Institute of Education


IOE’s National Professional Qualifications praised in DfE quality assurance report

14 February 2019

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been commended for its National Professional Qualifications in education leadership, following a visit from the Department of Education’s quality assurance agent, Tribal.

Woman delivering class on leadership

The IOE is a recognised accredited provider for the NPQ programmes at all four levels (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership, National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership, National Professional Qualification for Headship, and National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership) under the Leadership CoLab.

The assessors were particularly impressed with the recruitment to the programmes: in the last cohort, beginning in autumn 2018, there were close to 2,000 participants across the four levels, and the cluster model at Middle Leader and Senior Leader level where schools deliver the programmes on the IOE’s behalf. 

Feedback from the participants was also very high for the IOE and clusters. Through research with participants it was found that over 90% of respondents would recommend their qualification to a colleague and would recommend UCL as a provider to a colleague.

Standout areas

Exceptional performance was highlighted in the following areas:

  • The use of design teams, to bring together leading educational academic, researchers and practitioners who design, continually evaluate and revise the NPQ programmes so that they are always of a high quality and up-to-date.
  • The use of learning journals which emphasise self-reflection and support the personal learning journey of each participant.
  • The use of key questions which underpin each face to face session and effectively focus participants’ learning.

Annette Beard, Programme Lead on the NPQML and NPQSL, said: “The main strength of UCL’s provision is that it is firmly grounded in high quality evidence and research which comes from a wide range of sources. We are very pleased with this result, and will ensure that we continue to deliver a high quality qualification to leaders in our schools.”