NPQ Scholarship Funding Explained

NPQ Scholarship Funding Explained

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

Training scholarships for the NPQ in Leading Teacher Development are 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
  • are employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded 16 to 19 organisations in England

Training scholarships for the NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture are available to all teachers who meet the following criteria:

  • have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school
  • are employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded 16 to 19 organisations in England

Training scholarships for the NPQ in Leading Teaching are 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
  • are employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded 16 to 19 organisations in England

Training scholarships for the NPQ in Senior Leadership are available to those who meet the following criteria:

  • are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities
  • are employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded 16 to 19 organisations in England

Training scholarships for the NPQ in Headship are 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
  • are employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded 16 to 19 organisations in England

Training scholarships for the NPQ in Executive Leadership are 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
  • are employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded 16 to 19 organisations in England

 

Additional support offer for the NPQ in Headship

You are eligible for this targeted support package if you meet the following criteria:

  • are in your first 24 months of headship
  • are employed in a state-funded school, or are employed in a state-funded 16 to 19 organisation in England upon starting the training
  • have either completed a national professional qualification for headship (NPQH) before taking up your first headship post or are currently taking the NPQH
  • have not withdrawn from the additional support programme previously

The offer provides structured, unassessed face-to-face support based on the best available evidence about what makes an effective headteacher. While the exact content of this support will depend on the provider chosen, activities could include a combination of group coaching, one-to-one support discussions and peer network support.

You can contact your local teaching school hub, lead provider or other delivery partner to find out more. 

 

For further information about NPQ Scholarship funding, please visit the DfE website here.