National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour & Culture

EKLA is both delighted and excited to be able to announce that we will be delivering the new NPQs in partnership with LLSE and Thames Gateway Teaching School Hub.

The National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) provide training and support for teachers and school leaders at all levels, from those who want to develop expertise in high quality teaching practice, such as behaviour management, to those leading multiple schools across trusts.

The reformed NPQ frameworks continue the robust method of design and development, building on the evidence base and expert guidance already established in the ECF and the ITT Core Content Framework. The content of the frameworks and their underpinning evidence have been independently assessed and endorsed by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

They complete the golden thread, running from initial teacher training through to school leadership, rooting teacher and school leader development in the best available evidence and collective wisdom of the profession.

The new programmeswill be available from November 2021.

Currently as we are still waiting for confirmation from the DfE, full applications cannot be accepted yet, but if you would like to express your interest in undertaking one of the NPQs then please register on the LLSE website using the link below. You will then be alerted once the window for formal applications is open.

who is it for?

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

The DfE NPQLBC Framework can be found here.

Areas of Study

  • Effective teaching
  • School Culture
  • Enabling conditions for good behaviour
  • Complex behavioural needs
  • Professional development
  • Effective implementation

Delivery Model

A flexible and accessible blended learning model combining in-person workshops, online seminars, webinars and a range of independently organised learning activities and peer networking.

Face to face workshops Opportunities to bring learning to life in your context, reflect with other professionals and benefit from expert facilitation.  12 hrs 
 Seminars In person facilitated online learning to complement in-school implementation and private study.  7.5hrs
 Coaching The opportunity to unleash your strengths and engage in focussed professional dialogue about your development.  4.5hrs
Webinars Engage with virtual learning aligned to your subject / phase / context allowing for increased specialisation in the content covered. 6hrs
Self-Directed Study Engage with a wide range of online content including the EEF evidence base materials. 6hrs
Communities of Practice Establish and build a community of likeminded leaders serving in your locality as well as participating in regional and national groups where applicable. 4.5hrs
Self-Audit Working with your coach and other colleagues to review your development as your progress through the course. 3hrs
Formative Assessment Opportunities to reflect on the progress you make as you learn more and can do more as a result of your participation and engagement with the NPQ materials. 1.5hrs 
Case Study Supporting you to apply your learning and implement change in your own context utilising an evidence informed approach. 6hrs


Formative assessment takes place throughout the programme, helping you understand the progress you are making, and facilitators to adapt your learning experiences.

Summative assessment takes the form of a 1500-word response to a case study, completed in a single 8-day window at the end of your programme. The assessment will give you the opportunity to demonstrate how you would deploy the knowledge, skills and understanding gained through the NPQ to lead and implement a specific aspect of change.

Further information about assessment can be found here.


The taught elements of your NPQLBC course will take place over a 12 month period. This will be followed by the completion of your summative assessment which must be submitted within an 8 day period following completion of your course. The whole of the assessment process including submission of your summative assessment, marking and moderation will take a total of 3 months.

If you join a November 21 start cohort, the taught elements of your course will be complete by November 2022. The following assessment period to include submission, marking and moderation will be complete by February 2023.

If you join a February 2022 start cohort, the taught elements of your course will be complete by February 2023. The following assessment period to include submision, marking and moderation will be complete by May 2023.

Funding and eligibility criteria

Full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant, for the NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture is available to all teachers who meet the following criteria:

  • have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school
  • work in a state-funded school in England that is within the top 30th percentile in relation to pupils on pupil premium as of the end of the previous academic year




Expressions of interest via LLSE - Leadership Learning Southeast click on apply now.





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