National Professional Qualifications

New Reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

South Central Teaching School Hub are proud to offering the full range of new reformed NPQ courses.

In October 2021 the DfE announced great news regarding the funding for NPQs.

Teachers and leaders employed in all state funded schools, academies and colleges in England will be able to access a fully funded NPQ from Autumn 2021. On Tuesday 12th October 2021, the Department for Education has announced this expanded funding eligibility criteria for the new and reformed suite of National Professional Qualifications to support teachers and pupils following the disruption to learning faced as a result of COVID-19.

  • All NPQ courses are now fully funded by the DfE for any teacher or leader in any state funded school, academy or college.
  • Fully funded places on each NPQ course for this year are NOT limited to one place per school.

The new specialist and reformed 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.

Choosing a Lead Provider

South Central TSH offer schools from Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole a choice of NPQs from either the University College London Institute of Education (UCL IOE) or the Church of England (CofE). Click on the provider below to find out more.

The NPQs available through South Central TSH and our Lead Providers are:

  • NPQ Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL) NEW for 2022
  • NPQ Executive Leadership (NPQEL)
  • NPQ Headship (NPQH)
  • NPQ Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)
  • NPQ Leading Literacy (NPQLL) NEW for 2022
  • NPQ Leading Teaching (NPQLT)
  • NPQ Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)
  • NPQ Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

To find out more click on the NPQ you are interested in below

Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL) is for leaders qualified to at least Level 3 with a full and relevant qualification who are, or are aspiring to be, managers of Private, Voluntary and Independent nurseries, Headteachers of school-based or maintained nurseries, or childminders with leadership responsibilities.

Executive Leadership (NPQEL) is available for those who are, or are aspiring to be, and executive headteacher or have a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools.

Headship (NPQH) is available for those who are, or are aspiring to be, a Headteacher or Head of School with responsibility for leading a school. Additional support offer for the NPQ in Headship In addition to 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.

Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC) is available for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.

Leading Literacy (NPQLL) is for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase.

Leading Teaching (NPQLT) is available for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD) is available for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school. This may be responsibility for the development of all teachers across a school or specifically trainees or ECTs.

Senior Leadership (NPQSL) is available for teachers who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.

How to Apply for a NPQ

If you, or your member of staff would like to sign up for a NPQ, the process is:

  • Register for the course using the DfE’s NPQ Registration Service. As a part of this process they will be asked which Lead Provider they are selecting for their NPQ e.g. University College London Institute of Education or Church of England.
  • Once you have registered, you will contacted directly by your chosen provider to complete the application process
  • Your provider will confirm your place on your chosen NPQ course
NPQ Framework

As for the 2021 suite of NPQs, each of these NPQs is underpinned by a new content framework, setting out what participants should know and be able to do after completing an NPQ. You can access the content frameworks for the 2022 NPQs at National professional qualification frameworks: from autumn 2021.

What if staff at my school have already booked places on NPQs for this year?

For staff who have already registered for a NPQ on the DfE system, and are currently self-funding, there will be an automatic check against the new funding criteria. Where participants become eligible under the new criteria, funding status will be updated automatically and an email will be sent to inform participants they are now eligible for DfE NPQ scholarship funding. The relevant provider will be informed of this change, and those participants do not need to take any further action. These communications will be sent throughout the day on Tuesday 12th October 2021.

If you have any questions, then please contact us.