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Our NPQ Programmes


At LDST, we are proud to be one of the delivery partners for the Church of England NPQ Programmes. Whether you are a teacher looking to deepen your expertise or a school leader wanting to stretch yourself to the next transition in your career, we offer an NPQ programme, which is suitable for you. 


We now have 7 fully funded programmes to choose from in the suite of NPQs: 


  1. NPQH  
  2. NPQEL  
  3. NPQSL 
  4. NPQLBC 
  5. NPQLT 
  6. NPQLTD 
  7. Early Headship Coaching Offer 


What is an NPQ? 


Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE), National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are a nationally recognised suite of qualifications for teachers and school leaders at all levels; from those who want to develop expertise in high quality teaching practice, to those leading multiple schools across a trust or other group of schools. 


Teachers and leaders employed in state funded schools and state funded organisations including those that offer 16-19 places in England are able to access a fully funded NPQ. 


Why should I do an NPQ? 


In undertaking an NPQ you will: 

  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification; 
  • Learn from a rich programme centred on evidence-based practice; 
  • Be able to transfer your learning as and when you change schools; 
  • Complete your learning in a flexible way- both virtually and in regional face to face groups 


In addition, the revised suite of NPQs has been refreshed to reduce the workload burden on teachers and school leaders, while still enabling you to develop and apply your knowledge, skills and understanding both to your current school and to other contexts. 


Why complete your NPQ with the Church of England? 


Completing your NPQ with the Church of England (in partnership with the Catholic Education Service) will give you the added benefits of: 

  • Small group expert coaching for every leader on every programme, in partnership with Chartered College of Teaching and Leadership Matters; 
  • Learning alongside peers with shared commitment to vision-driven education (including focus on rural and small schools); 
  • Expert facilitators from across our trust supported by leading academics bringing the research base alive; 
  • Support for your wellbeing and personal growth through our extensive Peer Support Networks, and Diocesan Education teams. 


Our mission is to develop school leaders to be Called to a life-giving vocation, Connected to a thriving learning community, and Committed to evidence-informed excellence in education. 


For further information on how to apply for an NPQ please visit or contact Rob Fletcher, NPQ Regional Lead,


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