DfE names providers for new school leader NPQs

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The Department for Education has named nine organisations that will be lead providers for its reformed national professional qualifications (NPQs).

The Ambition Institute, Education Development Trust, Harris Federation, Teach First and UCL Institute of Education are among those picked to deliver the qualifications.

Following reforms, there will be six new NPQs on offer from September – in executive leadership, headship, leading behaviour and culture, “leading teacher”, senior leadership and leading teaching.

Plans for a new suite of NPQs were announced in early 2019, in the hope that the boost to professional development and training would keep teachers in schools for longer.

The DfE said its nine lead providers had been “chosen by a fair and open procurement process”, and would be subject to quality assurance through Ofsted inspection “to ensure the best support for schools and teachers”.

Ofsted’s role will be “distinct from and not apply to the current suite of NPQs”, which will continue to be quality assured by Tribal “until contract closure in August 2022”.


The 9 providers

Ambition Institute

Best Practice Network (home of Outstanding Leaders Partnership)

Church of England

Education Development Trust

Harris Federation

Leadership Learning South East

Teacher Development Trust

Teach First

UCL Institute of Education

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