The Department for Education’s National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership

SSAT is an approved provider of the Department for Education (DfE) National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML). We work with schools to deliver DfE NPQML training to middle leaders and aspiring middle leaders across the country. To find a DfE NPQML course in your area, view the map below.

Funded DfE NPQML places – an update

There has been high demand from teachers and school leaders to access NPQ scholarships. As a result, access to Department for Education (DfE) scholarships for new applicants for NPQs was suspended with effect from 24 July 2020. This was to allow the DfE to fully assess demand against available funding for those who had already applied. This funding suspension will now be maintained for the remainder of the contract term (to 31 August 2022) pending the introduction of new reformed leadership NPQs from September 2021.

Course fees for participants who registered for NPQ courses prior to 24 July 2020 will be funded, provided these participants continue to meet the scholarship eligibility criteria, that they registered for their course prior to the initial suspension, and that they start that course by 31 March 2021. This funding is also subject to confirmation that they have commenced training and successful verification of their data against the Database of Qualified Teachers (DQT). You can check and update your DQT record via the Teaching Regulation Agency.

Eligibility for funding required a teacher or school leader to be working in opportunity areas or areas defined in Achieving excellence areas as categories 5 and 6, or employed at a school which is subject to the oversight of a multi-academy trust or diocese which also includes other schools in those areas.

Find an SSAT delivery partner school near you on the map below, and contact them on the email address provided to sign up to your DfE NPQML place

View NPQML delivery partners in a full screen map

Find out more about the NPQML, including module descriptions, assessment and guided learning hours