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National Professional Qualification

NPQ Programmes 2017-2018

NPQML and NPQSL application window is NOW CLOSED!

We are very pleased to announce that the UCL/Institute of Education have now received confirmation of their status as an accredited NPQ provider and as such the New Horizons Teaching School Alliance are very pleased to now be in a position to  publish our cluster dates for the Academic Year 2017/2018.


NPQ Overview

Gain a qualification that gives you national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement within a school setting with this range of Leadership Colab programmes for school leaders.

Leadership CoLab is a partnership between UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and over 200 outstanding schools and partners. As the largest National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) licence provider, Leadership CoLab spans London, the south-east and east regions, as well as catering for international participants.

Through Leadership CoLab you’ll get the opportunity to build and develop lifelong networks with colleagues across all phases and settings. With a proven history of delivering exceptional context-based and school-led leadership, CoLab provides world-class support at every stage of your leadership development.

National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)

Programme Flyer : NPQML Cluster Flyer 2017 Revised


This qualification provides national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a middle leader in a school.

You should have responsibility for leading a team, e.g. as a:

  • key stage leader
  • curriculum area leader
  • subject leader
  • head of development

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)


Programme Flyer : NPQSL Cluster Flyer 2017


This qualification provides national recognition of your leadership development and professional achievement as a senior leader in a school.

It’s expected that you not only have responsibility for leading a team, but you’re also involved in a range of activities that affect the whole school organisation.

This programme is for:

  • senior leaders or those about to take on a substantive senior leader role with whole-school responsibilities
  • deputy/assistant heads who aren’t aspiring to headship at this stage of their career
  • special education needs coordinators (SENCOs) and advanced skills teachers (ASTs) who are looking for professional development, but not aspiring to headship at this stage

The NCTL’s Leadership Curriculum programmes can be used to gain 30 CATS points towards a Masters qualification at UCL.


Why UCL/Institute of Education?

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a world-leading centre for research and teaching in education and social science.

Ranked number one for education worldwide in the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 QS World University Rankings, the IOE was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2016. In 2014, the Institute secured ‘outstanding’ grades from Ofsted on every criterion for its initial teacher training, across primary, secondary and further education programmes. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment of university research, the IOE was top for ‘research power’ (GPA multiplied by the size of the entry) in education. Founded in 1902, the Institute currently has more than 8,000 students and 800 staff. In December 2014 it became a single-faculty school of UCL, called the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

NHTSA and UCL Institute of Education have worked collaboratively delivering the NPQ Programmes successfully as a local cluster for over four years, we are able to show impact and career progression through participant outcomes and professional development.


Venue: All sessions will be held at Strood Academy, Carnation Road, Strood, Kent ME2 2SX.

Duration: 9am – 3pm.


Programme Dates:


9th December 2017- Leading with Impact

27th January 2018 – Leading Learning and Teaching

17th March 2018 – Leading Effective Partnerships

28th April 2018 – Leading Strategically



11th November 2017 – Succeeding In Senior Leadership

13th January 2018 – Leading Learning and Teaching

3rd March 2018 – Leading with Impact

14th April 2018 – Leading Effective Partnerships

12th May 2018 – Leading Strategically


Programme Fees:

NCTL/DfE are no longer in a position to offer any scholarship’s towards the NPQML/SL.  The IOE/UCL has absorbed some of the costs and pricing remains competitive.

For participants wishing to register for the New Horizons/Strood Cluster the programme fees are listed below:


Programme Number on Roll Cluster
NPQML 176 and higher – All schools £795
NPQML 101 to 175 Pri only £398
NPQML 100 or fewer – All schools £100
NPQSL 176 and higher – All schools £995
NPQSL 101 to 175  


NPQSL 100 or fewer – All schools £100


Before any withdrawal from the programme can be approved, a discussion must take place with the programme leader or the cluster leader to ascertain if there is any other method of resolving any issues and finding a way forward. A deferral is the preferred option to a withdrawal. However, if a withdrawal is agreed, NCTL requires you to provide a reason for withdrawal in writing and you may be subject to cancellation fees.

We reserve the right to charge an appropriate fee commensurate with length of time completed on the programme and to include an administration charge.

Refunds of programme fees cannot be made if a participant withdraws during the course of the programme.


Headship – NPQH Application window opens 6th December


Leading a school

Those who are, or are aspiring to become a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school. This includes those who are, or are aspiring to be a head or head of a school with cross-school responsibilities e.g. a National Leader of Education (NLE).


NPQH Flyer NPQH Flyer 2017-2018


Day 1 – Succeeding in Headship

How do you manage the transition from working with someone else’s vision and moral purpose to establishing your own, whilst recognising outside pressures and the changing horizons?

Day 2 – Leading Learning and Teaching

How do you ensure that you understand your own data and create a context driven curriculum for your school to meet the needs of all, delivered through outstanding teaching?

Day 3 – Leading with Impact

How do you manage your own behaviours as a leader in order to promote an outstanding school and effect change successfully through the endeavours of others?

Day 4 – Leading Effective Partnerships

How do you create and sustain a culture of effective partnerships?

Day 5 – Leading Strategically

How do you manage whole school resource management in order to bring about your vision? How do you support and challenge your staff to be aligned to this process?


Venue: UCL Institute of Education, London

Assessment – School Based Project [two academic terms in school]

Placement School Project [9 days in placement school]

Cost – £1,500

Start Date- Spring 2018 (precise dates TBC)

Application Deadline – Application Form Deadline Tuesday, 9th January 2018

Induction Day- NPQH starts with an all-day induction in central London in February 2018, date(s) TBC.

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