The Department for Education has allocated a £10 million fund for scholarships for eligible candidates undertaking National Professional Qualifications in school leadership.
The scholarships are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Once the fund is exhausted no more will be available; we urge candidates to register now for NPQs in Middle Leadership, Senior Leadership, Headship and Executive Leadership in autumn 2018.
Scholarships are for candidates in specific areas of the country identified by the DfE. In the event scholarships are over-subscribed the DfE reserves the right to prioritise funding using the following criteria (in order of priority):
Participants working in Opportunity Areas
Participants working in schools where more than 30% of pupils receive Free School Meals
Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) teachers and leaders
Participants working in a school in an Opportunity Area, where the school is below the Key Stage 2 or Key Stage 4 floor standards
Candidates from eligible areas applying via Best Practice Network can select the government-funded option and BPN will apply on their behalf for the funding. If the scholarship funds are already exhausted candidates can withdraw from the course without penalty.
The latest Government guidance for children returning to nursery and pre-school contains reassuring steps in the right direction and provides scope to think about new ways to operate, says Sian Marsh of Best Practice Network and Gill Mason of Kids Planet Day Nurseries.