National Professional Qualifications
The Department for Education have announced that as well as the continued scholarship funding making NPQs free to all state schools, there is an additional payment to all Primary Schools and smaller secondary schools (see below for more details).
As part of the government’s long-term education recovery plan, it was announced in May 2022 that funding for fully-funded NPQ training scholarships has been extended until the academic year 2023 to 2024.
Scholarships are available, making NPQs completely free, to teachers and leaders in the following settings:
- state-funded schools
- state-funded 16 to 19 organisations
- independent special schools
- virtual schools (local authority run organisations that support the education of children in care)
- hospital schools not already included in other categories of eligible organisations
- young offender institutions
Additional funding for smaller schools to support time out of school
For each teacher or leader, a state-funded school or state-funded 16-19 organisation employs who takes an NPQ in 2023/24 academic year will receive a grant payment of:
- £200 for state-funded primary schools with more than 150 pupils
- £800 for state-funded primary schools with one to 150 pupils
- £200 for state-funded secondary schools and state-funded 16-19 educational settings with one to 600 pupils
Targeted support funding is not available for participants taking the EHCO (Early Headship Coaching Offer) unless they’re also taking another NPQ course.
If you work in a school, you can search GIAS (Get Information About Schools) Database to check how many pupils are recorded for your school.
If you work in a 16 to 19 education setting, you can check the List of Organisations eligible for the Targeted Support Fund in the 23/24 academic year.
If you are not eligible for scholarship funding, you can still undertake an NPQ and should contact the Alban TSH on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.