National Professional Qualifications

National Professional Qualifications

NPQ Programmes 

The Saffron Teaching School Hub is delighted to be working with two NPQ Lead Providers: Teach First and the Church of England (CofE) in partnership with the Catholic Education Service (CES). 

All NPQ programmes are fully funded for any teacher/leader* in any state school or state funded organisation. Two NPQ programme cohorts (October and February) are delivered each year and full funding is available for both cohorts.

*the NPQLBC and NPQEYL programmes are also open to non-teaching staff

How do I apply for my NPQ programme?

Click on the relevant image below for an overview of our NPQ programmes and details of how to apply for our October 2023 cohort.

Our NPQs are fully funded for 2023 

Places are limited  - secure your place on our NPQ programme now

Fully funded NPQs

As part of the government’s long-term education recovery plan, £184 million of new funding for NPQs was announced on 12th October 2021. This means that NPQs will continue to be fully funded until 2023.

DfE payment of £200 for each NPQ applicant to schools with 1-600 pupils  

Are you in a state-funded school or 16-19 setting with between 1 and 600 pupils? If so, your school will be paid £200 for each teacher or leader who participates in an NPQ. For more information, click here.

This funding is aimed at helping teachers and leaders in smaller settings who may find it harder to engage with professional development. 

Actual cost to schools

Although the programme fees are being fully funded, there will be a cost to the school for time that staff need to complete their programme. This will depend on the provider and the type of programme.

NPQ Facilitator Recruitment

Saffron Teaching School Hub is recruiting for NPQ facilitators for our NPQ programmes starting in October 2023.

If you are interested in applying, please read the NPQ Programme Facilitator document and NPQ Facilitator Role Description (both downloadable below) and complete our online application form

If you have any questions about applying to be an NPQ facilitator or coach, please contact Lorraine Chedzoy, Saffron NPQ Administrator, at