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The DfE announced 26.5.2022

Scholarship funding for NPQs to continue for:

  • All teachers and leaders employed in state-funded schools (all phases) and state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England can access a fully funded NPQ, for a further two years covering academic years 2022/23 and 2023/24

There will be an expansion of the scholarship criteria from Autumn 2022, to include:

  • 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.

Applicants from these organisations who feel they should be eligible for funding should contact for more information

PVI sector for the Early Years Leadership NPQ,  

In addition, Early years practitioners and leaders working in the following settings in England will be eligible for scholarship funding from the DfE for the NPQEYL only:

  • childcare providers registered on the Ofsted Early Years Register, providing childcare on non-domestic premises.
  • childcare providers registered on the Ofsted Early Years Register, providing childcare on domestic premises.
  • childminders registered on the Ofsted Early Years Register.
  • childminders registered with an Ofsted-registered childminder agency, caring for early years children

The introduction of the Targeted Support Fund to stimulate further NPQ uptake in small primary, secondary and 16-18 institutions including additional funding for schools, Lead Providers and their Delivery Partners 

The Targeted Support Fund gives a grant payment of £200 per participant to settings with 1-600 pupils, for every teacher or leader they employ who participates in an NPQ. Organisations that are eligible for NPQ scholarships will also be eligible for targeted support funding, with the exception of non school based early years settings (group-based providers and childminders), virtual schools, hospital schools not already included in other categories of eligible organisations, and young offender institutions

The rebranding of the Additional Support Offer as the Early Headship Coaching Offer, and an expansion of the eligibility criteria to participants within their first five years of headship 

The DfE have made two changes to the Additional Support Offer with immediate effect: ·

  • re-branding the programme to Early Headship Coaching Offer (EHCO)
  • extending the eligibility from the first two years (24 months of headship) in a headship role to the first five years in a headship role. The offer is an unassessed support package and is based on the latest available evidence on what makes an effective headteacher. The offer is designed for those early on in their headship role and will include structured support elements such as group coaching and networking opportunities.

You can read more on the DfE site 

National Professional Qualifications

As part of the DfE's Recruitment & Retention strategy the 'Golden Thread' of Teacher Education and Training the DfE has reformed the suite of National Profession Qualifications for Teachers. These programmes contribute to the development of a World class system of Education & Training.

  • The Department of Education is committed to ensuring that the reformed suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) offer the best possible support to teachers and leaders wanting to expand their knowledge and develop their skills, helping them to become more effective teachers and leaders inside and outside the classroom
  • The changes to NPQs build on the evidence and expert advice already established in the new core content framework for Initial Teacher Training, and the Early Career Framework (ECF).

Further information on the new NPQs DfE go to

You can find out more about the NPQ provision with OneCornwall here

How do I register for an NPQ ?

There are several stages to registering to undertake and NPQ.

Stage 1 — Deciding on your NPQ and NPQ provider.

  • Decide which NPQ would be most suitable for you to undertake.
  • Decide on the provider that you would like to undertake your qualification with. OneCornwall can support you with these decisions and signpost you to the NPQ providers available. (OneCornwall are working in partnership with Teach First and LSSW.

Stage 2 — Register your NPQ decision on the DfE portal

Once you have made the decision on the NPQ and the NPQ course provider, you then need to register on the DfE Portal. Step by step details of how to do this can be found in the attached PowerPoint presentation below.

Stage 3 — Applying to your chosen provider

  • Your chosen provider will be notified by the portal of your choice and will be in touch about the application process.
  • If your decision is to undertake your NPQ though OneCornwall please get in touch with us, and we can support you through the process. You can find out more about our NPQ provision here.