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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 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 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.

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. 

Helen Bellinger, Programme Design & Development Lead, Exchange Teaching Hub, Knottingley.

Helen Bellinger is the former Director of Doncaster Research School having 30 years’ experience in teaching, leadership and school improvement roles. She has a proven track in supporting schools to improve outcomes for pupils as an Executive Headteacher, System Leader, School Improvement Partner, Pupil Premium Reviewer and Consultant. Helen has worked with many new and more-experienced school leaders. She has a strong awareness of both the challenges and opportunities which school leadership brings and is passionate about helping leaders to be the best they can be.

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

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.