DRET Teaching School Hub

NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture

NQP for Leading Behaviour and Culture

National Professional Qualification in Leading Behaviour and Culture

DRET Teaching School Hub work in partnership with the National Institute of Teaching (NIoT) as an Associate College to deliver NPQ Programmes. The NIoT are rooted in schools; they know the unpredictability of school life – the day-to-day challenges that teachers face. Their time-efficient NPQs have been drawn up specifically to meet the needs of time-poor, commitment-heavy teachers and leaders. Teachers know best what teachers need – our programme will give you only the information essential to providing the best education possible for your pupils.

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 NIoT’s 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.


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.  


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 programme, you will not be funded again for the same NPQ.


To apply, you must be a teacher who has, or is aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in your school. For example, you might be a pastoral lead, head of behaviour, an assistant or deputy headteacher, or a headteacher.


 Apply for the NPQLBC here