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Starts on 01/10/2024

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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 2024 – January 2025 (12 months)

October 2024 – September 2025 (12 months)

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

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.

Kirsty Holt, Principal, Delta Academies Trust

Kirsty Holt is currently the Principal at Goole Academy. She has been in education for more than 20 years and has a wealth of experience having been a Senior Leader in three schools prior to joining Goole. Her background sits in driving high standards in teaching and learning as well as establishing a strong culture for behaviour. Kirsty is an experienced and highly successful facilitator and has led a number of NPQLBC groups, all of whom have achieved excellent outcomes.

Sarah Fletcher, Assistant Headteacher, The Rose Learning Trust

Sarah is an experienced senior leader in a large, diverse primary school in Doncaster. She has areas of expertise in Early Years and SEND. Sarah has previously worked as a Specialist Leader of Education offering support and facilitating training across the region. Sarah is passionate about inclusion and ensuring the best possible outcomes for young people and their families.

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.