Kent Teaching School Hub, in partnership with Ambition Institute and the Church of England, are pleased to offer the full new national professional qualifications (NPQ) suite for the academic year 2021-2022. Applications for NPQs are now open for those wishing to start their NPQ in November 2021.
For full details of the funding available for all NPQs please click here or download our information pack here.
As announced on the 12th October 2021, all NPQs for this academic year will be free. This means that they will be free of charge to all those who have a Teacher
Reference number (TRN) and who are currently employed in state-maintained schools (including 16-19 & state maintained nursery provision).
There is no cap on how many can complete a NPQ per institution. So, for example, a school could have its entire ‘middle leadership’ team of phase leads/year managers/subject leads completing an NPQ. Those working in a MAT central team can also apply; as long as they have a TRN.
To register your interest contact us and we will send you all you need to apply: [email protected] To start in November you will need to apply by 17th October for all the NPQs we are providing in partnership with the Ambition Institute and by 18th October for the NPQH we are providing in partnership with the Church of England.
The new NPQs build on the Early Career Framework and offer an opportunity for leadership development at all levels. They support the golden thread of teacher learning that runs through from initial training and early career development all the way through to headteacher and executive leadership. The new NPQ frameworks have been developed by looking at a wide evidence base, are accredited by the DfE and approved by the Education Endowment Foundation. They utilise the best evidence on the most effective approaches to teaching and school leadership.
There are now two types of NPQ:
- Specialist NPQs are aimed at teacher who have, or aspire to have, responsibilities for leading teaching (NPQLT), leading behaviour & culture (NPQLBC) or leading teacher development (NPQLTD). These specialist NPQs replace what was previously known as the NPQML and take twelve months to complete. At the end of the programme there is a three month assessment window to complete an ‘open book’ style assessment.
- Leadership NPQs are aimed at those who aspire to be or who are senior leaders (NPQSL), headteachers or heads of school (NPQH) and executive headteachers (NPQEL). These qualifications have been completely reformed. They pay much less attention to generic management and leadership styles and are focused on participants understanding the professional knowledge required to lead schools effectively. They take eighteen months to complete with a three month assessment window at the end of the course.
Funding for NPQs:
The Department for Education are providing £184million funding to help schools access these new qualifications. Every state funded school should be able to send at least one teacher, for free, for the NPQ leading teacher development (NPQLTD). Any headteacher can access the NPQH for free if they began their headship anytime from September 2019 onwards. For full details of the funding available for all NPQs please click here or download our information pack here.