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New National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

We are delighted to be a delivery partner for the new and reformed NPQs for UCL Institute of Education. Across our region, we have a strong record of collaboration and delivering NPQs for UCL and the impact can be seen in many of our schools.  

The NPQs are designed to provide quality CPD and a golden thread of development from the Early Career Framework.

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NPQs available with SCSA from Spring 2024 (Cohort 6)

The new NPQs in specialist areas of teaching are:

  • Leading Teacher Development: for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading the development of other teachers in their school.
  • Leading Teaching: for teachers who have, or are aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.
  • Leading Behaviour and Culture: For teachers who have, or are aspiring to have responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school.
  • Leading Primary Mathematics: Teachers and leaders with responsibility for leading maths across a primary
    key-stage or school, or those who want to have this responsibility.
    • Teachers familiar with mastery approaches to teaching primary maths, who want to
    improve leadership skills in this area.
    • Subject leaders in a school already engaged in the primary Teaching for Mastery
    programme or similar programme.
  • Leading Literacy for teachers who have, or aspire to have, leadership responsibility for literacy across a year group or key stage, phase or school.

The reformed leadership NPQs are:

  • Early Years Leadership: for those who are, or aspiring to be, managers of Early Years settings.  Additional information on NPQEYL and Q&A.
  • Senior Leadership: for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities.
  • Headship: for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.
  • Executive Leadership: For 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.

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The DfE announced on 12th October 2021 that ALL NPQs will now be free to all state schools.

How to apply

If you wish to work with UCL Institute of Education, please follow the steps outlined below:

Applicants will need to apply individually after discussion with their Headteacher or senior leader and will need their Teachers Reference number (TRN) and their National Insurance number when registering.

Step 1: Go to DfE


Step 2:

Choose UCL Institute of Education as a Lead Provider.  The DfE platform will check the applicants TRN and, if appropriate, national insurance number. This is where eligibility for scholarships is checked. The DfE will then pass on details to UCL who will contact the participant directly asking them to complete the application process via a link to the application form.

Step 3:

UCL Institute of Education will notify the participant if they are successful and transfer the details to us as a Delivery Partner.

Step 4:

Sussex Coast Schools Alliance (delivery partner) will then contact participants with dates of the programme and details of how to prepare.

This process is the same for all national providers.

Deadlines for applications:

We are currently recruiting for Cohort 6 to begin in Spring 2024.  Applications need to be submitted by 21st  January 2024.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or support at SCSA@benfield.brighton-hove.sch.uk

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