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Starts on 01/10/2024

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12 months

Designed for

Aspiring middle leaders

Middle leaders



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Our NPQLL offers you a tailored programme of professional learning for teachers who have, or aspire to have, responsibility for leading literacy across a year group, key stage, phase or school. The programme will help you develop the following:

  • Teaching – you will use what you learn to support teachers at all levels in your school to develop their knowledge of literacy development and literacy learning and to improve their literacy teaching, including language, reading and writing.
  • School culture – you will learn how to enhance literacy teaching and to champion all aspects of literacy across a school, strengthening your ability and that of your colleagues to contribute to a school culture in which pupils can thrive and succeed.
  • Professional development – you will deepen your knowledge of the best ways to provide effective professional development in literacy curriculum, pedagogy and assessment across the whole school community. You will engage in leading and developing a team of teachers focused on improving literacy attainment across your school.
  • Subject and curriculum – you will learn about the fundamental importance of literacy and recognise the impact it has on pupils’ future achievement and life chances. You will learn how to support and improve high quality teaching, learning and assessment in your subject or phase. You will acquire the essential knowledge, skills and concepts that underpin successful literacy teaching.
  • Implementation – focusing on literacy, 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.



In order to complete NPQLL, you will be required to:

  • Attend all programme sessions.
  • Ensure a minimum of 90% engagement with the programme.
  • Complete a summative case study style assessment.

To support you in the completion of NPQLL, our offer includes as standard:

  • An engaging curriculum which blends face-to-face, online and self-study and which exemplifies the DfE standard for teachers’ professional development.
  • A supportive facilitator and peer network.
  • Local cohort groups to reduce travel time.

The Framework:

National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Leading Literacy Framework (

Dates, times & locations of training sessions

October 2024 – September 2025 (12 months)

February 2025 – January 2026 (12 months)

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



Our facilitators are expert teachers and proven leaders working in schools throughout the Hub communities.

Jo Bowman, Deputy Head of Exchange Teacher Training, Knottingley.

Jo has recently joined Exchange Teacher Training as Deputy Head. Jo has previously been responsible for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. She was an English subject leader who has delivered professional development to colleagues across the Pontefract Academies Trust. She has planned, resourced and carried out a bespoke CPD module that aimed to support teachers with the delivery of engaging lessons that develop pupils’ language and vocabulary. In addition, she is a Coaching Champion and has considerable experience in this field.

Stephanie Barton, Deputy Head of Exchange Teaching Hub, Knottingley.

Stephanie is an experienced secondary English teacher and leader, having worked in a range of diverse schools across the North of England, consistently securing outcomes for children well above the national average. She has worked as a Vice Principal across two schools, responsible for behaviour, attendance and inclusion. Stephanie is passionate about tackling educational disadvantage through inspiring professional learning and has been involved in the design and delivery of a range of professional development programmes for teachers and leaders at all stages of their career.


Next Steps

Apply now

The Department for Education (DfE) are currently accepting registrations for the Autumn 2024 cohort. Use the link below to access the portal and register today!


🔗DfE Registration


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Further Info

Scholarship funding

Funding for autumn 2024 will target those teachers and leaders who work in the most challenging schools or educational settings, serving more disadvantaged communities.

Scholarship funding to cover the full NPQ course cost will be available to teachers and leaders from:

  • the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding
  • 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage
  • For the early years leadership NPQ, highly disadvantaged early years settings will also be eligible.

Scholarships will continue to be available to all teachers and leaders from publicly funded schools and 16 to 19 educational organisations for the following NPQs:

  • Leading primary maths
  • Headship (NPQH)

For the early headship coaching offer, funding to cover the course fees will be available if you are in your first 5 years of headship in England in a state-funded school or state-funded 16 to 19 organisation. You should also be doing or have done the headship NPQ.

For more information, follow the link below.

🔗NPQ Funding – Department for Education

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 the following policies:

UCL’s NPQ Deferral and Withdrawal Policy. 

BPN’S NPQ Deferral 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.