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The Vantage Teaching School Hub are working with the Education Development Trust to provide the full suite of specialist and leadership NPQs starting in Autumn 2021.

Our evidence-informed NPQs are designed to meet the real needs of schools and leaders. By using local leaders to develop content and facilitate the face-to-face elements of training we ensure that all our materials and delivery are relevant, engaging and impactful. We pay close attention to workload and wellbeing, with a range of resources and support available for all, particularly new headteachers.

A blended approach to learning ensures that our NPQs are flexible and fit around the busy lives of school leaders. A mix of face-to-face delivery, webinars and guided self-study ensure candidates have the greater flexibility when engaging in their professional learning.

For teachers taking their first steps into specialist leadership roles, our Specialist NPQs support practitioners towards mastery in relevant expertise, giving them the knowledge and tools to develop others and extend their influence beyond their own classrooms.

Our Leadership NPQs guide experienced and aspiring leaders through learning that examines the three layers of influence: school culture; the organisational conditions which bring this culture to life; and how these conditions can promote excellent teaching in every classroom.

For more information on the design principles of our suite of NPQs please visit Education Development Trust

Register your interest in an NPQ here

Please use the drop-down links below to find more information on each of our Specialist and Leadership NPQs.

National Professional Qualification for Leading Teacher Development

NPQLTD is 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.

NPQLTD brochure

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Overview

Duration 12 months (plus 3-month window for Summative Assessment)
Number of Modules 5 Blocks
Face to Face training (F2F) 10 hours
  • 2 x 5-hr training events led by local lead trainer
(First F2F event in Block 1, second F2F event in Block 5)
Online Training (webinars)

15 hours

  • mix of live and recorded webinars
  • 4 x 2-hour sessions delivered by a local lead trainer as live webinars
  • other 7 hours produced centrally as recorded webinars
Self-study (online) 30 hours
Tutoring Includes 1 x introductory call & ongoing tutoring support provided by a local lead trainer
Total input time 55 hrs (not including tutoring time)

Module Overview

Each NPQ begins with a Leading improvement Block (module). This is designed to introduce our approach to capacity development (professional development) and managing improvement (implementation), and elements of this approach are then systematically embedded in later Blocks to ensure that participants engage in purposeful practice of key principles of evidence-based implementation.

Specialist NPQs then follow four further modules across the themes of: Underpinning principles; Developing others; Furthering your specialism; Embedding in practice.

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4 Block 5
Leading improvement Underpinning principles Developing others Furthering your specialism Embedding in practice
  Principles of effective teaching Designing effective professional development Teaching and adapting Evaluation and continuous improvement

National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture

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

NPQLBC brochure

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Overview

Duration 12 months (plus 3-month window for Summative Assessment)
Number of Modules 5 Blocks
Face to Face training (F2F) 10 hours
  • 2 x 5-hr training events led by local lead trainer
(First F2F event in Block 1, second F2F event in Block 5)
Online Training (webinars)

15 hours

  • mix of live and recorded webinars
  • 4 x 2-hour sessions delivered by a local lead trainer as live webinars
  • other 7 hours produced centrally as recorded webinars
Self-study (online) 30 hours
Tutoring Includes 1 x introductory call & ongoing tutoring support provided by a local lead trainer
Total input time 55 hrs (not including tutoring time)

Module Overview

Each NPQ begins with a Leading improvement Block (module). This is designed to introduce our approach to capacity development (professional development) and managing improvement (implementation), and elements of this approach are then systematically embedded in later Blocks to ensure that participants engage in purposeful practice of key principles of evidence-based implementation.

Specialist NPQs then follow four further modules across the themes of: Underpinning principles; Developing others; Furthering your specialism; Embedding in practice.

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4 Block 5
Leading improvement Underpinning principles Developing others Furthering your specialism Embedding in practice
  Effective behaviour management From classroom to school: enabling conditions Complex behavioural needs Working in partnership to deliver changes

National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching

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

NPQLT brochure

Start the NPQLT application process

Overview

Duration 12 months (plus 3-month window for Summative Assessment)
Number of Modules 5 Blocks
Face to Face training (F2F) 10 hours
  • 2 x 5-hr training events led by local lead trainer
(First F2F event in Block 1, second F2F event in Block 5)
Online Training (webinars)

15 hours

  • mix of live and recorded webinars
  • 4 x 2-hour sessions delivered by a local lead trainer as live webinars
  • other 7 hours produced centrally as recorded webinars
Self-study (online) 30 hours
Tutoring Includes 1 x introductory call & ongoing tutoring support provided by a local lead trainer
Total input time 55 hrs (not including tutoring time)

Module Overview

Each NPQ begins with a Leading improvement Block (module). This is designed to introduce our approach to capacity development (professional development) and managing improvement (implementation), and elements of this approach are then systematically embedded in later Blocks to ensure that participants engage in purposeful practice of key principles of evidence-based implementation.

Specialist NPQs then follow four further modules across the themes of: Underpinning principles; Developing others; Furthering your specialism; Embedding in practice.

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4 Block 5
Leading improvement Underpinning principles Developing others Furthering your specialism Embedding in practice
  Ensuring every teacher knows how pupils learn Developing curriculum within your subject Developing effective classroom practice across your team Improving assessment/feedback

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership

NPQSL is for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.

