Leading Literacy (NPQLL)
"The NPQLL is a brilliant opportunity to develop your understanding of literacy teaching, with the possibility to apply learning to your own teaching practice. In addition, the support received around your implementation project will give you the skills to not only successfully implement your whole school strategy but arguably give you the potential to change culture within your school"
Hannah, NPQLL participant Autumn 2022
Who are you?
For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase.
Is this programme for me?
What will you learn
- Teaching - you will use what you learn to support teachers at all levels in your school to develop their knowledge of literacy development and literacy learning and to improve their literacy teaching, including language, reading and writing.
- Developing language - you will learn about the crucial role of language development in general academic success and in particular how oracy underpins literacy development. Within the context of your role, you will learn how to develop your school’s oracy teaching and provision and how to support your colleagues to maximise the opportunities to model and develop high-quality speaking and listening and to ensure high-quality talk is prioritised in the classroom.
- School culture - you will learn how to enhance literacy teaching and to champion all aspects of literacy across a school, strengthening your ability and that of your colleagues to contribute to a school culture in which pupils can thrive and succeed.
- Developing reading - you will learn how language development underpins reading development, you will deepen your knowledge of the key theories of reading development and explore the development of the component skills involved in reading and from the perspectives of different learners.
- Developing writing - you will deepen your knowledge of how to develop pupils' written transcription by working with colleagues to ensure that they know how to teach, spelling, handwriting and sentence construction.
- Professional development - you will deepen your knowledge of the best ways to provide effective professional development in literacy curriculum, pedagogy and assessment across the whole school community. You will engage in leading and developing a team of teachers focused on improving literacy attainment across your school.
- Subject and curriculum – you will learn about the fundamental importance of literacy and recognise the impact it has on pupils’ future achievement and life chances. You will learn how to support and improve high quality teaching, learning and assessment in your subject or phase. You will acquire the essential knowledge, skills and concepts that underpin successful literacy teaching.
- Implementation – focusing on literacy, you will learn how to implement change successfully within your context by understanding the stages of implementation and applying them with the support of your facilitators and colleagues.
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What are the benefits to you?
Our participants have noted many benefits to studying for an NPQLL. Overall, they outline how the programme has given them professional confidence, time and space to reflect on themselves about the kind of leader they want to become and increased knowledge in thier chosen area of study.
You will be able to:
- Develop the skills, confidence and knowledge to implement new literacy initiatives successfully through a supported implementation project.
- Develop the skills to implement meaningful interventions as part of a whole school literacy approach.
- Learn how to help students develop ways to improve oracy developing confidence that transpires into academic progress.
- Learn practical approaches to develop language, reading and writing skills in your school context.
- Recognise the key elements of pupils’ literacy journeys from Primary school into Secondary settings.
- Access research and materials and have many opportunities to discuss a variety of literacy approaches and models with other teachers.
What are the benefits for your school?
We know that our children and young people need teachers who are committed to their education and are confident learners themselves. Our NPQ programmes have been developed with teachers and leaders to:
- Create professionally confident teachers and leaders.
- Grow the next generation of leaders with the skills and knowledge to use the evidence-base for the benefit of their children and young people.
- Retain the best teachers who are excellent, collaborative role models for their schools and communities.
- Inspire leaders who can harness the power of rich learning environments for their children and young people no matter the current circumstances.
How long will it take?
- 12 month programme.
- Approx 1 hour per week of independent study.
- Six in-person events.
- The only assessment is a 1500 word response to a case study at the end of your 12-month programme.
- Attendance at in-person sessions and engagement with course materials is required to qualify for the final assessment.
Am I eligible?
Anyone working in a school, in early years or in childcare can register for an NPQ. You will need a TRN (teacher registration number). If you are not a teacher, the DfE registration process will guide you through how to request one. If you are working in early years or child care you will need the Ofsted unique reference number (URN) of your setting.
Not everyone will be entitled to full funding. Please see the section below for details.
How is it funded?
FREE for all state schools in England in 2023/2024
Currently the DfE are funding all NPQ's for academic year 2023/24 for participants from all state schools in England. However, your school will incur costs in covering your absence so that you can attend in-person events. Teachers from Independent schools are welcome to apply, but will need to self fund.
Full funding is available for all NPQs for teachers and leaders employed by:
- state-funded schools
- state-funded 16 to 19 organisations
- independent special schools
- virtual schools (organisations run by local authorities that support the education of children in care)
- hospital schools
- young offender institutions
Additional funding available for small schools
Targeted support funding is available for some schools. This money goes directly to schools to support participants to do an NPQ. It’s not available for the early headship coaching offer.
- State-funded primary schools with 1 to 150 pupils: Your school will receive a grant payment of £800 for each teacher or leader you employ who starts an NPQ in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.
- State-funded primary schools with more than 150 pupils: Your school will receive a grant payment of £200 for each teacher or leader you employ who starts an NPQ in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.
- State-funded secondary schools with 1 to 600 pupils: Your school will receive a grant payment of £200 for each teacher or leader you employ who starts an NPQ in the 2023 to 2024 academic year.
Please note that funding is only available for each teacher, for each NPQ once i.e. the same teacher cannot repeat the same NPQ and be funded twice.
What if I move schools?
There is no problem with participants moving schools before starting or during their NPQ programme. Your head teacher must approve your initial application. If you then move schools simply inform your new head teacher and ensure you have also updated your details with your delivery partner (Balcarras Teaching School Hub)
What if my personal circumstances change?
There is a deferral process available for any participants who need to take a break from their NPQ for any reason e.g. illness or pregnancy.
There is currently no penalty in place for participants who feel unable to complete the course at all.
Can I work flexibly?
The course is designed to be extremely flexible. The self study materials can be completed in chunks or bit-by-bit. They are designed to take, on average, an hour a week but you have full flexibility as to when you complete them.
The in-person sessions (induction and consolidation conferences and 4 peer learning groups) are not flexible. We strongly advise that you attend these in person. However, if you are unable to attend then UCL provide catch up materials to allow you to complete these sections of the course flexibly. You will be given all the dates of these events at the start of your course, to enable you to plan ahead.
What if I don't pass the assessment?
Very detailed feedback is give to participants who complete the final summative assessment, whether they pass or fail. Anyone who fails is also given the opportunity to have a dialogue with their assessment moderator. They then have a second attempt at the assessment within the assessment window of the cohort that follows.