NPQ Programme Design and Assessment


NPQ programme Design and Assessment

All NPQs are now fully funded by the government. 


Qualification   Type

Taught Course Duration Summative Assessment Period  Total Duration 


Specialist NPQs


12 Months  3 Months  15 Months 




18 Months  3 Months  21 Months 




18 Months with flexibility to extend up to 6 months for teachers new to Headship  3 Months 

21 Months

Up to 27 Months for Teachers new to Headship 


NPQ Route Maps  


NPQ Specialist Route Map – November 2021 Cohort

Specialist Nov Road Map


NPQ SL & H Route Map – November 2021 Cohort

NPQSL.NPQ Nov Road Map


NPQ SL & H Route Map – February 2022 Cohort



NPQ Specialist Route Map – February 2022 Cohort

Specialist Feb Road Map


The process for each module:

  • Complete the NPQ audits. These will direct you as to what domain digests you need to focus your time on and the formative assessment tasks you need to complete.
  • Read the self-directed study (Domain digests & Case studies)
  • Complete the personal Learning Journal – reflections and 2 formative assessment tasks.
  • Attend your training – this will put your learning into context.
  • Meet with your line manager – they will check and confirm you are on track completing all the necessary documents.

Throughout the programme:  

Work on your implementation project

At the end of the programme:

You will have 8 days to complete a case study and submit it. It should take 20 hours to complete. To see further details about the case study please see this document:

NPQ Qual Doc

NPQ deadline and support sheet information

Cohort 1 November: 



Specialist NPQ

Cohort 2 February: 

NPQH Group A 

NPQH Group B



NPQ Specialist