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Starts on 09/11/2023

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18 months

Designed for

Senior leaders


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

School leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities. Such as:

  • An experienced middle leader
  • A recent deputy headteacher
  • An assistant headteacher
  • Other senior staff

The programme will support you and your setting as follows:

We know that our children and young people need teachers who are committed to their education and are confident learners themselves. Our programmes have been developed with teachers and leaders to:

  • Create professionally confident teachers and leaders.
  • Grow the next generation of leaders with the skills and knowledge to use the evidence base for the benefit of their children and young people.
  • Retain the best teachers who are excellent, collaborative role models for their schools and communities.
  • Inspire leaders who can harness the power of rich learning environments for their children and young people no matter the current circumstances


In order to complete NPQSL, 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 NPQSL, our offer includes as standard:

  • An engaging curriculum which blends face-to-face, online and self-study.
  • A supportive facilitator and peer network.
  • Local groups with reduced travel time.

Dates, times & locations of training sessions

February 2023 – July 2024 (18 months)

October 2023 – March 2025 (18 months)

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

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Our facilitators are expert teachers and proven leaders working in schools throughout the hub communities.

Vicky Marks, Principal, New College, Pontefract.

Vicky is Principal of New College Pontefract and has wide ranging experience of leadership within both the secondary and post 16 sectors. In particular, she has experience of leading data and curriculum, as well as maths, science and SEND.

Diane Heritage, Senior Associate EEF and Education Consultant.

Diane is independent chair for the Exchange TSH strategic group. She has experience of headship and educational leadership at local, regional, and national level. Diane has developed expertise across all phases and brings a wealth of expertise in leadership development, facilitation and programme design. She is currently Senior Associate with the Education Endowment Foundation working with a range of partners to bring the use of evidence-based practice closer to schools.

Matthew Harris, Headteacher, Burton Road Primary School, Barnsley.

Matthew is a highly experienced headteacher and is a National Leader of Education (NLE). He is an experienced facilitator and has delivered headteacher and leadership CPD for Barnsley Alliance Board. In addition to Matthew’s experience and expertise as a highly successful system leader, he has worked in partnership with other schools to help facilitate their school improvement and develop their leadership capacity.

John Rooney, Headteacher, The McAuley Catholic High school, Doncaster. 

John is in his second headship and has extensive leadership experience covering 25 years in schools facing a range of challenges across the North of England. He has an extensive and successful track record in developing leadership and staff teams with a particular interest in focusing on staff welfare and well-being.   

Nicola Williams, NPQ Programme Lead, Exchange Teaching Hub, Knottingley.

Nicola is a highly experienced principal (formerly of The Vale Academy in Brigg), associate executive principal, and NPQ facilitator. She has also contributed to the NPQ content delivered by teaching school hubs across the UK.  Nicola has a track record and reputation as a proven leader, delivering outstanding outcomes for students. She is currently leading the NPQ programme for Exchange Teaching Hub.

Kate Rowley, Director of Quality Improvement, Delta Academies Trust.

Kate is the Director of Quality Improvement for Delta Academies Trust. Before this, she was a Senior His Majesty’s Inspector for Ofsted, working across all phases of education, including with teacher training providers and local authorities. This role followed 15 very rewarding years of primary headship, including executive headship. Kate highlights the ‘best bit’ of all these roles as being the brilliant people she has worked with.

Rebecca Rowett NPQ Facilitator, Exchange Teaching Hub, Knottingley.

With over 25 years of experience working in the primary sector as a teacher, senior leader, Headteacher and most recently as a School Improvement Advisor for a local authority, Rebecca has the skills and knowledge in working with leaders to improve outcomes for children. In these roles Rebecca has facilitated school improvement through; developing leadership at all levels, providing professional development to improve the quality of teaching and learning, considering curriculum design and by supporting with strategic planning. Rebecca has been involved in the development, design and delivery of several professional development programmes for teachers, leaders and governors and is now delivering on the NPQ programmes for the Exchange Teaching Hub.

Next Steps

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

Further Info

Eligibility and funding

Full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant, for the NPQ for Senior Leadership is available to those who meet the following criteria:

  • Are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.
  • 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 £1055 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 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.