Leeds Trinity University will be delivering the following National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) from February 2022 in partnership with the Church of England Educational Office.

NPQ in Senior Leadership

This qualification is for teachers who are or are aspiring to be a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.

The aim of the NPQSL is to enable participants to develop the relevant expertise and provide approaches to enable continuous improvement across the school.  

Following completion of the NPQSL, participants will have covered the following ten areas:

  1. School Culture
  2. Teaching
  3. Curriculum and Assessment
  4. Behaviour
  5. Additional and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  6. Professional Development
  7. Organisation Management
  8. Implementation
  9. Working in Partnership
  10. Governance and Accountability

To find out more please visit this link to the National Professional Qualification (NPQ) Senior Leadership Framework.


NPQ in Leading Teaching

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

The aim of the NPQLT is to provide the participant with expertise and approaches that, through working with their colleagues, enable their school to keep improving and contribute to a culture in which staff and pupils are all able to thrive.  

Following completion of the NPQLT, participants will have covered the following nine areas:

  1. Teaching
  2. School Culture
  3. How Pupils Learn
  4. Subject and Curriculum
  5. Classroom Practice
  6. Adaptive Teaching
  7. Assessment
  8. Professional Development
  9. Implementation

To find out more read the National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Teacher Development Framework.

Course dates and information

Both courses will begin in February 2022 and run as follows:

  • NPQ in Senior Leadership: 21 months comprising 20 hours of self-led study, 44 hours of live teaching, 12 hours of coaching.
  • NPQ in Leading Teaching: 15 months comprising 20 hours of self-led study, 28 hours of live teaching, 8 hours of coaching.


Teachers and leaders employed in state-funded schools and state-funded organisations that offer 16-19 places in England will be able to access fully funded NPQs from Autumn 2021,

Access to funding requires all participants to be registered with the Teaching Regulation Agency. You can check and update your record via the Teaching Regulation Agency Self-Service Portal.

How to Register

Staff wishing to undertake an NPQ must be sponsored by a senior member of staff who will be asked to authorise their application.

Each individual staff member will need to register their application via the DfE’s online service.

Visit the Gov.uk Register for a National Professional Qualification page to register.

You will be asked to provide the following information:

1) DfE Form

  1. Select provider: to train with Leeds Trinity University please select The  Church of England,
  2. select the course (either NPQ Leading teaching or NPQ Senior leader).
  3. enter your TRN and School URL

2) Application Form

  • choose the geographic area:  Area 2: North East (B) (Yorkshire)

3) Send the link to the completed application form to your sponsor.

  • Sponsor to endorse the application


We hope to be able to work with you and your staff to develop your leaders of the future. If you have any questions please contact Catherine Bell by email: c.bell@leedstrinity.ac.uk.