Topic outline

  • National Professional Qualification in Leadership (NPQ)

    Leadership CoLab

    Leadership CoLab presents the

    National Professional Qualifications:

    The first-choice qualification for aspiring educational leaders

    Designed in collaboration with some of the country’s leading headteachers and academics, NPQs will develop talented leaders from all backgrounds who can deliver educational excellence in a self-improving system and high-quality outcomes for pupils and students.

    NPQs will give you the confidence, skills and professional knowledge you need to deliver the best for pupils and all members of the school community. 

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    About us


    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) provider for the National Professional Qualifications, Leadership CoLab spans London, the South-East of England  and beyond as well as catering for international participants. Through Leadership CoLab, you will be afforded the opportunity to build and develop lifelong networks with colleagues across phases and settings. With a proven history of delivering exceptional context-based and school-led leadership, Leadership CoLab provides world-class support at every stage of your leadership development.

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    ​Find out more about Leadership CoLab and UCL Institute of Education >

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    Our programmes


    The Department for Education’s (DfE) vision is for an education system that drives social mobility, ensuring that every child and young person can access a high quality education, regardless of location, prior attainment, or background. Over the past fifteen years, NCTL and its predecessor bodies have sought to grow professional development opportunities for school leaders, with NPQs at the forefront of this provision. Last year, the DfE convened top headteachers, multi-academy trust (MAT) CEOs, and other sector experts to reform the NPQs to prepare leaders more effectively for the range of leadership roles in today’s school system. The new approach to the NPQs will put the best schools and organisations in the driving seat of leadership professional development. Working within a flexible set of frameworks, IOE Leadership CoLab will design, deliver, and assess the following extended suite of qualifications:

    NPQEL - Executive Leadership

    NPQH - Headship

    NPQSL - Senior Leadership

    NPQML - Middle Leadership

    ​Find out more about Leadership CoLab and UCL Institute of Education >

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    Working with us


    CoLab currently works with around 85 UK-based clusters, principally in London, the East and South East regions, but with an increasing national scope.

    Some of the key benefits to delivering the programmes as a cluster in your local area:

      • 20% participant programme fee discount
      • Reimbursed delivery costs
      • Adaptable material to suit local context (i.e. SEN / faith-based etc)
      • Flexibilty of delivery dates and times
      • Access to UCL IOE academic research and networks
      • Opportunity to collaborate & share with largest national network of NPQ school partners

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    Find out more about the national Professional Qualification in Leadership and other programmes >

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    Become a facilitator


    Facilitator development: leading adult learning
    A new professional development opportunity for SLEs, Lead Practitioners and facilitators of adult learning who design and lead professional development programmes for educators.

    The sessions will enable participants to:
    • explore  what is known from research about effective facilitation
    • develop an understanding of adult learning and the role of the facilitator
    • practise a range of facilitation styles and techniques
    • offer an opportunity for self assessment and peer assessment against the IOE Facilitator Competency Framework.

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    Find out more about training as a Leadership CoLab facilitator >