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Frequently Asked Questions

When will I hear if I have been accepted onto an NPQ programme?

Applications are assessed as they are received. We aim to provide you with a response within 10 working days. 

Can a member of staff without QTS sign up for an NPQ and get DfE funding?

Yes, the DfE has confirmed that QTS is not a requirement for NPQs. There will be some online academic reading. Every application is reviewed on a case by case basis, regardless of QTS. Applicants without QTS can apply for a TRN (Teacher Reference Number) by following the steps outlined here.

Can I take an NPQ if I am not a UK trained teacher?

Yes, and if you are employed by a school in England you may also be eligible for full funding. You will need to apply for a TRN (Teacher Reference Number) by following the steps outlined here.

I have previously completed an NPQ in the old framework, can I do the same course again?

Yes. The specialist NPQs are completely distinct from the old NPQML and the NPQEYL, NPQSL and NPQH have been designed from scratch, so you will have a different experience doing the same course again.

Who is eligible for the Early Headship Coaching Offer (formerly ASO) for new Headteachers?

The support offer is available to those in their first 5 years of headship, who have either completed the new/reformed NPQ before becoming a head, are applying for the NPQH or are currently taking the existing NPQH. The EHCO will be a targeted package of support aimed at new headteachers, and based on the content of the new NPQH, which has been reformed to ensure it is underpinned by the latest and best evidence. Those teachers who are currently taking the existing NPQH, and are due to finish this qualification in 2021 or 2022 will also be eligible for the EHCO (if they are in their first 5 years of headship).

What if I move school during the course?

If you commence an NPQ and then move school, you would be able to continue your study. If you are taking the NPQH and become a headteacher in the new school you would then be eligible for the fully funded Early Headhsip Coaching Offer element.

Who is eligible for full scholarship funding?

Please see here for the full funding announcement. 

What if my school is not eligible for funding?

You will need to speak to the relevant senior lead at your school to find out if your school/trust will support you with the cost of your NPQ. You also have the option of self funding or coming to a part-payment arrangement with your school or trust.