frequently asked questions


If you can’t find the information you need, please contact us.

Looking for a different leadership programme?

leading lit 1

Cost

Cost: £899

DfE scholarship funding 

A limited number of DfE scholarship funded places will be available to teachers and leaders from:  

  • the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding  
  • the 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage  

For further information and guidance, please see the information on funding for NPQs on the GOV.UK website.

Interested in an NPQ?

Register your interest

Applications open for our autumn 2024 intake in July. Register to be notified when applications open.

Need more information?

Frequently asked questions


If you can’t find the information you need, please contact us.

Looking for a different leadership programme?

leading lit 2

Apply

Is my school eligible? 

While NPQs are open to all teachers and leaders in schools in England, we prioritise working with schools that teach a high number of pupils from low-income backgrounds.

Our criteria are agreed with the Department for Education (DfE) and used to identify schools that will benefit most from working with us. We use the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) and pupil premium (PP) information for each school to guide us.

We work with schools that are ranked in the top 70% most deprived areas (based on IDACI) and where the proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium is in the top 50% of all state-funded schools.

If your school is affiliated to one of our NPQ delivery partners, your school is automatically eligible to take part. Contact the relevant delivery partner for further information. 

If you’re not sure whether your school is eligible, or if you think your school would benefit from our support but doesn’t match the standard eligibility criteria above, please contact us.

When does the programme start?

The next programme starts in autumn 2024.

How can I apply?

Applications open in July 2024 for our autumn intake. 

Register below to be notified when you can apply.

Register your interest

If you have already been in contact with one of our delivery partners, please continue to liaise with them on your next steps.

Need more information?

Frequently asked questions

Looking for a different NPQ programme?

leading lit 3

Our leadership programmes

Great leaders drive successful schools. Our world-class training gives those eager to step up and help their schools and pupils thrive the tools and networks to do it.

A teacher smiling at one of their pupils.

Explore our bank of resources, shared by our community of teachers and schools

Copy to clipboard caution chat check-off check-on close cog-off cog-on down first-page home-off home-on info last-page mail minus mobile more next pdf person play plus prev question radio-off radio-on return search trail up filter facebook google+ LinkedIn twitter YouTube Instagram Share This TF_ECEF_lock-up_full col_RBG