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The Alpha Teaching School Hub is proud to be working with the Best Practice Network to deliver the National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) to colleagues across Colchester, Ipswich, Tendring and Babergh.

The framework for the NPQs have been updated and refreshed for February 2021 and draw from the very latest evidence and research into pedagogy, behaviour, curriculum and more.

To best address the broad range of responsibilities of current and aspiring middle leaders, three new specialist NPQs have been introduced which support alternate career development.

National Professional Qualifications

What are the benefits?


  • The provider where you can use your apprenticeship levy for training

  • Exceeding DfE performance metrics

  • DfE rated exemplary input

  • 100% wrap around care and support

  • Best Practice Network are a provider who know schools and are ready to go in delivery of NPQ

  • Strong national partner-led model and proven infrastructure having supported 14,000+ NPQs

  • Programmes built on, and updated with, up to date research evidence

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Click on each heading for full details of each of the NPQs available:​

NPQ for Leading Teaching (NPQLT)

For those who are, or aspire to, lead teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.


NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)

For those who are, or aspire to, lead behaviour and culture and/or pupil well-being.

NPQ for Leading Literacy (NPQLL)D)
For those who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase.

NPQ for Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL) 

for leaders qualified to at least Level 3 with a full and relevant qualification who are, or are aspiring to be:

  • managers of Private, Voluntary and Independent nurseries

  • headteachers of school-based or maintained nurseries

  • childminders with leadership responsibilities

NPQ for Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)

For those who are, or aspire to, lead the development of other teachers.​


NPQ for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

For those who are, or aspire to be, senior leaders leading across a school.


NPQ for Headship (NPQH)

For those who are, or aspire to be, headteachers leading across a whole school.


NPQ for Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

For those who are, or aspire to be, executive leaders with responsibility across more than one school.

Need some help?

The team at Outstanding Leaders Partnership can be contacted through the livechat function of their website or you can send enquiries to

When registering please ensure you select Alpha Teaching School Hub from the drop down when prompted. This will help ensure your access to local delivery.

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