This section provides information on costs and funding options for our NPQ programmes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the costs of the NPQs if I don’t qualify for scholarship funding? Are there any discounts available?

If your school isn’t eligible for DfE scholarship funding, either you or your school will need to fund your NPQ programme. You’ll find the cost of each NPQ below. There are no discounts available at this time.

Programme costs

NPQ in Leading Teaching (NPQLT)  £840  
NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)   £840  
NPQ in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)    £840  
NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)    £1,045  
NPQ in Headship (NPQH)    £1,690  
NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)    £3,245  
Is there DfE scholarship funding available?

Yes, the DfE has announced that full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant, is available to those who meet the following criteria:

Programme Criteria



Work in a state funded school in England.
NPQLT, NPQLBC, NPQSL, NPQH*, NPQEL Work in a state funded school in England that is within the top 30th percentile** in relation to pupils on Pupil Premium as of the end of the previous academic year.


* Full scholarship funding is also available to headteachers who work in a state funded school in England and are in the first two academic years of headship.  

** GOV.UK has published the list of schools that are within the top 30th percentile to help applicants to check their eligibility.

For full details about the funding available, please visit the ‘Funding’ section of GOV.UK.

How does the pupil premium scholarship criterion work for teachers and leaders working in trust roles across multiple schools?

To be eligible for a scholarship-funded NPQ in Executive Leadership, teachers must either work in a state-funded school in England that is within the top 30th percentile in relation to pupils on pupil premium, or work in a trust that includes at least one school which meets this pupil premium requirement.

With regards to eligibility for scholarship funding for all other NPQs, teachers who work across multiple schools or church diocese should discuss with their leadership team and provider whether they meet the eligibility for the PP30 scholarships. For example, if a teacher works in a setting where their focus is on a school that does meet the high pupil premium criteria, it would be appropriate for them to apply for a scholarship. 

How do I apply for DfE funding?

To confirm your funding you will need to register through GOV.UK. When you apply with Teach First or a Delivery Partner, you will be prompted to do this if you haven’t done so already.

When you apply for an NPQ, we/your Delivery Partner will also make an automatic check to see if your school or programme is eligible for funding. Simply apply for the NPQ of your choice, either directly with Teach First via our NPQ webpages or, if your school is affiliated to one of our Delivery Partners (teaching school hubs and multi-academy trusts working with us to deliver the NPQs), directly with the relevant Delivery Partner.

Access to funding remains conditional on successful verification of your registration information against Teaching Regulation Agency records and DfE confirmation of school eligibility, so you must ensure that the information supplied to Teach First or your Delivery Partner matches your teacher record.  

What are the eligibility criteria for receiving DfE funding?

Please refer to the section above called ‘Is DfE scholarship funding available?’ for funding eligibility.  

How can I find out if my school is in the top 30th percentile for pupil premium?

A list of eligible schools is available on GOV.UK. Please scroll to the section on eligibility criteria to see the list of schools in the top 30th percentile for pupil premium.

Are there any discounts for Teach First ambassadors?

There is no additional discount available for Teach First ambassadors. See the DfE scholarship funding eligibility section for information on funding support available.  

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