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Five Counties Teaching School Hubs Alliance is working with two lead providers for the delivery of the newly reformed NPQs, Ambition Institute and the Education Development Trust.

New this year are the NPQ for leadership in the Early Years, the NPQEYL and the NPQ for those leading literacy – the NPQLL

The DfE have also announced scholarship funding meaning NPQs arefree this year to most participants - see below for more details

Find out more about our two lead providers and the NPQ programmes they offer, as well as the national frameworks for each of the 8 NPQs on offer below, as well as how the Five Counties team of facilitators deliver these locally to schools and settings across the region.

National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

Apply now! Programme applications are now open for an Autumn 2022 start

How to Apply

Funding and programme costs

Department for Education scholarship funding is available to all state schools and state funded organisations that offer 16-19 places in England, meaning NPQs are now free for the majority of schools and settings: they are also free for many people from Nursery and PVIs who wish to undertake the NPQEYL. There is also a bursary payment of £200 for some participants from smaller schools!

As part of the government’s long-term education recovery plan, NPQ training scholarships will be available in academic years 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024.

Eligibility for funding

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)

NPQ Scholarship funding has been extended for Autumn 2022 cohorts. Organisations / individuals now also eligible to access scholarships include:

  • all state schools and state funded organisations that offer 16-19 places in England.
  • 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.

Teachers and leaders who are employed as above are eligible for training scholarships for the following NPQs:

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

*NPQ for Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL) Eligibility:

Training scholarships for the NPQ for Early Years Leadership are available to those 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
  • 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

Targeted Support fund for smaller schools – free study bursary of £200

From autumn 2022, 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. This will be applied for automatically during the application process based on details you provide to the DfE, and you will be notified of the funding once your application has been accepted.

Additional eligibility criteria

  • Participants will only be eligible for funding for each NPQ once.
  • Participants who receive scholarship funding for a reformed NPQ available from November 2021 and who then subsequently withdraw from, or fail, their programme will not be eligible for scholarship funding for the same NPQ in the future. If a participant is unable to continue with their NPQ, we will talk to you about deferral and restarting at a later date if appropriate.
  • Participants who received scholarship funding for a legacy NPQ (prior to November 2021) and who withdraw from their programme will be eligible for scholarship funding for the new reformed NPQs.
  • 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.

If you are not eligible for scholarship funding, you can still undertake an NPQ and should contact us at

Registering for NPQ Courses

If you are interested in enrolling for one of our NPQ courses, please follow the 3 steps below to register for a place.

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Decide which NPQ and Lead Provider

  • Watch webinar and look at further information to decide which NPQ is best for you
  • Choose which lead provider you wish to use: Ambition Institute or Education Development Trust
  • Agree with your head of school / setting or line manager that they are supportive of you undertaking your chosen NPQ
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Apply Using DFE Portal

Apply using the DFE NPQ Portal (you will need your Teacher Reference Number, your TRN.  The application should be completed by you, not your school or setting). If you do not have a TRN, please follow instructions at the bottom of the page here.

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Notify Five Counties TSHA

  • Complete the Five Counties Registration Form, selecting which of the two lead providers and the NPQ you have signed up to.
  • Once you have completed these steps, we will notify the lead provider – Ambition or EDT, who will send you an application form to complete and send electronically to them. There will also be some checks and other agreements to complete before commencing the programme.  Once these have been processed, Five Counties will let you know more about the programme dates and organisation.

PLEASE NOTE: When registering for a Five Counties TSH Alliance course you may be required to select Venturers Trust or Mangotsfield Primary School from the list of Teaching School Hubs.

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