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Starts on 09/11/2023

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12 months

Designed for

Middle leaders

Senior leaders


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Our NPQLBC offers you a tailored programme of professional learning for the following:

  • Colleagues who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.

The programme will support you and your setting as follows:

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


In order to complete NPQLBC, 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 NPQLBC, 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 – January 2024 (12 months)

October 2023 – September 2024 (12 months)

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

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

Stephanie Barton, Deputy Head of Exchange Teaching Hub, Knottingley.

Stephanie is an experienced secondary English teacher and leader, having worked in a range of diverse schools across the North of England, consistently securing outcomes for children well above the national average. She has worked as a Vice Principal across two schools, responsible for behaviour, attendance and inclusion. Stephanie is passionate about tackling educational disadvantage through inspiring professional learning and has been involved in the design and delivery of a range of professional development programmes for teachers and leaders at all stages of their career.

Claire Hughes, Director of Inclusion and Safeguarding – Pontefract Academies Trust 

Claire is a highly experienced senior leader across a variety of settings (including acting headship). She has secured exceptional outcomes for children with additional needs including SEMH. She leads academy SENCOs and Designated Safeguarding Leads. Claire has considerable experience of Trust level CPD facilitation and has developed policy and practice for behaviour, safeguarding and SEND at Trust level. 

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

Full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant, for the NPQ for Leading Behaviour and Culture is available to all teachers who meet the following criteria:

  • Have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and culture of other teachers in their 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 £902 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.