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National Professional Qualification in Leading Primary Mathematics (NPQLPM) 

We’re pleased to announce that we are partnering with education charity Ambition Institute to deliver the new NPQ in Leading Primary Mathematics.

In 12 months, participants will become an expert leader of primary mathematics and learn how to embed high-quality Mastery approaches to maths teaching in your school.

Why this programme?

Choose our NPQ in Leading Primary Maths (NPQLPM) and you’ll be joining over 18,000 teachers and school leaders who’ve selected one of the new Ambition Institute NPQs as of April 2023.

The carefully sequenced and evidence informed NPQLPM will help you to develop a positive culture for maths teaching and embed effective approaches to teaching maths across your primary setting.

The programme has been designed for teachers and leaders who are familiar with mastery approaches to teaching maths. Over 12-months you’ll build on your existing mastery expertise and learn how to embed this across your school.

Throughout the programme, you’ll get access to the key research on areas of teaching and school leadership including instruction, curriculum, assessment, culture, professional development and implementation. All of this content will be delivered through a primary and maths specific lens.

Our ‘little and often’ approach to delivery means you can engage with our NPQs around your busy timetable, with minimal time needed out of school.

As part of our growing network, you’ll train alongside fellow teachers with similar responsibilities, with content focusing on the key challenges you face in your role.

Plus, on our NPQs there’s no large project at the end. Instead, you’ll sit an ‘open book’ assessment with support via two on-demand webinars and a dedicated, live assessment preparation clinic to help you get the most from your NPQ.

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Benefits for you

Benefits for your school or trust

Create a ‘golden thread’

The new NPQs are all aligned. So, no matter what career stage your teachers are at, by joining this programme, they will benefit from an evidence-based framework. They will also share a common language with other NPQ participants that they can pass on to colleagues.

Access the latest learning
Teachers will bring evidence-based teaching and learning into classrooms, meaning high quality teaching and improved pupil outcomes.

Identify future leaders
Competent and confident teachers who excel in their roles will be more likely to apply for middle or senior positions in your school when they arise.

Retain your teaching talent
By allowing teachers to develop and nurture their talents in specialist areas such as maths, you are investing in their future. This will boost their confidence, making them feel supported and less likely to apply for jobs elsewhere.

Tap into a network
Your teachers will train alongside peers from other schools with similar contexts, supported by facilitators who fully understand your needs.


What you’ll learn
This programme follows the Department for Education’s National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Primary Maths framework.

On this programme, you will learn how to:
    Understand what good primary maths teaching practice is and how to implement it.
    Embed mastery approaches to teaching maths in your school.
    Lead your school to teach maths effectively, working collaboratively with senior leaders and teachers.
    Develop your ability and capacity to improve the provision of maths across your school.
    Equip staff to plan effective primary maths lessons and stimulate your pupils’ thinking.
    Help colleagues to adapt their maths teaching to meet different needs.
    Align your professional development with wider school improvement priorities.

Note: programme content is subject to change.

How you’ll learn
Our NPQLPM is designed so you can engage in live, facilitated sessions alongside modules you can complete at any time.

The first cohort will start in October 2024.

The programme includes facilitator-led sessions with your peer group that focus on decision making. The programme starts with a one-day live conference.

Note: programme content is subject to change.


Our NPQ courses no longer include a large project at the end. Instead, you’ll sit an ‘open book’ style assessment in which you respond to a short case study.

The assessment window starts at the end of the 12-month programme and runs for three months.

During this time:

    You’ll be given an eight-day window to complete the case study.
    There are two assessment windows every year, and participants can sit the assessment twice, if they need to.
    You need to pass the assessment and engage with 90% of the course to qualify for the NPQ accreditation.
    We will offer two webinars and live clinic in advance of the assessment window to support you.


The Department for Education NPQ scholarship funding is available to all state schools and state funded organisations in England.

For NPQLPM, this includes participants in state-funded primary schools or state-funded all-through schools who are responsible for educating primary-aged pupils.

DfE-funded scholarships are available for this NPQ for all those who meet the following criteria:

    Teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading primary mathematics teaching across a school, key stage or phase.
    Work in a state-funded school or organisations, including those that offer 16-19 age places in England.

Register your interest here to find out if you're eligible.

If you do not work in an eligible school, the NPQ in Leading Primary Mathematics costs £899 plus VAT.

Extended eligibility.

Organisations now eligible to access scholarships include:

    independent special schools.
    virtual schools (Local Authority run organisations that support the education of children in care).
    hospital schools not already included in other categories of eligible organisations.
    young offender institutions.
Support fund for small schools

The DfE have introduced a new Targeted Support Fund for small schools, to enable them to support their teachers and leaders to undertake the NPQs.

There is a grant payment of £200 per participant to settings with 1-600 pupils for every teacher or leader they employ who participates on an NPQ.

This per teacher payment increases to £800 where the employing organisation is a primary school with 1-150 pupils.


Applications for our spring NPQLPM cohorts are now open.

Don’t miss out on a fully funded NPQ! Our October 2024 cohorts are currently our last intake to be fully funded by the DfE.

To apply, you must be a teacher who has, or is aspiring to have, responsibilities for primary leading teaching in mathematics, numeracy, curriculum, teaching and learning, phase or a primary classroom teacher aspiring to lead.

This course could be suitable if you’re a:

    Primary teacher and you’re already familiar with mastery approaches to teaching maths, but you want to improve your leadership skills in this area.

    Subject leader in a primary school which is already engaged in the Teaching for Mastery programme or a similar programme.

    Phase leader in an all-through school with responsibility for educating a primary aged key-stage or primary school.

For example, you might be a:

    Primary Mathematics Lead
    Primary Numeracy Lead
    Primary Curriculum Lead
    Primary Teaching and Learning Lead
    Primary Phase Lead
    Primary classroom teacher aspiring to lead mathematics.

NPQLPM participants are expected to have completed a minimum of 1 Year of the DfE's Teaching for Mastery programme, delivered by the national network of Maths Hubs and co-ordinated by NCETM, or have secure mastery expertise from another equivalent programme.

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