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National Professional Qualification in Leading Literacy

Is the NPQLL programme for me?

This programme is for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase.

How does the NPQLL work?

This 12-month programme consists of a series of six modules based on the DfE’s Leading Literacy NPQ framework.

  • Teaching
  • Developing Language
  • Developing Reading
  • Developing Writing
  • Professional Development
  • Implementation

Each module cycle features evidence-based online content, a short formative assessment task to support your learning and a face-to- face seminar with a group of peers, facilitated by a local serving school leader. You’ll also take a module focused specifically on effective implementation. This provides an opportunity to plan a strategic improvement, focused on your context and pupils.

Further details about the content of this NPQ can be found in the NPQLL core content framework

What will I learn?

You’ll develop the knowledge, skills and expertise to lead effective approaches to developing literacy and supporting children’s reading and writing at all stages. This will include leading and developing others to improve children’s literacy. Our content is informed by the best and most recent evidence and developed with input from school leaders and subject-matter experts.

What are the training commitments?

The programme is designed to fit around your teaching and other school commitments. Over the course of the whole programme (spread over three terms), you’ll undertake approximately 55 hours of learning. This includes a combination of online seminars, online learning modules, two face-to-face conferences and a practical implementation cycle. During the Practical Implementation cycle, programme members will be required to put learning into practice and implement an improvement, or plan the implementation of an improvement. The allocation of learning time for this is five hours, so any implementation focus should be feasible within the time-frame.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment process for all NPQs has been refreshed to reduce the workload burden on teachers while still providing an opportunity to apply their knowledge. To pass the programme, you’ll need to engage with at least 90% of the course and pass one summative assessment. This assessment will take the form of a case study (given to you) which is a minimum of 2000 words in length and will cover content referred to in the relevant NPQ Content Framework. It will represent a likely situation to be faced by a teacher at the relevant NPQ qualification level or role and will offer you an opportunity to demonstrate that you can successfully apply your learning from the programme. You will have an eight-day window to provide a written response of a maximum of 1500 words for the case study (unless adjustments are required on an individual basis) in an ‘open book’ setting.

You will receive the unseen case study question at the start of the eight-day window, and submit your response by midnight of the eighth day. At the start of your training, we’ll also provide you with the dates of the Summative Assessment, so you can plan for this with your school.


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 our 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