NPQ in Leading Primary Mathematics (NPQLPM)

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Become an expert in developing mathematics in your school.

  • Develop as a specialist in your role.
  • Gain the skills for successful leadership.
  • Learn to support colleagues effectively.
  • Get free one-to-one support and coaching.
  • Join a passionate network striving for educational equality.
  • Access DfE scholarship funding (available to all state school teachers and leaders).
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Get the tools to create a powerful whole-school mathematics strategy.


Develop as a specialist in your role

Deepen your understanding of the core principles underpinning mastery approaches to teaching mathematics.

Extend your knowledge of how children learn the subject.

Gain practical tools and guidance to lead your school’s approach.

Collaborate with other leaders in similar roles.

Gain the skills for successful leadership

Build the skills to effectively develop others and lead a powerful whole-school mathematics strategy.

Learn to support colleagues effectively

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

Learn how to help colleagues develop evidence-informed mathematical teaching, focused on improving classroom teaching and outcomes for all pupils.

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 Primary Mathematics (NPQLPM).

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 extra support in your application.

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.

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Is the NPQLPM programme for me?

This programme is for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading mathematics across a school.

How does the NPQLPM 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, and 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.

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.

You’ll be required to put learning into practice and plan the implementation of an improvement in your setting based on the NPQ programme you’re working towards.

You’ll identify the focus, which must be level appropriate. This improvement should be a stretching professional development target within your existing role.

For aspiring specialist and leadership programme members, your school/employer should support you 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 that underpin effective leadership of mathematics.

This will include leading and guiding others to develop their approach to ‘mastery mathematics’, supporting pupils to build a deep understanding of concepts, secure number sense, and positive attitudes towards mathematics.

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.

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

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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 around 55 hours of learning.

This includes a combination of seminars, online learning modules, conferences and focused work on implementation.

How will I be assessed?

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.

At the end of the programme, you’ll complete your summative NPQ assessment during a fixed eight-day window. We’ll share detailed dates with you before the start of the programme.

Your assessment submission is a written response to a case study related to the content covered in your NPQ. It's an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the NPQ framework.

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 must pass the summative assessment to pass the NPQ.

To be eligible to complete the assessment, you'll 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.

In the eight-day window, you will provide a written response of a maximum of 1,500 words for the case study. It is an ‘open book’ approach, so you can refer to your course materials when completing your response.

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Cost: £901

DfE scholarship funding

Full DfE funding, with no cost to you or your employer, is available to staff from:

  • state-funded schools in England (local authority maintained schools, nurseries and academies)
  • state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England

You can do more than one NPQ, but will only be eligible for funding for each NPQ once.

If you withdraw or fail your course, you cannot get funded again for the same NPQ.

Additional support for small schools

Through its Targeted Support Fund, the DfE is offering additional payments to small schools to allow them to support their teachers and leaders to undertake NPQs.

For each teacher or leader they employ who takes an NPQ in the 2023 to 2024 academic year:

  • State-funded primary schools with one to 150 pupils will receive a grant payment of £800.
  • State-funded primary schools with more than 150 pupils will receive a grant payment of £200.
  • State-funded secondary schools and state-funded 16 to 19 educational settings with one to 600 pupils will receive a grant payment of £200.

Other settings eligible for scholarship funding

Organisations eligible to access scholarships also include:

  • independent special schools
  • virtual schools (local-authority-run organisations that support the education of children in care)
  • hospital schools not already included in other categories of eligible organisations
  • young offender institutions

If you feel you should be eligible for funding, contact for more information.

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Is my school Teach First 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 email us at

When does the programme start?

Spring 2024.

How can I apply?

Applications reopen in October.

When applications reopen, please follow these steps:

We or one of our delivery partners will be in touch with you within a few days to complete your application.

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