National Professional Qualification (NPQs)

The AMS is looking to support the leadership capabilities of hundreds of middle leaders, senior leaders, headteachers and executive leaders across the country.

In September 2021, a reformed suite of NPQs was made available to teachers and leaders. This suite of qualifications includes several improvements and additions.

The AMS has partnered with a DFE-accredited NPQ provider to provide leaders of our schools access to the full suite of NPQs on offer.

These courses can either be self-funded or accessed as an apprenticeship. NB: Apprenticeship training can be from Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) through to Level 7 (Masters). 

The costing of these courses varies, please visit: to get further information around the costs of the individual NPQs. 

The benefits of undertaking an NPQ include:

Recognised Qualification

Focused on delivering improved outcomes for young people

Connect with your peers

Flexible learning to suit your timetable

NPQs currently available:

The 4 NPQs in specialist areas of teaching have been designed with both classroom teachers and leaders in mind. They are:

  • Leading Teacher Development– Learn how to become a teacher educator and successfully support teachers in your school to expand their skills
  • Leading Teaching– Learn how to lead the teaching and learning of a subject, year group or phase
  • Leading Behaviour and Culture– Learn how to create a culture of good behaviour and high expectations in which staff and pupils can thrive
  • Leading Literacy – Learn how to effectively teach and promote literacy across the whole school, year group, key stage or phase

The Leadership NPQs are:

  • Senior Leadership– Develop your leadership knowledge and expertise to improve outcomes for teachers and pupils in your school
  • Headship– Develop the knowledge that underpins expert school leadership and apply it to become an outstanding headteacher
  • Executive Leadership– Develop the expertise you need to become an outstanding executive leader, leading change and improvement across your group of schools or multi-academy trust
  • Early Years Leadership– Develop expertise in leading high-quality early years education and care, as well as effective staff and organisational management

Application Process

1) Click on the apply button below

2) Complete the initial enquiry form

3) When the new cohort opens, we will contact you to complete the main application form

4) Submit main application form

5) You will be advised if you have been successful

There will be two opportunities during the academic year 2023/2024 for applicants to apply. The intake for Autumn 2023 will close 8th October 2023 and the intake for Spring 2024 cohort will open 9th October 2023 and close late January 2024.

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