NPQSL brochure

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Overview

Duration 18 months (plus 3-month window for Summative Assessment)
Number of Modules 4 Blocks
Face to Face training (F2F) 16 hours
  • 4 x 4-hr training events, led by local lead trainers
(one F2F event in each Block)
Online Training (webinars)

20 hours

  • mix of live and recorded webinars:
  • 4 x 2-hour sessions delivered by a local lead trainer as live webinars
  • other 7 hours produced centrally as recorded webinars
Self-study (online) 45 hours
Tutoring Includes 1 x introductory call & ongoing tutoring support provided by a local lead trainer
Total input time 81 hours (not including tutoring time

Module Overview

Each NPQ begins with a Leading improvement Block (module). This is designed to introduce our approach to capacity development (professional development) and managing improvement (implementation), and elements of this approach are then systematically embedded in later Blocks to ensure that participants engage in purposeful practice of key principles of evidence-based implementation.

Leadership NPQs then follow three further modules across the themes of: Culture; Conditions; Classrooms

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Leading improvement Culture Conditions Furthering your specialism
  Contributing to culture / improving behaviour Supporting decisionmaking / management Working with colleagues to improve teaching / curriculum / assessment

National Professional Qualification for Headship

NPQH is for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.

NPQH brochure

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Overview

Duration 18 months (plus 3-month window for Summative Assessment)
Number of Modules 4 Blocks
Face to Face training (F2F) 16 hours
  • 4 x 4-hr training events, led by local lead trainers
(one F2F event in each Block)
Online Training (webinars)

20 hours

  • mix of live and recorded webinars:
  • 4 x 2-hour sessions delivered by a local lead trainer as live webinars
  • other 7 hours produced centrally as recorded webinars
Self-study (online) 45 hours
Tutoring Includes 1 x introductory call & ongoing tutoring support provided by a local lead trainer
Total input time 81 hours (not including tutoring time

Module Overview

Each NPQ begins with a Leading improvement Block (module). This is designed to introduce our approach to capacity development (professional development) and managing improvement (implementation), and elements of this approach are then systematically embedded in later Blocks to ensure that participants engage in purposeful practice of key principles of evidence-based implementation.

Leadership NPQs then follow three further modules across the themes of: Culture; Conditions; Classrooms

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Leading improvement Culture Conditions Classroom
  Leading culture / behaviour across school Developing rigorous organisational management / governance Ensuring effective teaching / curriculum / assessment across school

Additional Support Offer for Head Teachers is for head teachers who meet all of the following criteria:

  • are in their first two years of headship
  • have either completed the reformed NPQH before taking up their first headship post or are currently taking the NPQH
  • are employed by an eligible school upon starting the training

Head teachers will work together in Communities of Practice locally, with opportunities to join the programme at four entry points each year. They will meet monthly in twilight sessions during termtime (10 sessions in total), benefiting from guided activities and professional dialogue as well as additional mentoring and a range of networking and collaboration opportunities.

Details of Additional Support Offer for Headteachers
EDT Provides... Vantage Teaching School Hub Provides...

-bespoke online diagnostic survey, assessing participant strengths, confidence & developmental needs

-training of Vantage TSH facilitators

-mechanisms for:

  • early headship peer review
  • enhanced collaboration, including online spaces for the Communities of Practice, for resource-sharing, posting & chat

10 monthly (term-time, twilight) 3-hour F2F Community of Practice sessions*, comprising

  • role-based practical problem-solving (60 mins whole-group discussion; 30 mins problem-solving)
  • guided professional dialogue (60 mins)
  • informal networking (30 mins)
  • additional mentoring support from facilitators, as needed

* 2 facilitators per CoP of max.14 participants, selected by Vantage TSH from trainers delivering NPQH

National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership

NPQEL is for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher or have a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools.

NPQEL brochure

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Overview

Duration 18 months (plus 3-month window for Summative Assessment)
Number of Modules 4 Blocks
Face to Face training (F2F) 16 hours
  • 4 x 4-hr training events, led by local lead trainers
(one F2F event in each Block)
Online Training (webinars)

20 hours

  • mix of live and recorded webinars:
  • 4 x 2-hour sessions delivered by a local lead trainer as live webinars
  • other 7 hours produced centrally as recorded webinars
Self-study (online) 45 hours
Tutoring Includes 1 x introductory call & ongoing tutoring support provided by a local lead trainer
6 hours’ 1:1 coaching for EL candidates
Total input time 81 hours (not including tutoring time

Module Overview

Each NPQ begins with a Leading improvement Block (module). This is designed to introduce our approach to capacity development (professional development) and managing improvement (implementation), and elements of this approach are then systematically embedded in later Blocks to ensure that participants engage in purposeful practice of key principles of evidence-based implementation.

Leadership NPQs then follow three further modules across the themes of: Culture; Conditions; Classrooms

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Leading improvement Culture Conditions Classroom
  Developing culture across a Trust Overseeing effective organisational management / governance Sustaining effective teaching / curriculum / assessment across Trust

Register your interest in this NPQ here