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NPQLT: National Professional Qualification for Leading Teaching

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

Spring cohort 2023

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 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

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 2023. There will be an induction conference taking place on two dates in February 2023 which will be confirmed during the application process. Participants are required to attend one of these conferences.

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 2023 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 Route Map Feb 2023.
Route map (text version)
NPQ programme induction (January 2023 - February 2023)
Watch online programme information webinars  
Induction Conference 2.5hrs – February/March
Module 1 (February 2023 - May 2023)

Self-directed study - UCL eXtend
Learning audit: 30 mins – February 

Self-directed study - UCL eXtend
Online self-directed Study: 8hrs – February/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
Module engagement form: 15 mins – May

Self-directed study UCL eXtend
End of module completion form: 15 mins – May

Module 2 (May 2023 - October 2023)*

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 – October

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
Module engagement form: 15 mins – October

Self-directed study UCL eXtend
End of module completion form: 15 mins – October

Module 3 (October 2023 - January 2024)*

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

Self-directed study UCL eXtend
Module engagement form: 15 mins – 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 completion form: 15 mins – January

Final assessment preparation (January 2024 - February 2024)

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 2 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 2024)


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 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