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Starts on 01/10/2024

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18 months

Designed for

Aspiring executive leaders

Executive leaders


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

  • School leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher or have a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools.

The programme will support you and your setting as follows:

  • Create professionally confident leaders who can lead at scale.
  • Grow the next generation of leaders with the skills and knowledge to use the evidence base for the benefit of children, young people and wider communities.
  • Retain and develop the best teachers and leaders who are excellent, collaborative role models for their schools and communities.
  • Inspire leaders who can harness the power of rich learning environments for children and young people no matter the current circumstances



In order to complete NPQEL, 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 NPQEL, our offer includes as standard:

  • An engaging curriculum which blends face-to-face, online and self-study.
  • A supportive facilitator and peer network.
  • A national cohort to enable the education system’s most senior colleagues to learn with and from each other, led centrally by UCL Centre for Educational Leadership.

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 at venues throughout the UK.

Please note this NPQ is delivered nationally via UCL and sessions are not hosted at The Education Exchange.

Programme Route Map:

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NPQEL facilitators are experienced trust leaders and expert facilitators. The NPQEL programme is run centrally by our lead provider, UCL Institute of Education, in a programme involving participants from across the UK.

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.