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National Professional Qualifications


Balcarras & Odyssey Teaching School Hubs are delighted to work in collaboration with UCL to provide National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) within the Gloucestershire region and surrounding areas.  These events will be held at either Balcarras School or Pate's Grammar School in Cheltenham.

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The process for applying for National Professional Qualifications (NPQ’s) has changed and all individual applicants must register with the DfE NPQ Registration Service prior to applying to their chosen NPQ Lead Provider.  In addition, applications must be submitted by the teacher applying for the NPQ , and Headteacher’s agreement must be secured before registering with the DfE NPQ Registration Service.

Step 1: Register with the DfE

Click here for the registration service, or visit the DfE NPQ Registration Service at:  

  • The following information is required to register:
  • Teacher Reference Number (TRN) Name as recorded by the Teacher Regulation Agency (TRA)
  • Choice of NPQ (programme applying for)
  • Lead Provider : UCL Institute to Education is the chosen NPQ provider of Balcarras & Odyssey Teaching School Hubs for Gloucestershire
  • Delivery Partner: your local Teaching School Hub (Balcarras or Odyssey, based on school location)
  • The deadline for registration with the DfE is 23rd September 2022.

Once registration is complete, the DfE will confirm registration to applicants and forward applicant details to our chosen Lead Provider - UCL Institute to Education.

Step 2: Register with Balcarras & Odyssey Teaching School Hubs

To ensure access to course information and support during your application, please click here to register your NPQ interest with Balcarras & Odyssey Teaching School Hubs (NPQ Delivery Partners).  This is to help us ensure that applicants do not miss key communications around the delivery of the courses they are applying for.

Step 3: Complete application with UCL Institute of Education

UCL Institute of Education will contact applicants with a link to their UCL application form.  On receipt of the completed application, headteachers will be contacted via email to confirm that the applicant has been accepted onto an NPQ programme as well as funding confirmation (if relevant).

The deadline for this is the 30th September 2022.

Step 4: Programme Confirmation

NPQ delivery partners for Gloucestershire, Balcarras & Odyssey Teaching School Hubs will contact all participants about their chose NPQ dates and programme outline.