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Starts on 01/10/2024

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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 2024 – July 2025 (18 months)

October 2024 – March 2026 (18 months)

Face-to-face sessions will be held at venues in Selby, Wakefield, Barnsley and Doncaster

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.

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.

Anna began her career as a teacher of French and Russian in Selby. She has had a number of middle and senior leadership roles in a range of secondary schools across Yorkshire and joined Delta Academies Trust as Principal of De Warenne Academy in 2016. Anna led the academy to secure it’s first Ofsted “Good” judgement and has significantly improved outcomes for pupils living in an area of high deprivation. She is now an Executive Principal and, in addition to working intensively with several secondary academies, leads on the trust secondary SEND and MFL strategies.

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

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.