Teach First NPQ Programme


NPQ Partnership with Teach First


Welcome to our Teach First NPQ information page. Here you can find out information about the Teach First suite of NPQ programmes, from specialist NPQs to leadership NPQs. We offer the following:


Apply for Teach First NPQs

Step 1: To confirm your eligibility to complete an NPQ, you should first complete the Department for Education online registration process. You will need to have your Teacher Reference Number* (TRN) and School Unique Reference Number (URN) to hand.

* I don't have a TRN / I have forgotten my TRN - CLICK HERE

 

Step 2: Complete our NPQ application form - click on the buttons below to access the relevant form. Please note there is a separate application form for the NPQ in Early Years Leadership; to apply for all other NPQs, please use the first of the application forms below.


Find out more

Saffron Teaching School Hub is committed to working with schools in our area to build effective CPD pathways into their professional development programmes, continuing the 'golden thread' of teacher development from the early career years.

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Expand the headings below, and download the brochure at the bottom of this page, to find out more about our Teach First NPQ programme.


What are NPQs?

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are the most widely recognised qualifications in the education sector for current and aspiring leaders.

Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE), NPQs provide training and support for teachers and school leaders at all levels. From those who want to develop expertise in high-quality teaching practice, such as behaviour management, to those leading multiple schools across trusts.

We’re delighted to be one of a select group of national providers to design, deliver and assess the reformed NPQs in collaboration with several delivery partners (Teaching School Hubs and multi-academy trusts working with us to deliver the NPQs).

A closer look at each NPQ programme

NPQ in Leading Teaching (NPQLT)

Teachers and school leaders who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject or year. For example, head of subject, key stage head or head of department.

NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQBC)

Teachers and school leaders who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school. For example, head of year or roles with other pastoral responsibilities.

NPQ in Leading Teacher Development

(NPQLTD)

Teachers and school leaders who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school, for example CPD lead or ITT lead.

NPQ in Leading Literacy (NPQLL)

Teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading literacy across a school, year group, key stage or phase.

NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

School leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.

NPQ in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)

Leaders qualified to at least level 3 with a full and relevant qualification who are, or are aspiring to be: · managers of private, voluntary and independent nurseries · headteachers of school-based or maintained nurseries · childminders with leadership responsibilities.

NPQ in Headship (NPQH)

School leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.

Early Headship Coaching Offer

(formerly the NPQH Additional

Support Offer)

Headteachers new to the role of headship who: · work in a state-funded school · are in the first five years of headship · have previously done an NPQH / are applying for an NPQH / are currently doing an NPQH – with us or another provider.

NPQ in Executive Leadership

(NPQEL)

School leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, an executive headteacher or have a school trust CEO role with responsibility for leading several schools.

How will the NPQs be assessed?

The assessment process for all NPQs has been refreshed to reduce the workload burden on teachers while still providing an opportunity to apply their knowledge. To pass the programme, you’ll need to engage with at least 90% of the module and pass one assessment.

Assessment takes place within three months of you completing your NPQ programme. Detailed dates will be shared with you before the start of the programme.

Throughout the programme, you will participate in formative assessment tasks, so you can track your progress and understanding. This will also support you to demonstrate 90% engagement with the course.

At the start of your training, we’ll also provide you with the dates of the Summative Assessment so you can plan for this with your school. This will take the form of a case study which is a minimum of 2,000 words in length and will cover content referred to in the relevant NPQ Content Framework. It will represent a likely situation to be faced by a teacher at the relevant NPQ qualification level or role and will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the relevant NPQ Content Framework and offer you an opportunity to demonstrate that you can successfully apply this.

You will have an eight-day window to provide a written response of a maximum of 1500 words for the case study (unless adjustments are required on an individual basis) in an ‘open book’ setting. You will receive the unseen case study question at the start of the eight-day window; and submit your response by midnight of the eighth day.

Is my school eligible to apply for a Saffron TS Hub Teach First NPQ?

If your school is affiliated to our multi-academy trust/Teaching School Hub, any member of your staff is eligible to apply to do a Teach First NPQ through us.

Schools that are not affiliated to any of the Delivery Partners working with Teach First can apply directly with Teach First to do an NPQ.

What is the cost of each NPQ if I am not eligible for the bursary ?

The DfE have announced that all teachers and leaders employed in state-funded schools and organisations in England that offer 16-19 places will be able to access a fully funded NPQ from Autumn 2021 to support teachers and pupils following the disruption to learning faced as a result of COVID-19.

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.

For applicants who do not work in a state-funded school or Ofsted-registered early years provision, programme costs are as follows:

NPQ in Leading Teaching (NPQLT)

£840

NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)

£840

NPQ in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)

£840

NPQ in Leading Literacy (NPQLL)

£840

NPQ in Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

£1,045

NPQ in Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)

£1,045

NPQ in Headship (NPQH)

£1,690

NPQ in Executive Leadership (NPQEL)

£3,245

Teach First one-to-one support

Free, offered by Teach First on a priority school basis.

The Early Headship Coaching Offer (formerly the NPQH Additional Support Offer) is fully funded if you:

  • Are in your first five years of headship
  • Are employed in a state-funded school, or are employed in a state-funded organisation that offers 16-19 places in England upon starting the training
  • Have either completed a national professional qualification for headship (NPQH) before taking up your first headship post or are currently taking the NPQH
  • Ofsted Registered childminders and private nurseries

NPQ Facilitator Recruitment

Saffron Teaching School Hub is recruiting for NPQ facilitators and coaches for our Teach First NPQ programmes starting in October 2022.

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

If you have any questions about applying to be an NPQ facilitator please email Lorraine Chedzoy, Saffron NPQ Administrator, on lchedzoy@swchs.net.