NPQ Scholarship Funding Explained

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News - 1st Jul 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed a limited number of scholarship funded places to support schools to engage in the new suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

For most state-funded schools* targeted funding for certain programmes is available to support an ambition to build capability in the profession so that teachers can expertly train and develop other teachers (NPQLTD), to improve leadership in schools (NPQH) and to address retention challenges by offering additional support to new headteachers (NPQH ASO).

For state-funded eligible schools*, the criteria is as follows:

  • NPQLTD – Leading Teacher Development: all teachers who have or are aspiring to have responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school and work in an eligible state-funded school* in England.
  • NPQH: headteachers in their first two years in role who work in an eligible state-funded school* in England. Those aspiring to headship are not eligible for this funding.
  • NPQH Additional Support Offer: headteachers in their first two years in role who work in an eligible state-funded school* in England upon starting the training and have either completed an NPQH before taking up their first headship or are currently taking the NPQH. If the individual has previously withdrawn from the additional support programme they will not be eligible for funding.

For eligible schools** within the top 30th percentile in relation to pupils on Pupil Premium, scholarship funding will be provided for all NPQ programmes.

  • NPQH: This includes both aspiring and existing headteachers.

NPQ Funded Places

*This does not include academy 16 to 19 sponsor led and academy alternative provision sponsor led.

**This does not include academy 16 to 19 sponsor led, academy 16-19 converter, free schools 16-19, and local authority nursery schools.

The DfE has confirmed it will publish a list of schools that are within the top 30th percentile in relation to pupils on pupil premium as of the end of the previous academic year. We will share further information once this list is published to enable schools to check their eligibility.


The School-Led Network will be delivering the full suite of reformed NPQs from November 2021, which will be available for teachers and leaders who want to develop their knowledge and skills in school leadership and specialist areas of teaching practice.

For more information about our programmes, please click here.

We would advise participants to apply early to secure funding as the number of scholarship places is limited. The round one application deadline is midnight on Sunday 12 September. To start your application, please click here

For further information about NPQ Scholarship funding, please visit the DfE website here