New! National Professional Qualification in Leading Literacy (NPQLL)

Register now for Autumn 2022 cohort

Register for an NPQ with the Hub | Register your interest here.

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
  • Access the latest evidence-based learning in literacy development
  • Support colleagues to champion literacy
  • Grow your peer network

Why Ambition Institute & Northamptonshire Teaching School Hub?

This new, fully funded NPQ will help you learn the essential knowledge and skills to successfully lead high quality, literacy development and teaching in your school.

Our approach uses the latest research to help you put your learning into practice. You’ll train alongside other literacy leaders with similar responsibilities.

This is a new National Professional Qualification (NPQ) developed by the Department for Education (DfE). Each of the new NPQs share the same common language and framework to help drive improvement across schools and other educational settings.

With no project work and minimal time out of school, this NPQ is designed to fit around your busy timetable.

What the Hub can do for you

  • As your local Teaching School Hub, we have been designated to deliver the DfE's golden thread of professional development to schools and early years settings in Northamptonshire.
  • Ambition Institute provides high-quality content and materials, built on experience in schools and other learning environments, and a deep knowledge of evidence and practice.
  • With our team of expert Visiting Fellows, we put this knowledge into context and our friendly team support and manage your experience on the programme, from facilitation to day-to-day support.

Benefits for you

  • 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 | Become a true champion of literacy. You’ll develop a thorough understanding of how you can improve literacy in your subject, phase and school, using the latest evidence-based research.
  • 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 teaching role and can be completed in bite-size chunks around your existing schedule.
  • Tailor your training | The programme allows you to apply theory to your school context.

Benefits for your school

  • Build brighter futures | By expertly championing 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 work on applying learning and improving literacy across your school and different subject areas – and support colleagues to do this too.
  • Create a ‘golden thread’ | The new NPQs are all aligned. Your literacy leaders will benefit from an evidence-based framework with a common language which they can pass on to their colleagues.
  • Put knowledge into practice | This programme gives literacy leaders a comprehensive and accessible evidence base. This allows them to bridge the gap between what they know and how to apply it effectively in your school, to improve literacy and outcomes for pupils.
  • Invest in your leaders | By aligning staff professional development with wider school improvement priorities, you can make sure all pupils have access to high quality literacy support in their education.


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

Over 18 months, this includes:

  • Two live conferences (each lasting six hours)
  • Nine courses (each course lasts six weeks)
  • Each course includes six modules
  • 54 insight and practice modules (completed at a time that suits you)
  • Seven two-hour online clinics (facilitated sessions)
  • One two-hour assessment clinic
  • Nine online communities (one-hour group sessions)

What you’ll learn

This programme follows the Department for Education’s National Professional Qualification: Leading Literacy Framework. You will:

  • Learn how to support staff, of all subject specialisms, to develop pupils’ language and literacy skills
  • Learn how pupils develop aspects of literacy, including:

understanding how children learn to talk, and how developing effective spoken language supports literacy development at every age and stage

understanding how children learn to become fluent readers and how teachers can help with this, from primary all the way through to secondary

exploring the importance of subject-specific vocabulary and different strategies to teaching this

knowing how to support pupils' writing – whether learning to write in primary school, through to writing academically at key stage five

  • Learn how to support, develop and teach pupils literacy using evidence-informed approaches
  • Learn how to lead literacy through curriculum, culture and motivation
  • Understand how effective literacy education can support your school
  • Contribute to effective professional development for literacy, linking it to teaching, the curriculum and assessment across the school.

Note: programme content is subject to change.

How you’ll learn

Each of the six courses within the programme is taught through a combination of independent self-study modules, a facilitated live clinic, and a peer-led community session. The programme starts with a one-day live conference.


The assessment window starts at the end of the 18-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.

  • There are two assessment windows every year, and you can sit the assessment twice, if you need to.
  • You need to complete the course to qualify for the NPQ accreditation.

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


We expect this programme to be free to all state schools or organisations that offer 16-19 places in England.

  • Register your interest if you are, or are aspiring to be, a literacy leader
  • Work in a state-funded school, or organisation that offers education to 16-19-year-olds in England.

We will let you know as soon as we have more information.

If you do not work in an eligible school, the National Professional Qualification in Leading Literacy costs £900 plus VAT.

If you meet the criteria above, you will also need to register for your NPQ using the DfE’s online registration portal.


We are now welcoming interest in our Autumn 2022 NPQ cohorts. Fill out this quick enquiry form and will be in touch when applications are open (subject to final contract agreement with the Department for Education).

  • To apply, you must be leading, or aspiring to lead, literacy in any phase of education. For example, you might be a head of literacy or literacy coordinator at your school or multi-academy trust.

You can register your interest here.

If you have any questions, email and a member of our team will be in touch with next steps.