*Applications are now live*

*Closing date 29 September 2021*

Applications are now live

See each programme’s page for the relevant application form.

If you would like confirmation of your eligibility status, please email npq@stsn.co.uk

Reformed NPQ Programmes commence November 2021

STSN is working with SFET and Xavier Teaching School Hubs and Teach First to provide the full suite of reformed NPQ programmes commence in November 2021. This partnership brings together the best local knowledge and context with the national experience and programmes of Teach First.

Follow this link to a DFE video explaining the new reformed NPQs

All NPQs are taught through a blended balance of online individual learning, online seminars and face-to-face meetings and a simplified end-of-course assessment. There are two cohorts annually, starting in Autumn and Spring.

Leadership National Professional Qualifications

12 month programmes. These three new specialist NPQs replace the current NPQML.

  • NPQLBC: Leading Behaviour and Culture
  • NPQLT: Leading Teaching
  • NPQLTD: Leading Teacher Development


18 month programmes:

  • NPQSL: Senior Leaders
  • NPQH: Headship (including a new programme of support for newly appointed Headteachers)
  • NPQEL: Executive Leadership


You can find more information on the courses in our STSN NPQ Programmes brochure. Please make sure you read the brochure thoroughly before apply to a course.

Summary of Costs

NPQLT: Leading Teaching Cost: £840 *

NPQLBC: Leading Behaviour and Culture Cost: £840 *

NPQLTD: Leading Teacher Development Cost: £840 ** 

NPQSL: Senior Leaders  Cost: £1,045 *

NPQH: NPQ for Headship Cost: £1,690 ***

NPQEL: Executive Leadership Cost: £3,245  *

 * Scholarship Funding is available for participants from State-funded schools and academies. The DFE criteria for scholarships is currently state-funded schools with more than 30% pupil premium or with specific IDACI and AEA criteria.

**  Fully Funded NPQLTD: The DfE will fully fund participants from state-funded schools and academies following an eligibility assessed application process.

*** NPQH Funding explained: The DfE will fully fund participants who are either current or aspiring headteachers in PP30 schools or, Heads in post in their first 2 years in any state-funded school. Aspiring Heads outside of PP30 schools in state-funded will be self funded £1,690

Independent schools or individuals employed in these settings may apply and pay for all programmes.

To confirm your funding status or for further information please contact npq@stsn.co.uk