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Designed for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.


What will you learn?

  • School Culture – you will establish and sustain an effective school culture by setting the strategic direction, managing human and financial resources and fulfilling all statutory duties to enable a sustainable and thriving school community.
  • Teaching – you will learn how to establish and support effective teaching across your school to develop and embed your teacher’s pedagogical knowledge and classroom skills to enable the best outcomes for all children and young people no matter what their starting point is.
  • Curriculum and Assessment – you will learn how to support and sustain high quality planning, teaching, learning and assessment by ensuring the implementation of effective and coherent policies. Appropriate and well-designed professional development for the teachers in your school will align with these priorities.
  • Behaviour and Support – you will be able to establish and sustain high standards of behaviour and learning across the whole school community, including liaising with and training key stakeholders to ensure a safe, inclusive learning environment for all.
  • Implementation – you will learn how to implement change successfully within your context by understanding the stages of implementation and aligning it with wider school improvement priorities.

What are the benefits to you?

Our participants have outlined many benefits to studying for an NPQH. 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 professional development initiatives successfully through a supported implementation project.
  • Challenge pre-conceived ideas.
  • Understand how to develop a culture in a school and know how to model it as school.
  • Strengthen and affirm your thinking and understanding of high-quality leadership approaches.
  • Learn how to provide a framework that encourages a safe, sustainable learning culture for pupil progress.
  • Access research and materials and have many opportunities to discuss a variety of professional development 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 aspire to leading a school as a head of school or headteacher.

How long will it take?

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



In order to complete NPQH, 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 NPQH, 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.

The Early Headship Coaching Offer is an optional extra to the NPQH, run centrally by UCL.

The Early Headship Coaching Offer is a non-assessed, supportive peer network for head teachers and principals in the first five years of their role.  Find out more here.


Dates, times & locations of training sessions

October 2023 – March 2025 (18 months)

February 2024 – July 2025 (18 months)

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

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Apply now

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 October 2023.

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 (click here).