The Department for Education has announced that all teachers who work in state funded schools would be eligible for fully funded NPQs. 

Funding for NPQs

Teachers and leaders employed in state funded schools and state funded organisations including those 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.

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.

If you are not eligible for scholarship funding, you can still undertake an NPQ but either you or your school will need to pay for it. 

Funding for New Headteacher Additional Support Offer

Alongside 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. The additional support offer is available to those who meet the following criteria:

  • have completed an NPQH  OR
  • are studying for an NPQH  OR
  • are about to start an NPQH

Full scholarship funding for the additional support offer, meaning no cost to the participant, is available for those from the groupings above who meet the following criteria:

  • work in a state-funded school or state funded organisation including those that offer 16-19 places in England upon starting the training AND
  • are in their first 24 months of headship AND
  • have not withdrawn from the additional support programme previously

The additional support offer provides structured, unassessed face-to-face support based on the best available evidence about what makes an effective headteacher. The way in which the additional support offer is delivered may vary between providers, but 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.

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