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National Professional Qualifications

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

Fully funded, flexible professional development courses for teachers and leaders to improve skills, progress careers and deliver improved outcomes for schools.

The closing date to join the Spring 2024 cohorts is the 18th January 2024

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are a national, voluntary suite of qualifications designed to support the professional development of teachers and school leaders. They equip teachers with the expertise to lead sustainable improvement across their schools.

NPQs are designed to:

If you’re a teacher or leader, an NPQ can help you:


All NPQs are currently fully funded by the Department for Education, with the below grant payments being paid to settings that choose to engage with the programmes.

NPQ Programmes

NPQs can be divided into two groups:

How to Apply:

1. Speak to your line manager

Talk to your line manager about joining an NPQ programme.

2. Register on the DfE Portal↗

Select University College London (UCL) as your Lead Provider.

3. Complete your application form

You’ll receive an application form. Complete it and choose Exchange Teaching Hub as your delivery partner.

Leadership NPQs:

Headship (NPQH) ↗

Find out more

Specialist NPQs: