NPQ Leading Literacy

Access the Specialist NPQ in Leading Literacy at no cost!

Generate Teaching Hub is proud to be working with Teach First to deliver this fully funded National Professional Qualification in Leading Literacy to colleagues across Halton, Warrington and Wigan area.

The NPQ in Leading Literacy is designed for developing teachers who have responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase – click here for detailed information.

Generate Teaching Hub is coordinating local cohorts of teachers to complete the NPQ, using experienced school leaders from our trust local school partners as facilitators. This means you get to learn alongside your peers and build local links of support, advice and ideas.

The frameworks for the NPQs have been updated and expanded since Autumn 2021 and draw from the very latest evidence and research into pedagogy, behaviour, curriculum and more.

To best address the broad range of responsibilities of current and aspiring middle leaders, this is one of four specialist NPQs that have been introduced which support alternate career development. Key information on the NPQ in Leading Literacy includes:

  • Fully funded to state school teachers (see below);
  • A 15-month programme (12 months’ delivery and three months for assessment) consists of a series of modules based on the DfE’s NPQ frameworks.
  • Each module cycle features:
  • Evidence-based online content to refresh and build knowledge, as well as exemplify what this looks like for your role and level of leadership
  • A formative assessment task to support your learning
  • A face-to-face seminar with a group of peers, facilitated by a serving school leader or Teach First Development Lead – you’ll analyse and reflect on the task and hear further examples of good practice
  • The opportunity to record reflections and consolidate learning
  • Towards the end of the programme, you’ll also take a module focused specifically on effective implementation, providing an opportunity to plan a strategic improvement, focused on your context and pupils.

What will teachers attending Leading Literacy 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. The content is informed by the best and most recent evidence and developed with input from school leaders and subject matter experts.

With a practical focus to the programme, you will be supported to make small but important changes to your and others’ practice throughout the programme. This will conclude with the implementation module and practical implementation cycle of the programme.


In October 2021, the DfE announced all NPQs are fully funded for state school teachers until the year 2023/24. For other applicants, the price for this NPQ is £840. Teachers are eligible for the funding if they work in one of the following:

  • state-funded schools
  • state-funded 16 to 19 organisations
  • independent special schools
  • virtual schools (local authority run organisations that support the education of children in care)
  • hospital schools not already included in other categories of eligible organisations
  • young offender institutions
  • Local authority employed supply teachers will also be able to access scholarships.

How to Apply

1. To apply individual applicants must complete the application form here:

2. Confirm eligibility and register on the DfE portal here:

Applications are now open for the February 2024 cohort.
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