Leading Teaching

For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

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Course Overview

Registration date October 2022. Participants can register with the Department for Education from October 2022 and will be prompted to complete a short application with UCL
Start date February 2023
Course length 1 year
Accreditation Department for Education (DfE)
Fees State School participants will receive sponsorship from DfE. The fee for self-funded or Independent School participants is £885. Please note that anyone receiving DfE sponsorship will not be permitted to withdraw and then restart the same NPQ.

Course Curriculum

"The interaction and organisation were excellent. There were great networking opportunities and the delivery was clear and coherent."

A recent participant


Completion of the programme and maintaining an average of at least 90% engagement with all components is required for success. Participants will also be asked to develop and present on an implementation plan which reflects their learning and complete a case study response (approx.1500 words) during a short time window at the end of the programme.


If you'd like to enrol on the Leading Teaching NPQ with us, in the first instance, you should register with the Department for Education on the NPQ Registration Services area. You will need to provide your Teacher Reference Number (TRN).

Guidance on acquiring a TRN, can be found on the Gov.uk website.

You will then need to apply directly with UCL. Application details can be found here.

Your questions answered

Louisa Horner is CATS Global Schools’ Learning & Development Lead. She has completed her own NPQ in Senior Leadership and leads the facilitation of NPQs for CATS Global Schools, so can share insight into the learning experience and time commitments. Here she answers your most frequently asked questions.

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