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Starts on 11/09/2023

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12 months

Designed for

Aspiring middle leaders

Middle leaders


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

  • For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

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 NPQLT, 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 NPQLT, 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.

Steven Honeyman, Director of Teaching and Learning, Hoyland Common Academy Trust. 

Steve is experienced in the design and delivery of CPD programmes for teachers in his own trust, as well as providing support for trainee and early career teachers, and more experienced teachers in his SLE role. He is an expert coach and advocate for evidence-based strategies to improve classroom practice. 

Tony Staneff, Head of External Initiatives, Trinity MAT, Halifax.

Tony has oversight of the strategic direction of Trinity Institute of Education and is a highly experienced and effective senior leader. He is also responsible for leading his current school to an ‘outstanding’ grading for the quality of teaching. Additionally, Tony has led notable improvements in maths progress in his current school – to the top 5% in the UK.

Mark Foster, Director of Trinity Institute of Education, Trinity MAT, Halifax.

Mark has been a successful faculty and curriculum leader, as well as high performing senior leader with responsibility for curriculum and teacher development.  Through his role as Director of Trinity Institute of Education, Mark has developed outstanding knowledge and understanding of teacher development and wider school improvement.  Mark has been a lead NPQ facilitator for many years and has facilitated professional development for teachers and school leaders across the north of England.

Cath Walker, Deputy Headteacher, Brayton Academy, Selby. 

Cath has been extensively involved in teacher development, particularly through coaching and mentoring, working with teachers and trainees to improve their practice through bespoke research-based training. She is an ECT lead and is ITT lead for Rodillian MAT. She has considerable experience of planning and facilitating training to different groups of staff. 

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 (click here).

For an exploratory conversation about which NPQ is right for you, contact

Further Info

Eligibility and funding

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

  • Have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage, or phase.
  • 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 schools 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.