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NPQ Overview

National Professional Qualifications are a set of prestigious qualifications, widely recognised by the sector. They are voluntary and are designed to support the professional development of teachers and school leaders at all levels, across primary and secondary schools. There are leadership NPQs and specialist NPQs - see the individual pages for a breakdown of each one to find the one suitable for you. Astra TSH delivers the NPQs with Best Practice Network.

Please apply by 30 June with the NPQ Lead Provider for the Autumn 2024 cohort. Details of how to apply are at the bottom of this page.

Scholarship Funding Eligibility

For the Autumn 2024 cohort there has been a change to DfE funding and scholarships are limited to a number of funded spaces nationwide:

  • All maintained schools in England are eligible for limited scholarships for: NPQ for SENCOs, NPQH, NPQLPM and EHCO

  • Only the top 50% of maintained schools in England with the highest % of pupil premium enrolments and 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage are eligible for limited scholarships for: NPQLT, NPQLBC, NPQLTD, NPQLL, NPQEYL, NPQSL, NPQEL

  • For the NPQEYL, highly disadvantaged early years settings will also be eligible.

NPQ Programme

DfE Scholarship Funding 

Apprenticeship Levy 

School Funded 

NPQEL

Yes*

Yes

Yes

NPQH

Yes**

Yes

Yes

NPQSL

Yes*

Yes

Yes

NPQSENCO

Yes**

 

Yes

NPQLPM

Yes**

 

Yes

NPQLTD

Yes*  

Yes

NPQLT

Yes*  

Yes

NPQLBC

Yes*  

Yes

NPQLL

Yes*  

Yes

NPQEYL

Yes*  

Yes

DfE Scholarship Funding

*These NPQs are only available to eligible schools as per the eligibility guidance above the table.

**Any school can apply DfE scholarship funding for these selected NPQs.

Numbers for each programme are limited though. If an applicant is unsuccessful in securing scholarship funding, the below alternative funding routes will be offered, therefore applications should be given careful consideration by Headteachers in light of the fact that scholarship funding is not guaranteed. 

Apprenticeship Levy 

Some NPQ providers offer apprentice level NPQs. Completing an NPQ through the apprenticeship route has different expectations and demands. Further information on how the Leadership NPQ programmes differ on the apprenticeship route can be found at this link: https://www.bestpracticenet.co.uk/leader-apprenticeship-NPQ Maintained schools wanting to use the Apprenticeship Levy funds must make a claim to Buckinghamshire Council using the form on their schools web page https://schoolsweb.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/hr-zone/apprenticeships/. The Council will approve the claim amount and confirm the school can go ahead and contract with the NPQ training provider.

School Funded 

Schools can pay for an NPQ directly themselves. The cost of the programme is payable in instalments. The total cost for an NPQ is:

NPQEL

£4095

NPQLTD

£895

NPQH

£1975

NPQLT

£895

NPQSL

£1135

NPQLBC

£895

NPQSENCO

£1298

NPQLL

£899

NPQLPM

£885

NPQEYL

£1090

 

How to apply for an NPQ (all excluding LPM)

How To Apply For an NPQ for Autumn 2024

Registration with an NPQ Lead Provider and the DfE both need to occur to secure a place on an NPQ and confirm the route of funding offered. The DfE is not currently accepting registrations for the Autumn 2024 NPQ cohort but is expected to be open in July 2024. However, we are strongly encouraging prospective participants to complete a registration form now with the NPQ Lead Provider to register interest in pursuing an NPQ with Astra as your delivery partner. Once the DfE registration portal opens in July, applicants will be emailed the DfE registration link by the NPQ Lead Provider to complete their registration with the DfE. 

To have the best chance of a fully funded place on an NPQ programme for Autumn 24, apply before 30 June.

Best Practice Network Programme Information and Application Links

When completing the application please select the delivery partner as ‘Astra TSH’.

 

How to apply for an NPQ in Leading Primary Maths

UCL Programme Information and Application Link

When completing the application please select the delivery partner as ‘TSH Berkshire’ (who are working in partnership with Astra TSH) 

Documents

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Astra BPN Leadership NPQs Download
Astra BPN Specialist NPQs Download