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National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture

OneCornwall and LSSW are delivering the NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture in partnership with the National Institute of Teaching (NIoT)

Is the NPQLBC for me?

The NPQLBC is designed for ambitious teachers and leaders, including behaviour-management leads and SENDCOs, who want to be involved in developing and implementing behaviour and well-being strategies at their school.

Developed by teachers for teachers, the programme will harness the NIoT’s leading research and putting it to immediate, practical use. Because our programme has been designed by teachers, there will be no time wasted: it will provide only the information essential to helping you do your job efficiently, effectively and in a way that inspires pupils to succeed.

What can I expect? 

A culture of high expectations and good behaviour provides the foundations for everything that school is about: effective learning and pupil well-being.

Our NPQLBC will provide access to cutting-edge research, developed by people who know what teachers need. You’ll be supported in putting this into practice, learning to develop and implement behaviour strategies in your school.

You will learn to create the conditions for good behaviour, and gain the confidence to support colleagues in the classroom. You will also spend time exploring the link between pupil well-being and behaviour. And you will learn to deal with complex behaviour needs, including how to respond to – and prevent – bullying.

At the heart of it all will be your pupils. Everything you learn will help ensure that your pupils flourish and are able to live the fullest and most successful lives they possibly can.


  • Essential knowledge: There is no fluff – every minute spent working towards an NPQLBC will enable you to make a greater impact in your job.
  • Research-informed practice: You’ll have access to the latest and best evidence of what works in education, and will be able to apply this to engaging pupils, motivating staff and reducing disruption in the classroom.
  • Create a positive culture: You’ll learn to develop school-wide systems to support pupils. This will enable staff to teach to the best of their ability and will allow pupils to flourish.
  • Community of educators: You’ll be part of a diverse community of educators, all learning from one another during the course – and potentially afterwards, too.
  • Fulfilment: The better and more knowledgeable you are at your job, the more enjoyable and exciting you will find it – and that enthusiasm will be passed on to your pupils.

Why study with the NIoT?

We are a new, pioneering institute, representing a diverse community of schools. We have worked with teachers and teacher-educators who are specialists in their fields to develop an NPQLBC programme that specifically addresses the challenges facing teachers today.

It is an exciting time to be a teacher right now: there is an ever-increasing body of evidence of what works in education. We will be generating our own research, and putting those findings to immediate use in the classroom. We are part of a new school-led movement to change education – if you join us, you will be helping to shape the teaching profession. And you will be learning alongside similarly enthusiastic teachers, building networks and forging connections.

We are rooted in schools. We know the unpredictability of school life – the day-to-day challenges that teachers face. Our time-efficient NPQLBC has been drawn up specifically to meet the needs of time-poor, commitment-heavy teachers. Teachers know best what teachers need – our programme will give you only the information essential to providing the best education possible for your pupils.


What you’ll learn

  • How to create a culture of high expectations, and the impact this could have on school outcomes
  • How to create the right conditions for good behaviour, including how to implement effective behaviour-management systems
  • How to deal with complex behavioural needs, and how to prevent and respond to bullying
  • How to develop effective professional development related to behaviour and school culture
  • How to implement evidence-based improvement plans

How you’ll learn

The programme is made up of 5 modules, studied over 12 months. Each module includes a combination of self-study units, locally delivered in-person sessions, online masterclasses delivered by specialists, practice clinics and virtual visits to a school.

What are the training commitments?

There are two or three scheduled events every half-term, some online and some in-person, and around six to eight hours of self-study.

How will I be assessed? 

In order to receive NPQLBC accreditation, participants will need to complete the programme and achieve a pass mark in a written, ‘open book’ style, structured assessment of up to 1,500 words.

We will support participants with writing clinics before they embark on gaining their accreditation.

The assessment itself takes place over an eight-day window. There are two assessment windows per year and participants have two opportunities to take part.  


NPQ funding academic year 24/25

The DfE have announced today 21.3.24 the NPQ funding for NPQs starting in the Autumn 2024.

You can find further information here and on our Funding page

Lead providers have yet to publish the cost of undertaking a non funded NPQ.

Making an application


Before making an application, please contact us at 

It is important to collect together the information that you will require prior to starting the application form. 

Teacher Reference Number (TRN)

In order to apply for an NPQ you will need to have a TRN. If you already have one but have forgotten it, or you do not have a TRN, you will need to contact the DfE for clarification. You are able to request a TRN even if you do not hold QTS. We have attached a guidance sheet below which will take you through this process.

Find out more about the NPQ programmes.

Are you a colleague looking for more information about NPQs?

We are happy to arrange a virtual meeting with you to discuss an NPQ or NPQs. Please email our dedicated NPQ email to arrange an appointment with one of the team. 

Are you looking for a delivery solution for your MAT or group of schools?

OneCornwall is able to support bespoke NPQ cohorts for individual MATs or groups of schools. We are happy to arrange a virtual meeting with you to discuss your specific needs. Please email our dedicated NPQ email to arrange an appointment with one of the team. 

Dedicated NPQ email