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Starts on 01/02/2024

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12 months

Designed for

Head teachers


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Our Early Headship Coaching Offer is a tailored programme of professional learning for the following: 

  • School leaders who are headteachers, principals or heads of school with responsibility for leading a school and participating in the NPQH programme. 
  • Head teachers or principals in the first five years of headship who have completed NPQH before their first headship role. 

The programme will support you and your setting as follows: 

Drawing on the expertise of UCL Institute of Education and proven leaders within the hub communities, our Early Headship Coaching Offer involves a supportive, non-assessed programme which is:   

  • Knowledge and evidence based.  
  • Drawn from expert theory and current practice.  
  • Solution focused.  
  • Learning embedded in practice, not an additional burden.  
  • Focussed on leader well-being and practice. 


The Early Headship Coaching Offer is not assessed but is designed to support new head teachers and principals with the early challenges of the role. 

In order to take part in the Early Headship Coaching Offer, you will be required to: 

  • Attend 6 x 90-minute small group coaching sessions. 


To support you in the Early Headship Coaching Offer, our support to you includes as standard: 

  • An online programme run centrally by UCL Institute of Education. 
  • A supportive peer network. 

Dates, times & locations of training sessions

Dates, times and locations of training session 

Six 90-minute non-assessed online facilitated peer coaching sessions, designed to support participants with the common challenges of early headship.

October 2023 – September 2024 (12 months)

February 2024 – January 2025 (12 months) 


Our facilitators are expert teachers and proven leaders working in schools throughout the hub communities, accompanied by experts working with UCL Institute of Education. 

Next Steps

Apply now 

Register for the Early Headship Coaching Offer with the DfE:Register for a National Professional Qualification ( and choose UCL when prompted during registration.

Applications are now open for Spring 2024.

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 here. 

For an exploratory conversation about which NPQ is right for you, contact us now at

Further Info

Eligibility and funding 

Full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant, for the NPQ Early Headship Coaching Offer is available for those who meet the following criteria:  

  • NPQH participants.
  • Former NPQH participants.   
  • Are employed in a state-funded school or are employed in a state-funded 16 to 19 organisation in England or starting the training.  

The cost is £800 for those outside the scholarship criteria. 


Additional funding available 

The DfE targeted support fund gives a grant payment of £200 per participant to settings with 1-600 pupils, for every teacher or leader they employ who participates in an NPQ.  

Organisations that are eligible for NPQ scholarship funding will also be eligible for targeted support funding (providing they are a setting with 1-600 pupils), with the exception of non-school-based early years settings (group-based providers and childminders), virtual schools, hospital schools not already included in other categories of eligible organisations, and young offender institutions. 

Please note that school/setting/self-funded applicants will not be eligible for targeted support funding 

Current funding arrangements will continue during 2022-24. 


Deferral or Withdrawal from an NPQ Programme

Only in exceptional circumstances may a participant request either a deferral or withdrawal from their programme. Participants should be aware that there is a process to follow which is outlined in UCL’s NPQ Deferral and Withdrawal Policy.

A participant considering withdrawal from an NPQ Programme should be aware that it is Department for Education Policy to only fund an NPQ course for a participant once. This means that a participant who starts a Department for Education funded NPQ course, and then withdraws from that course, will not be funded again for the same programme.