Coronavirus (COVID-19) information: NPQ programme members

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Last updated 9 March 2021


Following the government road map to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions we’ve updated our plans for school support from Teach First staff. For programme which require face to face support in schools we will commence this from 8 March. For the NPQ programmes will we continue our support online though for other programmes we will be commencing school visits. Any further updates will be added to these web pages. 

Read the updated guidance

Current programme members

If you’re already enrolled, rest assured that your programme will continue. It’s now designed to be delivered online. Currently our one-to-one calls and events take place online, to make sure we can support you directly during this challenging time.

Current programme members will receive further information about how and when to access learning resources. All scheduled one-to-one and peer learning group calls will take place as planned where possible. Your Development Lead will contact you to arrange this.

You’ll be able to take part in learning from a location that works for you. Please get in touch with your Development Lead if you have any queries, concerns, or need us to make any further reasonable adjustments to support your engagement with the virtual content.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know it’s an uncertain time. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions to provide more guidance. As circumstances change, we'll keep these updated with the latest information as soon as we’re able to provide it.

Are the start and end dates changing for NPQ programmes?

Cohort 2 (started in 2019): 

This has received a DfE extension; there are two Submission Windows:

  • 11 January 2021 – 3 March 2021
  • 7 June 2021 – 19 July 2021

Programme members should contact their Development Lead and confirm when they are going to submit.

Cohort 3 (started Jul 2020): 

The Submission Windows are:

  • 19 July 2021 – 20 September 2021

Or extensions if required 

  • 4 October 2021 – 15 November 2021
  • 10 January 2022 – 7 March 2022

Cohort 4 (started February 2021):

The Submission Window is:

  • 10 Jan 2022 – 7 Mar 2022

Or extensions if required:

  • 4 April 2022 – 3 May 2022 
What about NPQ in-person events?

In-person programme events have been moved online, this will continue for the remainder of the academic year. Details and sequencing for virtual Live Learning weeks is available to programme members on My Teach First.

Will support for NPQ programme members continue?

Yes. Bespoke support from Development Leads is continuing online. This includes one-to-one calls and group seminars.

Will NPQH Programme Members still be required to complete a placement in another school?

Given the current guidelines, the DfE has relaxed the requirement for NPQH programme members to complete a nine-day placement in another school. It is currently acceptable for this to be completed either in part or entirely online. Further guidance is available to programme members on My Teach First.

What about working with other schools? Can you help me with what other schools are doing to react to COVID-19?

Given current restrictions, we're sorry that cluster Twilights and school visits aren't possible right now. However, we've compiled this page on My Teach First as a bank of resources from other schools on responding to COVID-19. We hope it's useful and we're here to keep supporting you to access other schools' expertise through our Achievement Partners.

What happens if my Development Lead falls ill / is unable to work?

If your Development Lead is absent for any reason, we will be in touch to let you know and to identify what support you need in their absence. All our Development Leads are trained to the same high level of skill and competence for the role. Our priority is the continuity of your programme so we will work closely with you to identify the most important areas for immediate focus.  

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