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Our Experience

Since September 2021, we are successfully delivering 10 cohorts of the reformed Specialist and Leadership NPQs to over 240 local school leaders. Our facilitators are all Primary and Secondary Senior Leaders from the West Midlands and consistently receive excellent feedback from participants about their specialist knowledge of the NPQs and their understanding of the local context.

National Professional Qualifications


Nathan Morland

TS Hub Director


Jeanette Taylor-Perks

NPQ Co-ordinator


Victoria Knight

TS Hub NPQ Lead

“The new NPQs pay less attention to generic management and leadership styles. They pay more attention to the knowledge and skills that teachers and school leaders need to work to the best of their ability and tackle the persistent problems of their daily roles.”

Ambition Institute, 2021

Interested in completing one of the Ambition Institute’s NPQs?

Frequently Asked Questions

We can facilitate any school in our Teaching School Hub area. If the local Teaching School Hub is not offering a particular NPQ, we can also support other Hub regions; as a Hub, we have increased our capacity to develop current and future leaders across the region.

Where cohort sizes allow us, we are keen to support the provision of NPQs locally and make them more accessible to colleagues in North Warwickshire, East Staffordshire, Cannock, Nuneaton, Bedworth, Tamworth and Lichfield.

We are excited by the opportunity of developing partnerships and supporting the facilitation of local networking within districts and across the Teaching School Hub region.

Teachers and school leaders at all state schools in England, including Post-16 organisations, are now entitled to fully funded places.

Access to funding remains conditional on the successful validation of a participant’s registration information against Teaching Regulation Agency records, so you must ensure that the information supplied to your NPQ provider matches your teacher record. You can check and update your teacher record via the Teacher Self-Service Portal.

If you are not eligible for scholarship funding (e.g. if you work in an Independent school) but are still interested in undertaking an NPQ, contact us for support and additional information.

Targeted Small School Funding

DfE have updated the targeted support fund offer for the 2023 to 2024 academic year to further incentivise state-funded schools and state-funded 16 to 19 educational settings in England to participate in NPQs. 

For each state-funded school and 16 to 19 organisation that employs a teacher or leader who takes a NPQ in the 2023 to 2024 academic year, the following funding will apply: 

  • state-funded primary schools with 1 to 150 pupils will receive a grant payment of £800 
  • state-funded primary schools with more than 150 pupils will receive a grant payment of £200  
  • state-funded secondary schools and state-funded 16 to 19 educational settings with 1 to 600 pupils will receive a grant payment of £200 

Our Offer

The National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are an accredited suite of qualifications that equip teachers with the expertise to lead sustainable improvement across their schools. NPQs are underpinned by the latest evidence of what works in schools and a key component of the DfE’s ‘Golden Thread’ of high- quality professional development for teachers and school leaders.

The John Taylor Teaching School Hub are delivering nine of Ambition Institute’s NPQ programmes, including 4 specialist and 4 leadership NPQs.

We are extremely pleased that our facilitators, for all NPQs, are experienced Headteachers and Senior Leaders from across the Teaching School Hub and West Midlands region. They are all fully trained as Visiting Fellows by Ambition Institute on the specialist and reformed leadership NPQs offering the quality and experience delegates expect.

Our preferred model is for NPQs to be co-facilitated by leaders with primary and secondary experience and expertise to enhance the delegate experience and offer informed advice and guidance throughout. A detailed breakdown of each course curriculum, assessment and costs can be found here.

Next Steps

If you are interested in registering for, or completing one of the Ambition Institute’s NPQs, with the John Taylor Teaching School Hub, then please email NPQ@jths.co.uk