Scholarship funding for Autumn 2024 

Funding for Autumn 2024 will target those teachers and leaders who work in the most challenging schools or educational settings, serving more disadvantaged communities. Funding for Spring 25 has not yet been announced.

Scholarship funding to cover the full NPQ course cost will be available to teachers and leaders from: 

  • the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding 
  • 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage 

For the early years leadership NPQ, highly disadvantaged early years settings will also be eligible.    

Scholarships will continue to be available to all teachers and leaders from publicly funded schools and 16 to 19 educational organisations for the following NPQs: 

  • leading primary maths  
  • SENCO  
  • headship  

For the early headship coaching offer, funding to cover the course fees will be available if you are in your first 5 years of headship in England in a state-funded school or state-funded 16 to 19 organisation. You should also be doing or have done the headship NPQ.  

Check if you are eligible for the course 

You should check the course eligibility criteria before you register. You may meet the funding criteria but not the course eligibility. 

You can find out how to check the eligibility of your workplace for Autumn 2024 when registration opens later this year (expected to be in July).

Funding restrictions 

You can only receive scholarship funding for each NPQ once. 

If you receive scholarship funding but then withdraw from or fail your programme, you cannot receive scholarship funding for the same NPQ again. 

Legacy NPQs 

If you received scholarship funding for a legacy NPQ (before November 2021) and withdrew from the programme, you’re still eligible for scholarship funding for the current NPQs.


The table below outlines the costs for NPQs for colleagues not employed in state funded schools:

NPQUK Price if not eligible for scholarship
Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)£889
Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC)£889
Leading Teaching (NPQLT)£889
Senior Leadership (NPQSL)£1149
Headship (NPQH)£1885
Executive Leadership (NPQEL)£3899
Early Headship Coaching Offer (NPQEHCO)£TBC
Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)£1,149