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Announcement - NPQ Scholarships for leaders working in schools in priority areas

The DfE has recently confirmed that £10 million of the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) has been set aside to support teachers and leaders in challenging areas to access the reformed National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

This funding will cover the full participant costs of the course for teachers working in an Opportunity Area or a priority area (defined by the DfE as a category 5 or 6 ‘Achieving Excellence’ area).

These areas include Ashford, Crawley, Gravesham, Hastings, Lewes, Medway, Thanet

To be eligible for a scholarship, the participant must be:

Working in a school in one of the above areas

Not already hold the NPQ for which they are applying

Not previously have dropped out before completing the NPQ for which they are applying.

The funding is expected to be available in each of the financial years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. We understand that where a participant has already begun a course before this funding is available, provided that they meet the criteria, they will be able to have their course costs refunded.

The DfE will shortly be running a procurement process open only to accredited providers of the NPQs. We expect this process to be complete by the end of December and, subject to LLSE’s success in this process, we further expect that any eligible participant previously enrolled on an NPQ (since September 2017) will have their fees refunded.


Every pupil deserves outstanding teachers and every school deserves outstanding leaders.

LLSE is a partnership of schools and strategic partners committed to growing and developing the next generation of school leaders equipped with the skills, determination and passion necessary to lead outstanding schools.

LLSE works with schools to identify potential outstanding leaders of the future and provide them with the opportunities to learn from and with their peers, building professional networks that will sustain them in their careers.

The experiences we design prepare leaders to work in a rapidly changing educational landscape in which they will increasingly lead both in and beyond their own schools.

LLSE is a Department for Education Accredited NPQ Provider and In partnership with Schools, Alliances and Clusters we offer the National Professional Qualifications for Middle Leadership (NPQML), Senior Leadership (NPQSL),  Headship (NPQH) and for Executive Leadership (NPQEL).

Why Choose LLSE?

98% of those submitting NPQ Final Assessment with LLSE are successful


Programmes that provide first class face to face opportunities


NPQ courses re-designed for 2017/18 by current school leaders from across the South East


Use you NPQs towards Masters Credits via CCCU


Courses delivered by fully trained Facilitators



National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership

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National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership

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National Professional Qualification for Headship

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National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership

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