The Halifax Academy works with The Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP) to deliver a range of high quality accredited school leadership qualifications, as well as Initial Teaching Training (ITT). OLP, managed by Best Practice Network, is approved by the Department for Education to deliver qualifications, training thousands of UK school leaders nationwide. We offer group training here at The Halifax Academy, in our designated training space.


National Professional Qualifications

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are voluntary qualifications designed to promote great teaching and great school leadership. They provide teachers and leaders with the training, support, and guidance they need to develop expertise in school leadership and specialist areas of teaching practice. The frameworks for the NPQs draw from the very latest evidence and research into pedagogy, behaviour, curriculum and more.


For an overview of the NPQ suite of qualifications, please visit or


Primary Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

We can also provide Primary Initial Teacher Training (ITT). This exciting new partnership between Impact Education MAT and Best Practice Network, extends across the whole of the Yorkshire region. Secondary ITT will be offered from 2023-24.


If you would like to train to become a primary school teacher, further information is provided below on the different routes available.

NPQ courses available – Autumn 2023/Spring 2024


Full details for each of the NPQs currently available, including how to apply and information on funding, can be found by following the links below.


Autumn 2023 starts are still available for some courses; others will start in Spring 2024. Contact if you would like to check start dates.

Higher Level Teaching Assistant - apply by 22/09/23
National Award for SEN Coordination - Apply by 22/09/23
Diploma for School Business Managers - Apply by 22/09/23
Leading Literacy - Apply by 23/09/23
Early Years Leadership - apply by 23/09/23
Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)
Leading Teaching (NPQLT)
Headship (NPQH)
Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

Primary Initial Teacher Training (ITT)


Train to be a teacher with BPN’s Primary Initial Teacher Training course, supported by an experienced team from The Halifax Academy. Trainees can choose to specialise in either the early years (age 3-7 years) or Key Stages 1 & 2 (age 5-11 years). Both options award Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) allowing trainees to teach right across the primary age range.


This exciting new partnership between Impact Education MAT and Best Practice Network, extends across the whole of the Yorkshire region.


Choose between two routes: the Teacher Apprenticeship route which is free for trainees to access and the fee-funded route which is paid for by trainees. Follow the links below for more information or visit the Best Practice Network website to decide which route is best for you:


Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship

Postgraduate Initial Teacher Training leading to QTS


The team at Best Practice Network can be contacted through the live-chat function of their web site or you can send enquiries to