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NPQ Spring Cohort - Application windows

We are pleased to confirm the application windows for the new NPQ programmes Spring '22 cohort are now open, and you can apply to your chosen programme provider.

Eligibility and Funding: 

Teachers and leaders employed in state-funded schools and state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England can access a fully-funded NPQ from autumn 2021, to support teachers and pupils following the disruption to learning faced as a result of COVID-19.

Access to funding remains conditional on successful validation of participants’ registration information against Teaching Regulation Agency records, so you must ensure that the information supplied to your NPQ provider matches your teacher record. You can check and update your record via the Teaching Regulation Agency’ Teacher Self-Service Portal.

You can choose the provider that best suits your staff and school. We are working with a host of delivery partners across both of our lead providers to ensure that we secure local delivery for the face-to-face sessions, geographically accessible to all our programme participants. Regardless of which lead provider you choose, you are guaranteed to receive an excellent service from The Rainbow Teaching School Hub.

Once you have selected your course and provider, you will need to register with the DfE:

If you would like to sign up with Best Practice Network (BPN):

When completing the application process, under the ‘Engagement Route’ tab, applicants will be asked (via a drop-down menu) to identify whether they are applying through a delivery partner.  At this point, applicants should select ‘Rainbow Teaching School Hub’.

Programme application links:

Application deadline:  30th January 2022

Delivery partners for Best Practice Network NPQs are:

  • NW Learning Partnership
  • St. Helens Local Authority
  • Southport Learning Trust
If you would like to sign up with Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership (CEFEL):

When completing the application process, for the Region/Local Area question, applicants will be asked (via a drop-down menu) to identify a region or local area. At this point, applicants should select ‘Northwest C: Merseyside & Cheshire’.

Programme application link: Applications for all the CEFEL NPQ programmes can be made via this link:

Application deadline: 14th January 2022 AND 10th December 2021 for NPQEL

In conjunction with Rainbow Teaching School Hub, local delivery partners for the CEFEL NPQ programmes, are:

  • All Saints MAT
  • Inspire Teaching School Hub
  • Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust
  • Cheshire Diocesan Academy Trust
Overview: Reformed suite of NPQs

In October 2020, six new content frameworks were published and from September 2021, this reformed suite of NPQs will be available for teachers and leaders who want to develop their knowledge and skills in school leadership and specialist areas of teaching practice. They set out the details that participants should know and be able to do after completing an NPQ.

These reforms include:

  • reforming the 3 existing NPQs in senior leadership, headship and executive leadership
  • replacing the current NPQ in middle leadership with 3 new NPQs for teachers and
  • leaders who want to develop their expertise in specialist areas of teaching practice

We are delighted to be working with two providers for the NPQ programmes:

Best Practice Network (BPN): BPN, the home of Outstanding Leaders Partnership (OLP), a nationwide network of 165 multi-school organisations, diocese, and university partners. Working in collaboration, BPN provide a nationally led and locally delivered range of quality professional development and accredited training programmes, for all education professionals.

Select this link for further information about the reformed BPN NPQ programmes: NPQs for UK Schools | Best Practice Network

The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership (CEFEL):  In partnership with the Catholic Education Service and Chartered College of Teaching and Leadership Matters, CEFEL offer small group expert coaching for every leader on every programme.  You will have the opportunity to learn alongside peers with shared commitment to vision-driven education and the programmes are delivered by expert facilitators from high-performing MATs/schools and Teaching School Hubs, supported by leading academics. 

Select this link for further information about the CEFEL NPQ programmes: NPQ Programmes - Foundation For Educational Leadership (