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Starts on 01/10/2024

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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 2024 – July 2025 (18 months)

October 2024 – March 2026 (18 months)

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


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

The Department for Education (DfE) are currently not accepting registrations for Autumn 2024 cohort as they complete the maintenance of their registration portal which is expected to be open in July 2024.

UCL Institute of Education is encouraging prospective participants to complete the form linked below to register your interest in pursuing an NPQ with UCL as your provider for the Autumn 2024 cohort. You will need to select Exchange Teaching Hub from the list of delivery partners.

🔗Pre-Registration Form – Autumn 2024


Once the DfE registration portal re-opens, applicants who have completed this form will be emailed the DfE registration link to complete their registration with the DfE.

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


Further Info

Scholarship funding

Scholarships are still to be confirmed for the Autumn 2024 cohort. We will update this page once we have received information from the 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 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.