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NPQLPM - Leading Primary Maths

We’re pleased to announce that we are partnering with the National Institute of Teaching to deliver the new NPQ for Leading Primary Maths.

Getting off to a strong start in numeracy is key to children achieving their potential both in later education and in the world of work. The NPQ in Leading Primary Maths is designed to help you build on the knowledge you already have as an experienced Maths teacher and will enable you to lead your colleagues to deliver this subject effectively in your primary school setting.

You will enhance your knowledge of how to develop and embed a coherent Maths curriculum, and get to grips with the nuts and bolts of what makes great teaching and leadership using deliberate practice with peers as well as guidance from expert facilitators to consolidate this learning.

In 12 months, you will gain the knowledge to become a teacher educator and successfully support teachers in your school to expand their skills.

Those doing the training will learn:

  • How to develop colleagues’ Maths teaching and lesson design
  • How to develop a Maths curriculum, school culture and create assessment and feedback systems 
  • How to support colleagues' professional development and to adapt their teaching for different pupil needs
  • How to plan and deliver changes and improvements across your setting in Maths teaching and learning 





>Why Us?



Why us?

Unity Teaching School Hub, in partnership with PLN, provides trusted local delivery with expert facilitation. 

The National Institute of Teaching was founded by four leading multi-academy trusts. Our programmes are underpinned by leading research and driven by what we have found works best in schools. Through our programmes, we aim to ensure participants develop their leadership to ensure their hard work and dedication has the maximum impact on pupils.

Expertise from the frontline

Teachers want to learn from other teachers. That’s why our programmes are school-led: they are delivered by individuals who work in schools, right now.  They speak your language; they understand the challenges you face. Benefit from their deep expertise, real-world insights and practical strategies that have been tried and tested in today’s classrooms.

We show as well as tell

Our strong exemplification helps you put what you’ve learned into practice. We give useful and practical advice on how to problem-solve and apply learning in your own context, via exemplars from some of the best teachers and school leaders in the country. You’ll also have the chance to practice what you’ve learned in a safe, supportive space.

Get a backstage pass to some of the best schools in the country – without leaving your office

See what really happens on a normal day in a great school with our virtual visits – through the eyes of a great leader, but with expert narration to unpack and explain how practices were decided on, developed, implemented and sustained. You can experience the energy and dynamism of live teaching in action without the need for travel or disrupting a lesson.

Respectful of your time

We know you spend most of your time doing the most important job there is – serving the children in your community. That’s why our programmes are designed to be flexible, to deliver exactly what you need in the most time-efficient manner possible, and to have impact.

Unlock the power of research

Our NPQs blend seamlessly with our in-house research and best practice function. Gain exclusive access to up-to-date research and invaluable insights, empowering you to implement evidence-based strategies in your practice.

Be part of something bigger

Join a movement of teachers creating lasting change.

✅ Be part of a network of passionate educators

✅ Be a catalyst for change

✅ Develop yourself, support others

Benefits for you

Excel as a teacher
Delve deeper into the nuts and bolts of what makes an effective primary maths teacher, what good maths teaching looks like, and how you can lead others so they can learn from you.

Develop a positive maths culture
Learn how to create a positive attitude to maths in your primary school. You’ll learn how to develop systems that help your pupils overcome any maths anxiety and build their resilience to solving maths problems.

Design an effective maths curriculum
As a leader of maths, you’ll learn how to implement and lead an effective maths curriculum. You’ll be able to identify the maths knowledge that pupils need, identify gaps in their understanding and make changes to improve outcomes.

Build on your existing mastery expertise
This new NPQ will support you to embed mastery approaches to teaching maths in your school. You’ll also benefit from the design expertise of AC+ who have been working with primary schools for over a decade to develop effective approaches to teaching and leadership.

Invest in your future
Ongoing professional development helps you to grow and thrive as a primary maths leader. You will follow an evidence-informed framework and gain a professional accreditation at the end of the programme.

Learn to your pace
This programme is designed to fit around your busy teaching role. Much of the work can be completed in short bursts around your existing schedule.

Connect with your peers
You will train alongside other primary maths teachers from similar school contexts. You can share your experiences and build a strong support network.

Benefits for your school

Improve maths teaching
Your maths leaders will learn techniques to improve the teaching of maths across your school. This includes creating an effective school-wide teaching strategy through the careful sequencing of lessons as well as supporting teachers to understand and use evidence-informed approaches to maths teaching.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the NPQLPM programme for?

Teachers and leaders with responsibility for leading maths across a primary key-stage or school, or those who want to have this responsibility, who also have a secure level of understanding mastery approaches to teaching primary maths* and wish to improve leadership skills in this area.

