Specialist NPQs

Specialist NPQs

For Experienced Teachers & Middle Leaders

The Reformed National Professional Qualifications Introduction

DfE Announcement – May 2022

Teachers and leaders employed in state funded schools and state funded organisations that offer 16-19 places in England will be able to access a FULLY FUNDED NPQ until 2023-2024. 

Every teacher a state-funded school employs who takes an NPQ in the 2023/24 academic year will receive a grant payment of:

  • £200 for state-funded primary schools regardless of size
  • £800 for state-funded primary schools with one to 150 pupils
  • £200 for state-funded secondary schools and state-funded 16-19 educational settings with one to 600 pupils


NPQ Funding Eligibility leaflet

Applications for the Spring 2024 cohort – deadline extended to 28th January 2024!

Click here to complete your DfE registration

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are a national, voluntary suite of qualifications designed to support the professional development of teachers and leaders.

The reformed NPQs offer the best possible support to teachers and leaders wanting to expand their knowledge and skills.

The frameworks continue the robust method of design and development, building on the evidence base and expert guidance already established in the ECF and the ITT Core Content Framework.

NPQs complete a golden thread, running from initial teacher training through to school leadership.

BPN Leaders Apprenticeships Levy and NPQs explained

NPQs – The Specialist Route

About our lead providers

Best Practice Network

Teach First (NPQLPM only)

How to apply

Please click on the link below to apply and ensure you select The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub as your delivery partner and Best Practice Network as your lead provider or Teach First if you are applying for the NPQLPM.

NPQLPM (Leading Primary Mathematics) Teach First

NPQLBC (Leading Behaviour and Culture) Best Practice Network

NPQLL (Leading Literacy) Best Practice Network

NPQLT (Leading Teaching) Best Practice Network

NPQLTD (Leading Teacher Development) Best Practice Network

NPQ Explainer Video

Click here to watch an introduction to NPQs with The Golden Thread TSH and Best Practice Network