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Funding for NPQs


The Department for Education has announced the funding arrangements for NPQs from Autumn 2024. The scholarship funding to cover the full NPQ course cost will be available to teachers and leaders from:

  • the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding 
  • 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage 
  • for the early years leadership NPQ, highly disadvantaged early years settings will also be eligible

Scholarships will continue to be available to all teachers and leaders from publicly funded schools and 16 to 19 educational organisations for the following NPQs: 

  • leading primary mathematics
  • special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO)
  • headship  

Funding for these 3 NPQs is also available to:

  • hospital schools
  • young offender institutions
  • staff working in local authority virtual schools (local-authority-run organisations that support the education of children in care)
  • other local authority staff with a responsibility to deliver curriculum content (for example, local authority supply or peripatetic teachers)

For the leading teacher development NPQ, scholarship funding is available for people who are, or will be, taking on the role of lead mentor for an initial teacher training provider accredited to deliver initial teacher training from September 2024.

For the early headship coaching offer, funding to cover the course fees will be available if you are in your first 5 years of headship in England in a state-funded school or state-funded 16 to 19 setting. You should also be in the process of completing or have completed the headship NPQ.

For further information about the suite of NPQs available and lists of providers, see