Subject leaders in a school already engaged in the primary teaching for Mastery programme (or similar programme example)

*This should come through a minimum of 1 year's participation of the Maths Hubs Teaching for Mastery programme, or a programme equivalent

How long does the NPQLPM programme last?

The NPQ for Leading Primary Maths is a twelve-month programme, with a mixture of live, facilitated sessions and self-directed learning.

How does the NPQLPM programme accommodate busy schedules?

The NPQ for Leading Primary Maths is designed to fit around your schedule with a 'little and often' approach that aligns with insights from the science of learning.

Is the NPQLPM programme fully funded?

For 2024-2025, the NPQ for Leading Primary Maths is fully funded for teachers and school leaders who work in eligible primary schools and organisations in England, by the Department for Education. Find out more about the eligibility criteria in the 'Funding' tab.  Please check the DfE guidance on funding. 

Are there any specific requirements to enrol on the NPQLPM programme?

To be eligible for the NPQ for Leading Primary Maths, you must be a serving teacher in a school or eligible organisation in England and have completed your early career training.

Teachers and leaders should have a secure level of understanding mastery approaches to teaching primary maths and wish to improve leadership skills in this area.  This should come through a minimum of 1 year's participation of the Maths Hubs Teaching for Mastery programme, or a programme equivalent



Why Us?





Our NPQ for Leading Primary Maths course follows the Department for Education’s National Professional Qualification: Early Years Leadership Framework.

You will learn how to:

  • Develop colleagues’ Maths teaching and lesson design
  • Develop and implement a coherent Maths curriculum that supports pupils’ long term learning in Maths
  • Develop a school culture where staff and pupils have a positive attitude to Maths
  • Lead a culture of professional learning and continuous improvement for colleagues
  • Support colleagues to adapt their teaching for different pupil needs
  • Create assessments and feedback systems that enable colleagues to know the next steps to be successful in teaching Maths to their pupils
  • Plan and deliver changes and improvements across your setting in Maths teaching and learning

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.

Over 12 months, our NPQLPM includes:

  • Local seminars: extend your learning with an expert, school leader facilitator, build your network and apply your learning to your own context.

  • Virtual school visits: visit some of the country’s leading schools, learning about how they have developed and improved their practice over time to deliver exceptional outcomes and experiences for young people.

  • Online masterclasses: hear school-based sector experts sharing best practice from their context and experience.

  • Online practice clinics: apply your learning to scenarios and to your own context, trouble-shooting with an expert school-based practice lead.

  • Online self-studies: learn cutting-edge research and how it is being applied successfully in schools.

The content is delivered through blended learning. This includes 12 hours of in-person delivery (via 2 full day conferences and in-person twilight sessions),a mix of real-time, interactive online sessions and self-guided modules you complete in your own time.

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.

Time Commitment

On average, participants will spend between one and two hours a week working towards the NPQLPM. Where possible, study should be done in dedicated career-development time during school hours.




Why Us?



In order to receive NPQLPM 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.



Why Us?



The training has exceeded my expectations. I am so glad I am part of the programme and wish that I had started sooner.

NPQ participant

The training has far surpassed my expectations. I regularly reflect on content and share with colleagues. I am also more confident in finding the answers myself as a result of attending this course.

NPQ participant

This course has given me the confidence I was lacking to lead an area of the curriculum in school. It has given me a structure of how to identify what changes we need to make and how to implement change to improve student outcomes.

NPQ participant




Why Us?




NEW for autumn 2024! Department for Education NPQ scholarship funding is available for this NPQ to all publicly funded schools and 16 to 19 educational organisations in England.

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.
  • Be familiar with mastery approaches to teaching maths or be a subject leader in a primary school which is already engaged in the Teaching for Mastery programme or a similar programme.

We are expecting more details from the DfE in the summer on the practical arrangements on how funding will work, and will update this page as soon as we have this. In the meantime you can find the DfE messaging here.

If you do not work in an eligible school, please get in touch to find out the cost for NPQLPM.

Get in touch to find out more or see our funding page.




Why Us?








Register your interest now for NPQs starting in the Autumn term (October 2024) and register  here with the DfE. (You can register for email updates if the DfE registration is not yet open. 

To apply, you need to be an early years practitioner who is qualified to at least level three, with a full and relevant early years or teaching qualification.

NPQs are not suitable for active Early Career Teachers.

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 (roles could include early years/KS1 phase leader, assistant or deputy headteacher, or class teachers aspiring to leadership)
  • A childminder with leadership responsibilities.

Please complete our enquiry form here and provide us with the name of your setting and your postcode.

Teacher Reference Number
To apply for an NPQ, you will need a Teacher Reference Number (TRN). If you do not have a TRN, you can request a temporary one. You can find out how to do that here.

If you have any questions, email UTSH NPQ Team and a member of our team will be in touch with next steps.