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NPQ scholarship funding announced!

National Professional Qualification (NPQ) scholarships are available to state-funded schools.  Schools are encouraged to act now to secure places for their workforce with scholarship funding available for the next three years (subject to continued availability). Cohorts of each programme will commence each November and February (subject to demand).

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

Teachers and leaders employed in state-funded schools, and state-funded organisations that offer 16-19 places, in England will be able to access a fully-funded NPQ from Autumn 2021, to support teachers and pupils following the disruption to learning faced as a result of COVID-19. Subject to availability, scholarship will be provided for three years.

Previously, NPQ scholarship funding was limited to the National Professional Qualification for Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD) and the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) for headteachers in the role for less than two years, unless the school was in the top 30th percentile for the Pupil Premium. Now, all NPQ programmes attract scholarship funding for state-funded schools and colleges.

Access to funding remains conditional on successful validation 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

Download the DfE leaflet here.


Frequently Asked Questions 

1. Which NPQs are fully funded? 

Each qualification in the updated suite will be fully funded if the applicant meets the eligibility criteria outlined below. 

2. Who is eligible for funding?  

Teachers and leaders employed in state-funded schools and state-funded organisations that offer 16-19 places in England will be able to access a fully funded NPQ from Autumn 2021, to support teachers and pupils following the disruption to learning faced as a result of COVID-19. 

Applicants who are not eligible for scholarship funding, will still be able to undertake an NPQ and should contact their local teaching school hub (Bradford Teaching School Hub: directly.

3. Who are the NPQs for?

The specialist and leadership NPQs provide training and support for teachers and school leaders at all levels, from those who want to develop expertise in high-quality teaching practice, such as behaviour management, to those leading multiple schools across trusts. 

They are part of a wider set of teacher development reforms which together will create a ‘golden thread’ of high-quality evidence underpinning the support, training and development available through the entirety of a teacher’s career. 

NPQs have been designed with teachers and leaders in mind using the latest evidence and can be completed flexibly around existing commitments.