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 in recent months. As a result, access to Department for Education (DfE) scholarships for new applicants for NPQs is currently suspended. This is to allow the DfE to fully assess demand against available funding for those who have already applied.

If you started your course prior to 24 July 2020, you will receive funding for the full course fee if you continue to meet the eligibility criteria below and have not previously been enrolled on an NPQ course of the same level.

The DfE is now working with providers to understand what funding can be made available for eligible participants who registered for a future course before 24 July 2020. It is doing this as quickly as possible. In the meantime, your chosen NPQ provider is best placed to confirm the position with you in respect of your course, financial arrangements, and their specific terms and conditions.

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.

Access to funding remains conditional on successful verification of participants’ registration information against the database of qualified teachers (DQT), so you must ensure that the information supplied to your NPQ provider matches your DQT record. You can check and update your DQT record via the Teaching Regulation Agency.

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