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Starts on 09/11/2023

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18 months

Designed for

Aspiring head teachers

Head teachers


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

  • School leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.
  • Those in their first two years of headship without an NPQH are also encouraged to apply.

The programme will support you and your setting as follows:

We know that our children and young people need teachers who are committed to their education and are confident learners themselves. Our programmes have been developed with teachers and leaders to:

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


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

  • An engaging curriculum which blends face-to-face, online and self-study.
  • A supportive facilitator and peer network.
  • Local groups with reduced travel time.

The Early Headship Coaching Offer is an optional extra to the NPQH, run centrally by UCL.

The Early Headship Coaching Offer is a non-assessed, supportive peer network for head teachers and principals in the first five years of their role.  Find out more here. 


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 at venues in Selby, Wakefield, Barnsley and Doncaster

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

Helen Bellinger, Programme Design & Development Lead, Exchange Teaching Hub, Knottingley.

Helen Bellinger is the former Director of Doncaster Research School having 30 years’ experience in teaching, leadership and school improvement roles. She has a proven track in supporting schools to improve outcomes for pupils as an Executive Headteacher, System Leader, School Improvement Partner, Pupil Premium Reviewer and Consultant. Helen has worked with many new and more-experienced school leaders. She has a strong awareness of both the challenges and opportunities which school leadership brings and is passionate about helping leaders to be the best they can be.

Julian Harrison, Executive Principal, Delta Academies Trust.

Julian has over 15 years’ experience working in school leadership and has led transformational change in his current academy. He has led many highly successful teams and initiatives, including shaping curriculum development in KS3 and KS4, as well as effectively addressing in-school variation, leading on inclusion, teaching and learning, and achievement and standards.

Tom Banham, CEO, Hoyland Common Academy Trust.

Tom was the founding CEO of his trust which has now grown to five high-performing primaries and one secondary school. Tom has a clear vision for achieving the very best outcomes for children through developing the quality of teaching and leadership throughout the region. He is an experienced NPQ facilitator and coach to CEOs in other trusts.

Jeremy Harris, Deputy CEO of The Rose Learning Trust, Doncaster and North Lincs.

Jeremy is the Deputy CEO of The Rose Learning Trust and the Headteacher of Hatchell Wood Primary Academy.  His trust focus is on all aspects of school improvement including the implementation of trust wide strategies to secure highly effective teaching and learning, leading to strong outcomes.  Jeremy particularly enjoys working with school leaders to build capacity in leadership at all levels.

Nicola Williams, NPQ Programme Lead, Exchange Teaching Hub, Knottingley.

Nicola is a highly experienced principal (formerly of The Vale Academy in Brigg), associate executive principal, and NPQ facilitator. She has also contributed to the NPQ content delivered by teaching school hubs across the UK.  Nicola has a track record and reputation as a proven leader, delivering outstanding outcomes for students. She is currently leading the NPQ programme for Exchange Teaching Hub.

Beryce Nixon, CEO of Exceed Learning Partnership, Doncaster.

Beryce is CEO of Exceed Learning Partnership, a Multi-Academy Trust based in Doncaster. She is also a National Leader for Education and has supported a number of schools with wide ranging circumstances. She is a highly experienced leader and is passionate about learning pedagogy and believes that ‘every child has the potential to succeed’ as long as schools provide the right provision, support and challenge to enable them to do so and feels that through collaboration more can be achieved to meet the needs of all young learners.

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 (click here).

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

Further Info

Eligibility and funding

Full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant, for the NPQ: Headship is available for those who meet the following criteria:

  • A school leader who is aspiring to be a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.
  • Work in a state-funded school and state-funded organisations that offer 16-19 places in England.


  • Are a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.
  • Work in a state-funded school and state-funded organisations that offer 16-19 places in England.
  • Work in independent special schools.
  • Work in hospital schools.
  • Work in virtual schools.
  • Work in young offenders’ institutions.

The cost is £1985 for schools outside the scholarship criteria.

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

Current funding arrangements will continue during 2022-24.


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.