Eligibility for our NPQs

This section provides information on the eligibility requirements needed to join our NPQ programmes.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to apply for an NPQ? 

To apply for an NPQ, applicants must have:

  • full support from their school/ organisation, as confirmed via a written agreement.
  • Teacher Reference Number (TRN)
  • relevant experience, as detailed under the 'Our Programmes' section of the website.
Can I apply for the NPQ if I am based in a grammar, independent or international school?

Our delivery partners can support applications from grammar, independent and international schools.

All applicants should ensure they are able to meet any in-person requirements for the programme at the point of application. We therefore recommend requesting this information directly from your delivery partner.

Can I apply for an NPQ if I am currently not based in a school?

While the design and delivery of our programme is centred on teachers and leaders working in schools and other educational settings, we are aware that individuals not currently working in schools may also wish to join the programme.

The reformed NPQs cover a new framework and set of assessment criteria, with fresh content and curriculum, and are an excellent opportunity to build your skills and understanding for future work in schools and other educational settings, or to support your work with teachers and leaders. 

Our NPQs support teachers and leaders who want to take the next step on their leadership journey and are motivated to make a difference their setting.

It is important to bear in mind that there are elements of the course that will be more relevant and accessible if you are able to implement some practice in school and prior experience of working in school or educational setting will be a consideration at application screening. 

You can see further details about the individual programmes available and the associated fees on our webpages.

Can I apply for an NPQ if I don’t have QTS?

Qualified Teacher Status is not a requirement to be eligible for an NPQ. The DfE requires all those undertaking an NPQ to have a Teacher Reference Number which is a unique reference number. This can be provided by GOV.UK for those that require a reminder or without QTS. Instructions on how to request a Teacher Reference number can be found here.

Please note, this should be done well in advance of the application deadline, to make sure you have your TRN and are able to register before applications close.

Is there a maximum number of teachers my school can enter for an NPQ in one cycle?

In our experience programme members and schools find it more challenging when there are large numbers of middle and senior leaders completing an NPQ at the same time in the same school, for example due to timetabling challenges to attend in-person events. This is important for you and the leadership team to consider before submitting your application.

How much experience do I need to apply for an NPQ?

The experience needed to apply for an NPQ differs depending on the type of NPQ.

You can see further information on this in each relevant NPQ page.

Find the NPQs we offer.

Interested in an NPQ?

Applications are now open for our autumn 2024 intake.

Register now

Once you have registered with the DfE, your allocated delivery partner will be in touch with the next steps to complete your application.

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