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National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching (NPQLT)

Deepen your knowledge of Leading Teaching.

Spring cohort 2022

About the programme


Who are you?

A teacher who aspires to or may have responsibility for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.


Why join UCL?

The UCL Centre for Educational Leadership looks forward to working with you on their newly designed NPQ supporting you to deepen your knowledge of Leading Teaching within a collaborative and open learning environment.

Based on the latest research and evidence this new programme will enable you to take your new learning and develop your skills and put them into practice.

Our programmes put you and your school at the heart of the programme through a professional learning group approach that helps you to share your thinking and understanding within a well-planned framework. You will experience a blended approach of face to face, self-directed study materials and in school support to enable you to progress professionally and develop networks to enhance your career.


What will you learn?

  • Teaching - you will learn how to support teachers at all levels in your school to develop their knowledge and classroom skills in leading teaching.
  • School culture - you will strengthen your ability and that of your colleagues to contribute to a school culture in which pupils can thrive and succeed. 
  • How pupils learn - you will deepen your knowledge of the best ways to develop, adapt, embed and practice good models of learning across the whole school community. 
  • Subject and curriculum - you will learn how to support and improve high quality teaching, learning and assessment in your subject or phase. 
  • Implementation - you will learn how to implement change successfully within your context by understanding the stages of implementation and applying them with the support of your facilitators and colleagues.

What are the benefits for your school?

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.

Is this programme for me?

Yes, if you are responsible for any aspect of leading a subject, year group or phase or aspire to leading teaching in your context.


How long will it take?

12 months followed by an 8 day open book summative case study task.

Summary of programme and learning hours

 


Summary of programme and learning hours - text version

Audit before start of the programme

Total hours (three terms): 1 hour.

One day induction conference at the beginning of year one

Total hours (three terms): 5 hours.

One day consolidation conference at the end of year one 

Total hours (three terms): 4 hours.

Self-directed learning, learning journal and implementation project

Every term (three terms): 9 hours per term (minimum).
Total hours (three terms): 27 hours.

Online learning community: discussion session

Every term (three terms): 1 hour each term (minimum).
Total hours (three terms): 3 hours.

Peer learning group and live session

Every term (three terms): 3 hours in term one and term three, 6 hours in term two.
Total hours (three terms): 12 hours.

Line manager sessions

Every term (three terms): termly 1 hour meeting.
Total hours (three terms): 3 hours.

Total programme hours

Every term (three terms): 55 hours.


When will it start and how much will it cost?

The programme will start in February 2022 with the induction conference taking place on Tuesday, 1 March 2022 or Thursday, 3 March 2022. Participants have to attend one of these dates.

The cost is £885* for those in independent schools. British International Schools, contact us directly for prices. The programme is fully funded in English state schools (read more below).

*A discount has been applied for this NPQ programme for the Spring 2022 cohort.


Are scholarships available for this programme?

Full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant, for the NPQ in 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. 

Programme route map

NPQLT programme route map (February 2022 start)

Programme route map text version

Module 1 (February - May 2022)
  1. Self-directed Study:
    Leadership Audit, 1hr – February. Initial audit of learning shaping the learning to the needs of participants and reflective of their contexts.

  2. Facilitated  Activity:
    Induction Conference, 5hrs – March. Face to Face event designed to provide an overview of the programme, expert input, an introduction to Peer Learning Groups and specialist community networking.

  3. Self-directed Study:
    Online Self-directed Study, 8hrs – March. Module 1 integrated online programme of self-study covering NPQ domain framework content.

  4. Facilitated  Activity:
    Peer Learning Group, 3hrs (x2 1.5hrs) – March/April. Facilitated online event to challenge and support domain learning and translate research into practice linked to implementation project.

  5. Self-directed Study:
    Learning Journal, 1hr – April. Reflection on learning from Induction Conference, self-directed learning, formative assessment tasks, work-based learning and Peer Learning Groups.

  6. Facilitated  Activity:
    Mentor Check-in, 1hr – May. Line Manager Check-in on progress.

Module 2 (June - September 2022)
  1. Facilitated  Activity:
    Peer Learning Group, 3hrs (x2 1.5hrs) – June/July. Facilitated online event to challenge and support domain learning and translate research into practice linked to implementation project.

  2. Self-directed Study;
    Online Self-directed Study, 8hrs – July/August/September. Module 2 integrated online programme of self-study covering NPQ domain framework content.

  3. Self-directed Study;
    Learning Journal, 2hrs – July/August/September. Reflection on learning from Induction Conference, self-directed learning, formative assessment tasks, work-based learning and Peer Learning Groups.

  4. Facilitated  Activity:
    Mentor Check-in, 1hr – September/October. Line Manager Check-in on progress.

  5. Facilitated  Activity:
    Peer Learning Group, 3hrs (x2 1.5hrs) – September/October. Facilitated online event to challenge and support domain learning and translate research into practice linked to implementation project.
     

Module 3 (October 2022 - January 2023)
  1. Self-directed Study;
    Online Self-directed Study, 8hrs – October/November. Module 3 integrated online programme of self-study covering NPQ domain framework content.

  2. Facilitated  Activity:
    Peer Learning Group, 3hrs (x2 1.5hrs) – November/December. Facilitated online event to challenge and support domain learning and translate research into practice linked to implementation project.

  3. Self-directed Study;
    Learning Journal, 2hrs – December. Reflection on learning from Induction Conference, self-directed learning, formative assessment tasks, work-based learning and Peer Learning Groups.

  4. Facilitated  Activity:
    Mentor Check-in, 1hr – December/January. Line Manager Check-in on progress.

  5. Facilitated  Activity:
    Consolidation Conference, 5hrs – January. Face to Face event designed to review programme learning, share impact of work-based learning and provide an overview of summative assessment activity
     

Runs over 12 months: Implementation project - work-based reflective learning integrating research with practice and aligned to the EEF process model for school improvement. 

After the 12 months: Final summative assessment.


What do participants say?

I have really enjoyed taking part in the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML) to have professional discussions with colleagues across my local area about how best to use educational research in order to lead with impact. It has encouraged me to launch a project which has been a rewarding experience and had a positive impact on the students I teach. The course is well structured and thought out, I have been impressed with their flexibility during the pandemic. It has given me more focus and made me more reflective and strategic. I would really recommend this to staff who are looking to become a middle leader or who have recently taken on this responsibility."

Participant

Great to meet other practitioners and share our experiences, challenges and successes with a view to self-developing. The course has made me consider other perspectives on features of teaching practice which I just took for granted. Leadership accreditation will look brilliant on your C.V. and the expert course leaders are welcoming, engaging and entertaining."

​​​Participant