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National Professional Qualifications


Changes to National Professional Qualification funding:

What it means for you.





In 2024-2025, Unity Teaching School Hub is delighted to be an NPQ delivery partner of Ambition Institute and the National Institute of Teaching.

We are also excited to be collaborating and partnering with the team at PLN, another highly experienced Ambition Institute delivery partner, as our provision extends into Essex.




DfE have yet to open applications for October 2024 start NPQs.  

If you wish to apply for an NPQ for the academic year 2024-25 we strongly advise that you submit an expression of interest in readiness for the DfE application window opening later this term and register with the DfE as soon as possible. Follow this link to sign up to DfE update emails regarding registration.

All state schools will be eligible for fully-funded places on the:

  • NPQ in Headship (and Early Headship Coaching Offer),
  • NPQ for Early years,
  • NPQ for SENCOs,
  • NPQ in Leading Primary Maths

For all other NPQs, schools with the highest 50% of pupil premium pupils will be eligible for fully funded places, as well as early years and 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage.

Please find further information regarding DfE funding here: 
Funding for national professional qualifications (NPQs) - GOV.UK (

What are NPQs?

NPQs have been designed with teachers and leaders in mind using the latest evidence and can be completed flexibly around existing commitments.

During the programmes you will:

  • learn from the evidence-based curriculum of your chosen qualification, drawing on effective pedagogy, current research and international best practice helping you improve in your current role, or take the next step in your career
  • take part in a blend of face-to-face sessions, webinars, and self-directed study
  • answer a short, assessed case study question.

Study can last between 12 and 18 months, depending on your chosen NPQ. The course structure is determined by each lead provider and delivered by a local delivery partner - e.g. Unity Teaching School Hub.  See FAQs for time commitments for each NPQ.