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Starts on 01/10/2024

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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 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.




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.

Christina McGhie, Director for Teacher Development and Pedagogy, Pontefract Academies Trust.

Christina has a proven track record as a highly effective secondary Science teacher and leader. She is passionate about teacher development, having designed and delivered training for teachers at all levels, and is an experienced facilitator for the NPQLT and NPQLTD programmes. In her role at Pontefract Academies Trust, Christina leads on the trust-wide development of pedagogy and professional learning across both primary and secondary phases. She firmly believes that developing expert teachers and leaders is key to tackling educational disadvantage and ensuring that all children leave school with the best possible qualifications and improved life chances.

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.