Funding for our NPQs

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

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

Frequently asked questions

Is there DfE scholarship funding available?

You may be able to get your NPQ course fees paid for by the Department for Education (DfE). This is called scholarship funding.  

You do not need to apply for it. When you register for an NPQ, the DfE will tell you if you are eligible for funding.  

Scholarship funding for autumn 2024 will target those teachers and leaders who work in the most challenging schools or educational settings, serving more disadvantaged communities.

Here are the changes in full:  

  • The DfE have capped the number of funded places, meaning there is a limited number available for this cohort. 
  • All state schools will be eligible for fully-funded places on the NPQ in Headship, NPQ for SENCOs, NPQ in Leading Primary Maths and Early Headship Coaching Offer only. 
  • For all other NPQs, schools with the highest 50% of pupil premium pupils will be eligible for fully funded places, as well as early years and 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage.

Funding for the April 2025 cohorts and beyond has not been confirmed.

For more information on funding, please visit the DfE website.

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)£899
NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)£899
NPQ in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)£899
NPQ in Leading Literacy (NPQLL)£899
NPQ in Leading Primary Mathematics (NPQLPM)£899
NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)£1,091
NPQ in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)£1,091
NPQ in Headship (NPQH)£1,886 
NPQ in Early Headship Coaching Offer£800
NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)£3,894
NPQ for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (NPQ for SENCOs)£1,265

Are payment plans available if I am self funding?

If the NPQ programme you are wanting to complete is self-funded, you or your school are required to pay the full cost upfront at the start of the programme.

How do I apply for DfE funding?

Your funding status is confirmed when you complete your DfE registration through GOV.UK. When you apply for an NPQ, the DfE make an automatic check to see if your school or programme is eligible for funding.

Simply register for the NPQ of your choice and then complete your application with your 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 any further information supplied to your delivery partner matches your teacher record.

Can I apply for funding if I want to do more than one NPQ?

You can do more than one NPQ, but will only be eligible for funding for each NPQ once.

If you withdraw or fail your course, you cannot get funded again for the same NPQ.

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.

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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