NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture


Our National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture is designed for ambitious teachers and leaders, including behaviour-management leads and SENDCOs, who want to be involved in developing and implementing behaviour and wellbeing strategies at their school.

Developed by teachers for teachers, the programme will harness the National Institute of Teaching, our NPQ Delivery Partner, leading research and putting it to immediate, practical use. Because our programme has been designed by teachers, there will be no time wasted: it will provide only the information essential to helping you do your job efficiently, effectively and in a way that inspires pupils to success.


A culture of high expectations and good behaviour provides the foundations for everything that school is about: effective learning and pupil wellbeing.

Our NPQLBC will provide access to cutting-edge research, developed by people who know what teachers need. You’ll be supported in putting this into practice, learning to develop and implement behaviour strategies in your school.

You will learn to create the conditions for good behaviour, and gain the confidence to support colleagues in the classroom. You will also spend time exploring the link between pupil wellbeing and behaviour. And you will learn to deal with complex behaviour needs, including how to respond to – and prevent – bullying.

At the heart of it all will be your pupils. Everything you learn will help ensure that your pupils flourish and are able to live the fullest and most successful lives they possibly can.


  • Essential knowledge: There is no fluff – every minute spent working towards an NPQLBC will enable you to make a greater impact in your job.
  • Research-informed practice: You’ll have access to the latest and best evidence of what works in education, and will be able to apply this to engaging pupils, motivating staff and reducing disruption in the classroom.
  • Create a positive culture: You’ll learn to develop school-wide systems to support pupils. This will enable staff to teach to the best of their ability and will allow pupils to flourish.
  • Community of educators: You’ll be part of a diverse community of educators, all learning from one another during the course – and potentially afterwards, too.
  • Fulfilment: The better and more knowledgeable you are at your job, the more enjoyable and exciting you will find it – and that enthusiasm will be passed on to your pupils.

Why study with the Tees Valley Teaching School Hub?

We have partnered with the National Institute of Teaching (Niot), who are a new, pioneering institute, representing a diverse community of schools. They have worked with teachers and teacher-educators who are specialists in their fields to develop an NPQLBC programme that specifically addresses the challenges facing teachers today.

It is an exciting time to be a teacher right now: there is an ever-increasing body of evidence of what works in education. You are part of a new school-led movement to change education – if you join us, you will be helping to shape the teaching profession. And you will be learning alongside similarly enthusiastic teachers, building networks and forging connections.

We are rooted in schools. We know the unpredictability of school life – the day-to-day challenges that teachers face. Our time-efficient NPQLBC has been drawn up specifically to meet the needs of time-poor, commitment-heavy teachers. Teachers know best what teachers need – our programme will give you only the information essential to providing the best education possible for your pupils.


What you’ll learn

  • How to create a culture of high expectations, and the impact this could have on school outcomes
  • How to create the right conditions for good behaviour, including how to implement effective behaviour-management systems
  • How to deal with complex behavioural needs, and how to prevent and respond to bullying
  • How to develop effective professional development related to behaviour and school culture
  • How to implement evidence-based improvement plans

How you’ll learn

The programme is made up of 5 modules, studied over 12 months. Each module contains a combination of self-study units, locally delivered in-person sessions, online masterclasses delivered by specialists, practice clinics and virtual visits to a school.

Time commitment

There are two or three scheduled events every half term, some online and some in-person and around six to eight hours of self study.


In order to receive NPQLBC accreditation, participants will need to complete the programme and achieve a pass mark in a written, ‘open book’ style, structured assessment of up to 1,500 words.

We will support participants with writing clinics before they embark on gaining their accreditation.

The assessment itself takes place over an eight-day window. There are two assessment windows per year and participants have two opportunities to take part.  

How to apply

To apply for the NPQLT course please visit Once you access the National Institute NPQ application page, be sure to select Tees Valley in the appropriate drop down menu.

This programme is also suitable for HLTAs, so please do not worry when you are asked for you TRN (Teacher Reference Number), just skip this section.

For question relating to the course please contact us via


State-funded primary schools with 1 to 150 pupils 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 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 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.

For staff from state-funded schools or 16-19 organisations in England, places are fully funded by the DfE. There will be no cost to the participant.

You can study towards more than one NPQ, but will only be eligible for funding for each NPQ once. If you withdraw from or fail your course, you will not be funded again for the same NPQ.

Interested in joining? Simply get in contact with the Tees Valley Teaching School Hub to start. We can’t wait to hear from you.