A course to help teachers learn how to effectively teach and promote literacy across the whole school, year group, key stage or phase.
Applies to England
Who this course is for
This course is for teachers and middle leaders who have, or want to have responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase.
This one-year course will help you gain confidence and develop skills in:
- running literacy improvement strategies
- supporting colleagues who want to develop their pupils’ reading
This course will:
- take 12 months to complete
- involve an average of 1 to 2 hours of study each week
- be a mix of self-study and group sessions
- have a written assessment
- start October 2023
Funding to cover the course fees is available for most teachers and school leaders in state funded settings in England.
This course covers how to support colleagues to develop all pupils’:
- language capability and wider understanding of language
- word reading
- reading comprehension
- writing skills
You’ll also learn how to:
- contribute to effective professional development linked to teaching, curriculum and assessment across the school
- design and implement literacy improvement strategies
Benefits for you and your school
Wider understanding of language
You’ll be able to use techniques from the course to help your school’s development of pupils’ language and vocabulary.
Practical skills to encourage reading
You’ll learn how to build a school-wide culture that promotes reading for pleasure.
Making use of existing resources
The course has been designed to ensure teachers responsible for leading literacy don’t need to create new resources.
Help with teaching phonics effectively
You’ll be able to support colleagues to develop all pupils’ word reading by ensuring the school uses systematic synthetic phonics methods.
The course covers 6 topics, outlined in the course framework. Providers use this framework to design their course.
The course includes:
- independent study
- group coaching
- face-to-face sessions with other participants
You’ll need to spend 1 to 2 hours a week working on this NPQ.
You can train with one of the following providers:
- Ambition Institute
- Education Development Trust
- National Institute of Teaching
- Teacher Development Trust
- Teach First
- UCL Institute of Education
They work with delivery partners, such as teaching school hubs, to provide training.
To get your NPQ accreditation you’ll need to complete the course and pass a written assessment (1,500 words).
Before you apply to your chosen training provider, you need to register with the Department for Education.