DRET Teaching School Hub

NPQEYL Spotlight

NPLBC Spotlight



Every week, the Teaching School Hub will share an NPQ spotlight with colleagues across the region, highlighting the specific features of one of our NPQ suite of qualifications and how the programme might benefit colleagues looking to develop their practice in their setting.

The NPQ Early Years Leadership is the most exciting addition to the full suite of nationally recognised qualifications, because it puts the foundations of learning at the centre of professional development. Aimed at both aspiring and current early years leaders in schools, the programme takes colleagues through a comprehensive study of how to develop as an effective early years leader in their setting. With course units that explore the leading principles of improvement, the fundamental components of child development, effective early education, as well as curriculum and assessment and SEND, colleagues will also develop an understanding of organisational management, including working with external multi-agencies and partnerships. 

The programme takes a hybrid approach, opening with an in-person conference where the cohort can meet as a network, before embarking on flexible self-study modules and online clinics delivered by our Expert Visiting Fellows, a team of established school and system leaders who understand the specific challenges faced by North and North East Lincolnshire coastal and rural early years settings.

This programme would be ideal for an early years practitioner who is qualified to at least level three, with a full and relevant early years or teaching qualification.

You will be, or will be aspiring to be:

  • A manager of a private, voluntary or independent early years setting
  • A headteacher of a school-based or maintained early years setting
  • An early years foundation stage leader in a state funded school
  • A childminder with leadership responsibilities. 

The NPQ Leading Early Years Leadership has a fully-funded scholarship available, with an additional targeted support payment of £200 to smaller schools (please check here for school eligibility). Closing date for applications to join our next cohort is Thursday 12th January 2023, but we advise early applications wherever possible to reserve places. 

Helen Savage, Expert Visiting Fellow for the NPQEYL outlines, ‘I am a passionate Early Years educator who has a drive to ensure that all children have the best possible outcomes. To do this I believe that the educators in our schools and settings deserve the best possible training and support to be able to facilitate this knowledgeably and with confidence in their workplace.’