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National Professional Qualification in Leading Literacy (NPQLL)

Do you want to improve literacy in your school and support young people to succeed across all curriculum areas? This programme offers you the essential knowledge to effectively lead literacy development and teaching in your context.

Poor literacy skills are a significant barrier for young people in progressing in all aspects of their education. Become an expert in literacy and leadership and enable young people to benefit from the curriculum to improve their chances of success.

  • Gain a National Profession Qualification (NPQ) in Leading Literacy
  • Support colleagues to champion literacy
  • Access the latest evidence-based learning in literacy development
  • Grow your peer network

What are National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)?

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are the most widely recognised qualifications in the education sector for current and aspiring leaders. NPQs are open to all teachers and leaders in schools in England and Wales.

What our teachers will learn:

  • Gain a National Profession Qualification (NPQ) in Leading Literacy
  • Support colleagues to champion literacy
  • Access the latest evidence-based learning in literacy development
  • Grow your peer network

Benefits to our schools:

  • One of a series of new, specialist NPQs
  • Create confident teacher leaders
  • Attract and retain staff.

Why were the NPQs reformed?

The reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) offer teachers and leaders clearer development opportunities and career progression. These qualifications will build on key areas of the Early Career Framework (ECF), allowing for further specialisation and development of expertise and help prepare teachers and leaders for the next step in their careers.

The reformed qualifications aim to:

  • Help teachers hone and develop the skills they already have, helping them to become more effective leaders inside and outside the classroom and improving overall teaching quality.
  • Retain high-calibre teachers by offering clearer development opportunities and career progression.

Why this programme?

Accredited NPQ Provider

Ambition Institute has designed this ground-breaking new NPQ to help you develop the knowledge and expertise to lead teacher development at your school.

The programme uses the latest evidence-based learning and shows you how to put your findings into practice in your school setting. You will train alongside other teachers with similar responsibilities.

The new and reformed NPQs have been developed as a complete series, sharing a common language. This means you can have confidence that all the educators in your school are building and developing their knowledge from the same evidence-based framework.

We know that teachers’ schools’ and trusts’ needs vary. So its programmes are designed with flexibility in mind and can be completed at a time that suits you best and fits in with your existing role. Through Steplab, the innovative personal development platform built for teachers, by teachers, you will have access to your modules and practice activities to help you get better faster.

Make a real difference

This programme will help you to offer all children in your school access to high-quality literacy in their education.

Excel at literacy leadership

You’ll develop a thorough understanding of how you can improve literacy in your subject, phase and school. This will come from accessing the latest evidence in literacy development.

Build a network

You’ll have the opportunity to connect with other literacy leaders, sharing your experiences and building a strong support network.

Learn at your own pace

This programme is designed to fit with your busy role and can be completed in bite-size chunks around your existing timetable.

Tailor your training

the latest research and evidence on literacy leadership to your school context.

Build brighter futures

By improving leading literacy leadership in your school, you can make sure that every young person has the literacy skills to succeed across all curriculum areas.

Improve literacy at all levels

Participants will develop extensive knowledge of how to effectively lead and improve literacy provision across your school and different subject areas – and support colleagues to do this too.

Create a ‘golden thread’

Your literacy leaders will benefit from an evidence-based NPQ framework with a common language that they can share with colleagues.

Put knowledge into practice

With a comprehensive evidence base, your literacy leaders can bridge the gap between what they know and how to apply it effectively in your school, improving literacy and educational outcomes for pupils.

Invest in your leaders

By aligning staff professional development with wider school improvement priorities, you can give all pupils access to high-quality literacy support in their education.

What you’ll learn


Our programmes are designed so you can engage in live, facilitated sessions alongside modules you can complete at any time.

The launch conference for the Ambition central cohort will be held on Thursday 3 November and will run from 10 am-5 pm. This event will take place in person and will be held in Coventry. The venue details will be provided during your onboarding.

Over 12 months, our NPQLL includes:

  • One full-day conference.
  • Six courses (each course lasts six weeks).
  • Each course includes six modules.
  • Five two-hour clinics (facilitated sessions).
  • One two-hour assessment clinic.
  • Six communities (one-hour group sessions).

How you’ll learn

The content is delivered through blended learning. This includes a mix of real-time, interactive online sessions and self-guided modules you complete in your own time. You will be encouraged to put what you learn into practice and track your progress as you go.

Note: programme content is subject to change.


There is no project work required for this NPQ.

The assessment window starts at the end of the 12-month programme and runs for three months. During this time, you’ll be given an eight-day window to sit an ‘open book’ style assessment in which you respond to a short case study.

We will offer a webinar and live clinic in advance of the assessment window to support you.

You need to complete the programme to qualify for NPQ accreditation.