In early November 2021, the DfE confirmed that ALL current NPQs would be available AT NO COST to all state funded schools (which includes Academies) for a period of up to 3 years. This applies  to teachers and leaders who are employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England.

A revised suite of NPQs was made available to schools in September 2021. These NPQs are being delivered by designated Lead Providers, working with a range of local delivery partners.

The 6 NPQs currently available are

The 3 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 or supporting pupil wellbeing in their school

The 3 reformed leadership NPQs:  

  • 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

The Dfe has also confirmed the development of 2 further NPQs, to be introduced from September 2022. These are

  • The NPQ for Leading Literacy (NPQLL)
  • The NPQ for Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)

Indications are that these will also be provided at no cost to eligible schools from 2022 to 2024.

The frameworks for the NPQ suite, and further information can be found on the DfE website here National professional qualifications frameworks: from autumn 2021 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

carried out in the  summer term 2019 when Alliance schools were given the opportunity to bid for funding to carry out focused research and development projects on behalf of partner schools.

Both projects are focused on developing emotional well being and positive mental health. 

As part of one project, children are bring trained as Health Champions, developing their understanding of Healthy Movement, Healthy Mindset, Healthy Eating and Healthy Habits with the intention that they will be active in supporting their peers.  For more information on health champions, visit  http://childrenshealthproject.com/

A mental health questionnaire has been circulated to KS2 children as part of the second project to  collate information  on pupil’s current perceptions. Following collation of the data, certain approaches and strategies are being trialled such as mindfulness, yoga, the use of music at key transition points of each day, drama/role play and the use of an emotional health practitioner to support both staff and students to develop self awareness, resilience and  assertiveness. A follow up questionnaire will be completed to assess the impact these strategies have made. 

The outcomes of this research will be made available to all member schools later this year, to support the development of evidence-informed practice and innovation. Watch the latest news for more information.