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National Professional Qualifications

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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Teaching School Hub Offer

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Teaching School Hub are delighted to be working with Teach First to design, deliver and recruit nine reformed NPQs. Below are links to each NPQ and how to apply for them.

What are NPQs?

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are the most widely recognised qualifications in the education sector for current and aspiring leaders. 

Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE), NPQs provide training and support for teachers and leaders at all levels. They will support you to develop the skills and knowledge to progress in your career and to support your school/setting.

Specialist NPQs 

There are four specialist NPQs for teachers and school leaders who want to broaden their expertise in particular areas. The following programmes are for those who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject or year, leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school or leading the development of other teachers in their school.

 

Leadership NPQs 

For those looking to progress into senior leadership and beyond, the following NPQs build foundational knowledge to rapidly progress a setting, school or trust’s key improvement priorities – all while creating and embedding a culture that allows the setting, staff and pupils to thrive:

Benefits for you, your setting/school or Trust

  • Great development opportunities and ongoing support helps teachers/early years practitioners thrive.
  • They keep talented teachers and leaders in your setting/school or Trust for the long term, equipping them with the expertise to make a difference to their children.
  • NPQs support motivated teachers/early years practitioners who want to take the next step on their leadership journey.
  • Teachers/early years practitioners will develop core knowledge and skills to prepare them for the long-term, as well as gaining the tools, examples and practice to start having an immediate positive impact in their setting/school. 
  • Strategic improvement; focused on your context and children.
  • Part of a wider network of leaders and setting/schools.

 

Read first hand testimonials from local NPQ participants and facilitators here

Eligibility

From autumn 2022, the organisations eligible to access scholarships are:

  • state-funded schools

  • state-funded 16 to 19 organisations

  • independent special schools

  • virtual schools (local authority run organisations that support the education of children in care)

  • hospital schools not already included in other categories of eligible organisations

  • young offender institutions

Local authority employed supply teachers will also be able to access scholarships.

Training scholarships for the NPQ for Early Years Leadership are available to those leaders qualified ideally 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

  • childminders with leadership responsibilities

And are employed:

  • in a maintained nursery school in England

  • in a pre-school class that’s part of a school in England

  • in a nursery that is registered on the Ofsted Early Years Register

  • as a childminder and registered on the Ofsted Early Years Register, or with a registered Childminder Agency

You do not need to have QTS to apply for a NPQ. You will need a TRN, CLICK HERE to find out how to apply.

Programme overview

NPQ Programme Overview

NPQ programmes are based on the DfE’s NPQ frameworks, combining expert training with tailored support to strengthen leadership and culture in your school, Trust or setting.

Each programme includes:

  • Evidence-based online content to refresh and build knowledge
  • Formative assessment tasks to support learning
  • Face-to-face seminars with a group of peers, facilitated by an expert leader or provider Lead
  • The opportunity to record reflections and consolidate learning
  • School/trust/setting visits* and conferences.

Programme Lengths:

PROGRAMME

Learning period

(months)

Assessment period of up to

(months)

Maximum total duration (months)

Specialist NPQs

12

3

15

NPQSL 

18

3

21

NPQEYL

18

3

21

NPQH

18

3

21

Early Headship Coaching Offer

12

N/A

12

NPQEL

18

3

21

Assessment

The assessment process for all NPQs has been refreshed to reduce the workload burden on teachers, while still providing an opportunity to apply their knowledge. To pass the programme, participants will need to engage with at least 90% of the course and pass one summative assessment in the form of a written case study. 

This assessment will take place during a fixed 8-day window. Your assessment submission is a written response of a maximum of 1500 words to a case study related to the content covered in your NPQ, and is an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the NPQ Framework. It is an ‘open book’ approach, so you can refer back to your course materials when completing your response. The case study will represent a likely situation that a leader might encounter at the relevant NPQ qualification level. The summative assessment is designed to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the relevant NPQ framework and how this can be applied to school improvement.

Detailed dates will be shared with you before the start of the programme.

Cost and funding - NEW grant of £800!

All NPQs remain fully funded for 2023/24 but this is the last confirmed year.

As part of the government’s long-term education recovery plan, £184 million of new funding for NPQs was announced on the 12th October 2021 and reconfirmed in May 2022.

Targeted support funding for small schools

NEW* State-funded primary schools with 1 - 150 pupils will receive a grant of £800 for every teacher or leader who embarks on a NPQ in the upcoming academic year 2023/24.

State-funded schools and state-funded 16 to 19 educational settings with 1 to 600 pupils will be paid £200 for each teacher or leader they employ who takes an NPQ (not including the Early Headship Coaching Offer). 

Eligibility will be assessed at the point of registration and applies to all NPQ courses but does not apply to the Early Headship Coaching Offer.

There is no need to apply for this funding. It will be paid as part of normal payments from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Payments will be made during the summer term in 2024.

Schools can check how many pupils they have recorded on the Get Information about Schools (GIAS) database, as well as which phase(s) of education they are recorded as delivering (“primary” and “middle-deemed primary” are eligible).

Eligibility for state-funded 16 to 19 organisations is based on pupil data from the Individualised Learner Record (ILR).

Actual Cost to Schools/Settings

Although the programme fees are being fully funded by the DfE, there will be a cost to the school for time that staff need to complete their programme. 

NB: 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

Programme costs for information only

PROGRAMME

COST

Specialist NPQs

£901

NPQSL

£1,148

NPQEYL

£1,148

NPQH

£1,985

NPQEL

£4,099

Join the NPQ facilitator team

We are looking for excellent and successful leaders with a good understanding of the latest evidence-based research into one or more of the following: effective pedagogical practices, effective behaviour management and leadership, effective teacher development or effective school leadership.

Please read the NPQ Facilitator Role Description at the bottom of this page and apply here to join the team.