National Professional Qualifications

National Professional Qualifications


NPQ Programmes 

Saffron Teaching School Hub is delighted to be working with Teach First as our NPQ Lead Provider. A full list of our NPQ programmes is available here.


NPQ programmes - apply now

Applications are now open for our full suite of NPQ programmes starting in Autumn 2024.

How to apply

To apply for fully funded or non-funded NPQs, complete the online application form below:

  • Following your application to Saffron Teaching School Hub, you will also need to apply directly with the DfE.
  • The DfE portal will open in July 2024 - we will contact you once you can register. 

Please note: places on all courses are limited. Saffron Teaching School Hub will confirm the success of your application once it has been received and approved by the DfE.


NPQ Costs

Funding for NPQ programmes will change from September 2024.

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

  • NPQ Leading Primary Mathematics *
  • NPQ SENCO *
  • NPQ Headship *

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 organisation. You should also be doing or have done the Headship NPQ. 

Non-Funded NPQs

For non-funded NPQs or school settings, the overall costs for each programme are detailed below:

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)  £1,090 
NPQ in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)  £1,090 
NPQ in Headship (NPQH) * £1,885 
NPQ in Early Headship Coaching Offer * £800 
NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)  £3,890 
NPQ for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (NPQ SENCO) * £1,265 

Funding for Target Scholarships

The DfE has agreed funding for schools serving the most disadvantaged pupils within our region. This means that all NPQs are fully funded for those settings.

These settings are:

  • In the top 50% of schools with the highest proportion of pupils who attract pupil premium funding;
  • A 16 to 19 setting identified as having high disadvantage; or
  • A highly disadvantaged early years setting

Eligibility: Saffron Teaching School Hub has alerted all eligible schools within our Hub area. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us.

Further details about NPQ funding can be found here: 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/funding-for-national-professional-qualifications-npqs