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NPQLBC: National Professional Qualification for Leading Behaviour and Culture

For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.

Autumn cohort 2024

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About the programme


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 Behaviour and Culture 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 skills in pupil behaviour and wellbeing.
  • 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. 
  • Enabling Conditions for Good Behaviour - you will deepen your knowledge of the best ways to develop, embed and sustain good models of behaviour and learning across the whole school community. 
  • Complex Behavioural Needs - you will learn how to support pupils who need intensive support with their learning and behaviour, working alongside specialist colleagues to ensure all children are safe and supported.
  • 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 to you?

Participants have outlined many benefits to studying for an NPQLBC. Overall, they outline how the programme has given them professional confidence, time and space to reflect on themselves and the kind of leader they want to become and increased knowledge in their chosen area of study.

You will be able to:

  • Develop the skills, confidence and knowledge to implement new initiatives successfully through a supported implementation project.
  • Understand how developing school culture is key to success.
  • Learn about effective whole school approaches to improve behaviour and culture.
  • Develop an understanding of your own influential presence, attitude and behaviours and how that impacts on pupil learning.
  • Involve colleagues in decision-making processes and develop the skills of collaborative co-coaching.
  • Access research and materials and have many opportunities to discuss a variety of whole school behaviour approaches and models with other teachers.

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 behaviour and wellbeing or aspire to pastoral leadership.


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.

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 October 2024. There will be an induction conference taking place in November 2024, which will be confirmed during the application process. Participants are required to attend the conference.

The cost is £902 for those in independent schools. British International Schools, please contact your preferred International Delivery Partner.


Are scholarships available for this programme?

Funding to cover the course fees for this NPQ is available for teachers and school leaders in many state-funded settings in England. You can find out how to check the eligibility of your workplace for autumn 2024 when the DFE registration opens later this year.


Programme route map

NPQLBC route map, spring 2024.
Route map (text version)
NPQ Programme Induction (February 2024)

Watch online programme information webinars  

Induction Conference 2.5hrs – February 2024

Module 1 (February 2024 - March 2024)

Self-directed Study - UCL eXtend
Learning Audit 30 mins – February 

Self-directed Study - UCL eXtend
Online Self-directed Study: 8hrs – February 2024 – May 

Facilitated Activity / 1 to 1 meeting / virtual or live event
Peer Learning Group 1: 3hrs – March 

Self-directed Study - UCL eXtend
Formative Assessment Tasks: 1hr – April/May 

Facilitated Activity / 1 to 1 meeting / virtual or live event
Line Manager / Mentor Check-in: 1hr – May 

Self-directed Study UCL eXtend
End of Module Evaluation: 15 mins – May

Self-directed Study UCL eXtend
Programme Impact Report*: 15 mins – May

Module 2* (May 2024 – October 2024)

Self-directed Study UCL eXtend
Learning Audit: 30 mins – May

Facilitated Activity / 1 to 1 meeting / virtual or live event
Peer Learning Group 2: 3hrs – May/June

Self-directed Study UCL eXtend
Online Self-directed Study 8hrs – June/October

Self-directed Study UCL eXtend
Formative Assessment Tasks: 1hr – June/July

Facilitated Activity / 1 to 1 meeting / virtual or live event
Line Manager / Mentor Check-in: 1hr – July

Facilitated Activity / 1 to 1 meeting / virtual or live event
Peer Learning Group 3: 3hrs – September/October

Self-directed Study UCL eXtend
End of Module Evaluation: 15 mins – October

Module 3* (October 2024 - January 2025)

Self-directed Study UCL eXtend
Learning Audit: 30 mins – October  

Self-directed Study UCL eXtend
Online Self-directed Study: 8hrs – October/January 

Facilitated Activity / 1 to 1 meeting / virtual or live event
Peer Learning Group 4: 3hrs – October/November

Self-directed Study UCL eXtend
Formative Assessment Tasks: 1hr – November/December

Facilitated Activity / 1 to 1 meeting / virtual or live event
Line Manager / Mentor Check-in: 1hr – November/December

Facilitated Activity / 1 to 1 meeting / virtual or live event
Consolidation Conference: 5 hrs – November/December 

Self-directed Study UCL eXtend
End of Module Evaluation: 15 mins – December/January

Self-directed Study UCL eXtend
Programme Impact Report*: 15 mins – December/January

Final Assessment Preparation (January 2025 – February 2025)

Ensure 90% engagement– January/February

Ensure Access to Assessment Platform – January/February


*Please note, Line Managers / Mentors will be asked to complete a short Programme Impact Report at the end of module 1 and 3 to gauge how engagement with the programme is supporting School / Improvement. This is separate from the Line Manager / Mentor Check-in which is more participant focused.

Runs over 12 months: Implementation Project: Work-based reflective learning, integrating research with practice and aligned to the EEF process model for school improvement (not assessed).

After 12 months: Final Summative Assessment (February 2025)


How to apply

To apply, please go to DfE NPQ Registration Service and choose UCL as your provider | Find out more about the application process.


What do participants say?

I have really enjoyed this module and particularly found the 'Enabling Conditions for Good behavior' case studies interesting. I enjoyed reading the case study about routines and how important these are within a school setting. It was interesting to read about consistency across subjects so ensure students know exactly what to expect and this then becomes an automatic response. "

Participant Autumn 2022
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