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Starts on 01/10/2024

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12 months

Designed for

Primary school teachers and leaders


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Our NPQLPM offers you a tailored programme of professional learning for the following:

  • Colleagues who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibility for leading maths across a primary key-stage or school.
  • Teachers familiar with mastery approaches to teaching primary maths, who want to improve leadership skills in this area.
  • Subject leaders in a school already engaged in the primary Teaching for Mastery programme or a similar programme.

Who is eligible for this programme?

Before applying for this NPQ, you should have a secure understanding of mastery approaches to teaching maths from the Teaching for Mastery programme, or an equivalent programme. This can be confirmed by your headteacher after registration with the DfE.

The programme will support you and your setting as follows:

  • Create professionally confident leaders who can build capacity in other teachers.
  • Grow the next generation of primary maths leaders with the skills and knowledge to use the evidence-base for the benefit of their settings and children.
  • Retain the best teaching and pastoral professionals who are excellent, collaborative role models for their schools and communities.
  • Inspire leaders who can develop strong whole school cultures of primary maths no matter the current circumstances of the setting they are working in.


In order to complete NPQLPM, you will be required to:

  • Attend all programme sessions.
  • Complete an implementation project based on your current work.
  • Complete the summative case study style assessment.

To support you in the completion of NPQLPM, our offer includes as standard:

  • An engaging curriculum which blends face-to-face, online and self-study and which exemplifies the DfE standard for teachers’ professional development.
  • A supportive facilitator and peer network.
  • Local cohort groups to reduce travel time.

The Framework:

Leading Primary Mathematics National Professional Qualification (

Dates, times & locations of training sessions

October 2024 – September 2025 (12 months)

February 2025 – January 2026 (12 months)

Face-to-face sessions will be held mainly in Barnsley, Doncaster, Selby or Wakefield.

Programme Route Map: Autumn start

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Programme Route Map: Spring start

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Our facilitators are expert teachers and proven leaders working in schools throughout the hub communities.

Jamie Heathcote is an experienced Primary Maths Consultant supporting schools to deliver a Mastery curriculum. He works with school leaders, teachers and pupils with a passion that all can achieve highly in maths. Jamie also works as an Every Child Counts Lead Trainer, Maths Hub work group lead and Maths Researcher for the Department of Education at Oxford University. He has delivered numerous, successful EEF trials for Oxford University and Edge Hill University. He leads work groups for the Mastery Readiness programme, Targeted Support in Maths, the Research and Innovation programme and the Y5-8 Continuity Project for the Maths Hubs. All his work is research and theory based. Jamie also supports schools pre and post Ofsted, supports planning with all year groups that include curriculum and  lesson design, subject knowledge, the use of manipulatives, the importance of mathematical vocabulary and providing engaging and exciting maths opportunities for all pupils.

Next Steps

Apply now

The Department for Education (DfE) are currently accepting registrations for the Autumn 2024 cohort. Use the link below to access the portal and register today!


🔗DfE Registration


For an exploratory conversation about which NPQ is right for you, contact

Further Info

Scholarship funding

Funding for autumn 2024 will target those teachers and leaders who work in the most challenging schools or educational settings, serving more disadvantaged communities.

Scholarship funding to cover the full NPQ course cost will be available to teachers and leaders from:

  • the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding
  • 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage
  • For the early years leadership NPQ, highly disadvantaged early years settings will also be eligible.

Scholarships will continue to be available to all teachers and leaders from publicly funded schools and 16 to 19 educational organisations for the following NPQs:

  • Leading primary maths
  • Headship (NPQH)

For the early headship coaching offer, funding to cover the course fees will be available if you are in your first 5 years of headship in England in a state-funded school or state-funded 16 to 19 organisation. You should also be doing or have done the headship NPQ.

For more information, follow the link below.

🔗NPQ Funding – Department for Education

Deferral or Withdrawal from an NPQ Programme

Only in exceptional circumstances may a participant request either a deferral or withdrawal from their programme. Participants should be aware that there is a process to follow which is outlined in the following policies:

UCL’s NPQ Deferral and Withdrawal Policy. 

BPN’S NPQ Deferral Policy.

A participant considering withdrawal from an NPQ Programme should be aware that it is Department for Education Policy to only fund an NPQ course for a participant once. This means that a participant who starts a Department for Education funded NPQ course, and then withdraws from that course, will not be funded again for the same programme.