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Starts on 09/11/2023

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12 months

Designed for

ECF leaders

ITT coordinators

Teaching and learning leaders


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

  • Teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school.
  • You may have responsibilities for the development of all teachers across a school or as a mentor for teachers who are early in their career

The programme will support you and your setting as follows:

  • Create professionally confident leaders and teachers.
  • 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 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 NPQLTD, 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 NPQLTD, 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.




Rebecca Lewis, Director of Primary Education, Castleford Academy Trust.

Rebecca was previously a local authority senior adviser in East Riding and Hull, and Executive Principal of an outstanding large primary school and an improvement cluster lead within large multi academy trust. In her work for Castleford Academy, she is responsible for the trust CPD strategy. She has extensive experience in facilitating professional learning for teachers and leaders at all levels of the profession.

Jo O’Brien, Assistant Head Teacher, Castleford Academy Trust.

In her current role, Jo is responsible for planning Castleford Academy’s CPD programme as well as being the Induction Tutor for ECTs. She leads the Five Towns ITT Partnership working with two universities and colleagues in primary and secondary schools across the hub communities. Jo is an experienced SLE and an accredited facilitator for The National College for Teaching and Leadership.

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 us at

Further Info

Eligibility and funding

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

  • Have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development 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 £885 for those 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.