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Starts on 01/10/2024

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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 2024 – January 2025 (12 months)

October 2024 – September 2025 (12 months)

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

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.

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.


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.