Applying for our NPQs

This section provides information on the application process for our NPQ programmes.

Browse below to find the information you need. We'll update this page throughout the year.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need before I can start an application?

Before applying, check whether your school is part of one of our delivery partners (a selection of teaching school hubs and multi-academy trusts working with us to deliver our NPQs). If it is, you should apply to do your NPQ with the relevant delivery partner.

If you are applying to do your NPQ directly with Teach First, you will need to check if your school is a Teach First eligible school. Eligibility information can be found in the ‘Eligibility’ tab on our NPQs overview webpage.  

Before applying, get your headteacher or CPD lead’s agreement to:

  • fund the cost of the programme if your school is not eligible for DfE funding
  • arrange cover for live training sessions (where possible these will be arranged out of school hours)
  • cover any travel expenses for any in-person training sessions (depending on government advice).

And don’t forget to read our application guidance.

How do I apply for an NPQ programme?

Applications are now open for our programmes starting in October 2022. It’s easy to apply:

  • Start your application by registering with the DfE on its NPQ service and selecting ‘Teach First’ as your provider.
  • We or one of our delivery partners will then be in touch with you within a few days to complete your application.

You’re encouraged to get your application in as soon as possible to secure your place.

As a reminder, if your school is affiliated to one of our delivery partners (teaching school hubs and multi-academy trusts working with us to deliver our NPQs) you will be able to do your Teach First NPQ directly with the relevant delivery partner.

What information do I need to hand when completing the application form?

NPQ applicants should have the following information to hand when applying: 

  • Your TRN (Teacher Reference Number)
  • Your School URN (Unique Reference Number) 

If you need a reminder of your Teacher Reference Number, please follow the process here

What should I prepare/consider before starting the application form?

Take a look at our application guidance before starting your application.

You should also review the GOV.UK NPQ scholarship funding eligibility and/or either confirm with your school that they support your application and relevant costs or that you are willing to self-fund.  

How long will I wait to hear back about the outcome of my application?

You will hear about the outcome within 15 working days of submitting your application.

On occasion, our selection team may ask for further information. If that happens, the 15 working days will reset from your new submission date.  

I have applied previously and failed the application screening – can I apply again?

As we only accept one application per academic year, we recommend you read our application guidance thoroughly before you submit your application. 

If I fail my application, can I get feedback and apply again?

Although we cannot provide written feedback on each application, we would recommend that you speak to your NPQ recruiter (your Teach First contact for your previous application) for additional support before submitting a new application for a future year. 

Using the Teach First portal

Information on how to use the Teach First portal can be found here.

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