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Starts on 09/11/2023

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12 months

Designed for

Aspiring middle leaders

Middle leaders



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Our NPQLL offers you a tailored programme of professional learning for teachers who have, or aspire to have, responsibility for leading literacy across a year group, key stage, phase or school. The programme will help you develop the following:

  • Teaching – you will use what you learn to support teachers at all levels in your school to develop their knowledge of literacy development and literacy learning and to improve their literacy teaching, including language, reading and writing.
  • School culture – you will learn how to enhance literacy teaching and to champion all aspects of literacy across a school, strengthening your ability and that of your colleagues to contribute to a school culture in which pupils can thrive and succeed.
  • Professional development – you will deepen your knowledge of the best ways to provide effective professional development in literacy curriculum, pedagogy and assessment across the whole school community. You will engage in leading and developing a team of teachers focused on improving literacy attainment across your school.
  • Subject and curriculum – you will learn about the fundamental importance of literacy and recognise the impact it has on pupils’ future achievement and life chances. You will learn how to support and improve high quality teaching, learning and assessment in your subject or phase. You will acquire the essential knowledge, skills and concepts that underpin successful literacy teaching.
  • Implementation – focusing on literacy, you will learn how to implement change successfully within your context by understanding the stages of implementation and applying them with the support of your facilitators and colleagues.


In order to complete NPQLL, 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 NPQLL, 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 in Barnsley, Doncaster, Selby and Wakefield.

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

Jo Bowman, Deputy Head of Exchange Teacher Training, Knottingley.

Jo has recently joined Exchange Teacher Training as Deputy Head. Jo has previously been responsible for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. She was an English subject leader who has delivered professional development to colleagues across the Pontefract Academies Trust. She has planned, resourced and carried out a bespoke CPD module that aimed to support teachers with the delivery of engaging lessons that develop pupils’ language and vocabulary. In addition, she is a Coaching Champion and has considerable experience in this field.

Jo Twiby, Executive Director, Exchange Teaching Hub, Knottingley.

Jo is a highly experienced system leader, subject leader, and NPQ facilitator. She designs, delivers and leads on sustained, evidence-informed professional development at scale. Jo has a track record and reputation as a proven leader, delivering outstanding outcomes for students, with notable success in outcomes for disadvantaged students, having led on English and literacy across the curriculum in two large, successful multi-academy trusts, following her role as an Advanced Skills Teacher and subject leader at Ash Hill Academy, in Doncaster.


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

  • A teacher who has or aspires to have responsibility for leading literacy across a year group, key stage, phase or school.
  • Colleagues whose application is supported by their line manager.
  • Fully funded for all state-funded schools and state-funded 16-19 settings, independent special schools, hospital schools, virtual schools and young offenders’ institutions (from Autumn 2022).
  • Work in independent special schools.
  • Work in hospital schools.
  • Work in virtual schools
  • Work in young offenders’ institutions.
  • £885 for other schools and organisations

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.