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Department for Education NPQ Funding 

As part of the government’s long-term education recovery plan, £184 million of new funding for NPQs was announced on 2nd June 2021 to be spent over the course of this parliament. 

NPQ in Leading Teacher Development

Full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant, for the NPQ in Leading Teacher Development is available to all teachers who meet the following criteria:

  • Have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school, and
  • Work in a state funded school in England.
NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture

Full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant, for the NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture is available to all teachers who meet the following criteria:

  • Have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school, and
  • Work in a state funded school in England that is within the top 30th percentile in relation to pupils on Pupil Premium as of the end of the previous academic year.
NPQ in Leading Teaching

Full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant, for the NPQ in Leading Teaching is available to all teachers who meet the following criteria:

  • Have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage, or phase, and
  • Work in a state funded school in England that is within the top 30th percentile in relation to pupils on Pupil Premium as of the end of the previous academic year.
NPQ in Senior Leadership

Full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant, for the NPQ in Senior Leadership is available to those who meet the following criteria:

  • Are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities, and
  • Work in a state funded school in England that is within the top 30th percentile in relation to pupils on Pupil Premium as of the end of the previous academic year.
NPQ in Headship

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

  • Are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school, and
  • Work in a state funded school in England that is within the top 30th percentile in relation to pupils on Pupil Premium as of the end of the previous academic year.

OR

Are a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school, and

  • Are in the first 2 academic years of headship, and
  • Work in a state funded school in England.
Additional support offer for the NPQ in Headship

In addition to the reformed suite of NPQs, the department is introducing an additional support offer for new headteachers from autumn 2021. This is a targeted support package for teachers new to the role of headship.

  • You are eligible for this targeted support package if you meet the following criteria:
  • are in your first 24 months of headship
  • work in a state-funded school in England upon starting the training
  • have either completed an NPQH before taking up your first headship post or are currently taking the NPQH
  • have not withdrawn from the additional support programme previously
NPQ in Executive Leadership

Full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant, for the NPQ in Executive Leadership is available to those who meet the following criteria:

  • Are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher or have a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools, and
  • Work in a state funded school in England that is within the top 30th percentile in relation to pupils on Pupil Premium as of the end of the previous academic year

Access to funding remains conditional on successful verification of participants’ registration information against Teaching Regulation Agency records, so you must ensure that the information supplied to your NPQ Provider matches your teacher record. You can check and update your record via the Teaching Regulation Agency’ Teacher Self-Service Portal.

The Department for Education have published a list of schools which are eligible for full funding due to being in the top 30th percentile in relation to pupils on Pupil Premium as of the end of the previous academic year. Please note that until this list appears on the Department for Education website it should be treated as subject to confirmation.