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Starts on 09/11/2023

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18 months

Designed for

Aspiring head teachers

Aspiring senior leaders

Early Years leaders

Head teachers

Senior leaders


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Our NPQEYL offers a tailored programme of professional learning for the following colleagues:

  • Leaders qualified to at least Level 3 with full and relevant qualification who are, or are aspiring to be, managers of Private, Voluntary and Independent nurseries.
  • Headteachers, or aspiring headteachers, of school-based or maintained nurseries.
  • Childminders who have, or aspire to have, leadership responsibilities.

The programme will support you and your setting as follows:

  • Create professionally confident early years teachers, practitioners and leaders.
  • Grow the next generation of Early Years leaders with the skills and knowledge to use the evidence base for the benefit of their children and families.
  • Retain the best early years professionals who are excellent, collaborative role models for their nurseries and communities.
  • Inspire early years leaders who can harness the power of rich learning environments for all children no matter the current circumstances.


In order to complete NPQEYL, 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 NPQEYL, 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.

Dates, times & locations of training sessions

February 2023 – July 2024 (18 months)

October 2023 – March 2025 (18 months)

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

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


Anna Walker, Headteacher, Glasshoughton Infant Academy, Castleford Academy Trust.

Anna is a highly experienced Headteacher and was previously an Early Years Leader. She is a Local Leader of Education (LLE). She has consistently secured outcomes which are significantly above national average.

Michelle Hill, Early Years, Reading & Phonics Consultant, Nexus Multi-Academy Trust.

Michelle is an experienced Assistant Head and School Improvement Consultant for an academy trust which consists of a large majority of specialist early years provisions. She has led in both mainstream and SEND schools and has successfully set up an inclusive satellite EYFS provision catering for pupils with additional needs.

Clare Holloway, Executive Headteacher, Waterton Academy Trust, Wakefield

Clare is a highly experienced headteacher, currently the executive head for two successful infant schools within the Waterton Academy Trust. She has worked as an early years moderator and key stage one lead moderator for the local authority and for the Trust. Previously, Clare led early years for schools in the West and North Yorkshire authorities, consistently delivering outstanding outcomes for pupils.

Sally Adams, Programme Manager, Exchange Teaching Hub, Knottingley.

Sally is an experienced Early Years and KS1 teacher, and leader, having worked in a diverse range of schools. Her specialisms include Oracy, Phonics and Early Literacy. Sally has worked with leaders, teachers, and support staff, at school and trust level, to further develop their practice. Sally is passionate about ensuring that all children are able to thrive in the Early Years and are given the best possible start in life.

Next Steps

Apply now

Register for an NPQ with the DfE: Register for a National Professional Qualification ( and choose UCL when prompted during registration.

Applications are now open for Spring 2024.

UCL will send you an application form. Please choose Exchange Teaching Hub as your delivery partner when prompted on the form.

For further information: Download our flier on how to apply (click here) or visit UCL’s website here.

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


Further Info

Eligibility and funding

  • Leaders qualified to at least Level 3 with full and relevant qualification who are, or are aspiring to be managers of Private, Voluntary and Independent nurseries
  • Headteachers, or aspiring headteachers of school-based or maintained nurseries.
  • Childminders who have, or aspire to have, leadership responsibilities.
  • Colleagues whose application is supported by their line manager.
  • Fully funded for all state-funded schools, Private, Voluntary and Independent nurseries, independent special schools, hospital schools and virtual schools (from Autumn 2022).


Additional funding available

The DfE targeted support fund gives a grant payment of £200 per participant to settings with 1-600 pupils, for every teacher or leader they employ who participates in an NPQ.


Organisations that are eligible for NPQ scholarship funding will also be eligible for targeted support funding (providing they are a setting with 1-600 pupils), with the exception of non-school-based early years settings (group-based providers and childminders), virtual schools, hospital schools not already included in other categories of eligible organisations, and young offender institutions.


Please note that school/setting/self-funded applicants will not be eligible for targeted support funding


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 UCL’s NPQ Deferral and Withdrawal 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.