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If you have any questions about our NPQLTD, please contact Claire Prescott.


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NPQLTD Participant


We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Teacher Development Trust (TDT) to offer our Members the National Professional Qualification in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD), which has been contextualised specifically to support colleagues working in ITT partnerships. TDT have recently been graded as an Ofsted Outstanding provider.

The NPQLTD is a recommended qualification for Lead Mentors working within ITT partnerships, as set out in the DfE’s quality requirements for 2024. Undertaking this qualification through NASBTT will allow colleagues to work alongside a cohort of ITT professionals, contextualise the learning to our sector and share and build upon the extensive ITT expertise that exists within our membership.

To be eligible for scholarship funding for this qualification, the applicant must hold the role of ITT Lead Mentor and work with an accredited ITT provider.

We have a maximum of 60 places across our London and Liverpool cohorts for Autumn 2024. To prioritise our Members places on the course with be restricted to applicants within our membership only. Don't delay in applying as places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Expression of Interest

If you are a NASBTT Member and interested in joining our Autumn 2024 NPQLTD cohort please complete the expression of interest form below. You will then be notified when applications are open.

National Professional Qualification in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)

Suitable for: Those responsible for teacher development, contextualised specifically to support colleagues working in ITT partnerships
Length: 12 months
Study time: 55.5 to 65.5 hours of study, including three 4-hour face-to-face workshops, six online seminars and 30 to 40 hours of online study (depending on participant's prior experience). Please note our synchronous sessions will be held during core working hours.
Accreditation: NPQLTD
Programme start date: Autumn 2024
Location: We are running cohorts in London and Liverpool

  • Lead successful teacher progression and development in your ITT provider;
  • Gain a prestigious, government-backed qualification and make progress in your career;
  • Lead the development of staff through coaching, mentoring and designing the highest quality CPD programmes;
  • Learn flexibly around your job with a blend of online learning, virtual seminars and face-to-face workshops;
  • Ideal for those who have, or are aspiring to have, the role of Lead Mentor within an ITT provider.

Benefits for participants

  • A ground-breaking course for those who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their ITT provider;
  • Our NPQLTD qualification is aligned to the Chartered College of Teaching’s Chartered Teacher and Chartered Leader Status, providing a springboard for your next steps;
  • Work with an Ofsted Outstanding provider;
  • Develop expertise in supporting Initial Teacher Training and Early Career Teachers, as well as the wider development of all colleagues across the ITT Provider;
  • A blended learning experience which fits around your role where you learn and discuss key content online;
  • Virtual and face-to-face sessions that focus on real problem-solving, creating understanding, connecting with your peers and gaining depth of knowledge;
  • Ongoing preparation to give you confidence to pass the final assessment;
  • Facilitation and support from experienced practitioners.

Benefits for your organisation

  • A skilful and research-informed teacher development professional who can lead the golden thread of Initial Teacher Training, early career development and ongoing professional learning;
  • Practical capability for developing others with the skills to lead people and teams, creating change and impact;
  • A professionally aware and informed leader who can make evidence-based decisions and approach leading teacher development in an effective and efficient manner;
  • The ability to review and evaluate practice in order to bring about change and get the best outcomes for young people and staff within the organisation. 

A 12-month blend of flexible online learning, online discussion, virtual seminars and face-to-face workshops. This is followed by an eight-day assessment window where you will complete a 1,500-word case study assessment to demonstrate your understanding of real leadership and change.

TDT NPQLTD curriculum outline and delivery model

TDT's online modules guide you and your colleagues through understanding and implementing effective approaches to people-powered school improvement.

This specialist NPQ has an evidence-based curriculum design, connecting you to the latest research and best practice. The research-rich course covers all of the core content in the government’s framework for this qualification and this is aligned with core themes around effective communication, creating change, working with teams and managing yourself.

Key areas include:

  • Understanding the new Early Career Framework and effective teaching
  • Designing effective professional development programmes and environments
  • Delivering impactful training including coaching and mentoring
  • Creating effective change and implementation


  • The course fee is £899.00 (TBC).
  • To be eligible for funding for this qualification, the applicant must hold the role of ITT Lead Mentor and work with an accredited ITT provider.