New national professional qualifications launched for experienced teachers


Two new specialist qualifications for experienced teachers will focus on behaviour management and pupil wellbeing, as well as developing teaching quality, education secretary Gavin Williamson has announced.

Making the announcement at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) conference, Mr Williamson said the new national professional qualifications (NPQs) will provide development routes for vastly experienced, yet “often overlooked” staff.

Of the two, one will target subject leads, providing training and development designed to enhance the quality of teaching practices.

The other qualification for “those whose roles include ensuring schools are calm and orderly places” will focus on behaviour management and pupil wellbeing.

Plans for five new NPQs were first announced in early 2019 as part of the Department for Education’s recruitment and retention strategy, although specific details were not released.

At the time, it was said they would focus on core teaching areas, including several areas of early careers training around assessment, curriculum expertise and behaviour.

A teacher developer NPQ will address some of these aspects and is designed to support the early career framework.

Mr Williamson added that some experienced teachers may not want to make the transition into headship and are “often overlooked”, something the new qualifications seek to address.

An expert panel is also in the process of reviewing all leadership NPQs to ensure they are fit for purpose.

Mr Williamson said he wants to ensure that professional development opportunities are available for teachers all over the UK, and not just limited to staff in London.

“These measures will create a golden thread running from initial teacher training through to school leadership, rooting teacher and leader development in the best available evidence,” he explained.

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