NPQ scholarship funding to continue for the autumn 2018 intake

We were very pleased with the number of applications we received for the spring courses across the four National Professional Qualifications in school leadership. This was partly due to the scholarships for participants in Opportunity Areas and the Department for Education has confirmed that they expect to fund all eligible scholarships for autumn 2018 starters out of the £10m fund that was allocated at the end of 2017.

That means we expect a high uptake for school leaders wishing to undertake the NPQML, NPQSL, NPQH and NPQEL starting this autumn and currently open for registration.

In the event scholarships are over-subscribed the DfE reserves the right to prioritise funding using the following criteria (in order of priority):

  1. Participants working in Opportunity Areas
  2. Participants working in schools where more than 30% of pupils receive Free School Meals
  3. Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) teachers and leaders
  4. Participants working in a school in an Opportunity Area, where the school is below the Key Stage 2 or Key Stage 4 floor standards
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