National professional qualifications
NPQ REFORMS 2021 - CONTEXT
The DfE is transforming the training and support available for teachers at all stages of their career. The 2019 Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy set out a range of commitments intended to ensure that teaching remains an attractive, sustainable and rewarding career path. This includes reforms to the national professional qualifications (NPQ) that will be available from September 2021.
Learners First is working in partnership with local Teaching Schools Hubs and national partners to be able to deliver the new NPQs in accordance with the reforms for the 2021/22 academic year.
THE REFORMED SUITE OF NPQs
On 13th October 2020, the Department for Education (DfE) published details of the new frameworks for the reformed national professional qualifications (NPQ) that will be effective from September 2021. They have been developed in consultation with an expert advisory group from across the education system and include changes to the ways in which NPQs will be assessed.
NPQs are a voluntary suite of qualifications designed to support the professional development of all teachers and school/trust leaders. They are already widely recognised by the sector and regarded as a set of prestigious professional qualifications.
The reformed suite comprises of three specialist NPQs and revisions to NPQSL, NPQH and NPQEL. The three Specialist NPQs are – leading teaching (NPQLT), leading behaviour and culture (NPQLBC), and leading teacher development (NPQLTD) and have been added to the suite for teachers who want to deepen their expertise in specialist areas.
WHO ARE THE NEW NPQS FOR?
WHAT WILL THE NEW NPQS COVER?
The DfE has developed and published an NPQ Content Framework, specifying the mandated requirements as to what the curricula of the NPQ training should cover. The NPQ Content Frameworks can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-professional-qualifications-frameworks-from-september-2021
The NPQ Content Frameworks are relevant to teachers in both primary and secondary phases. They have also been designed to ensure they support all pupils to succeed in both mainstream and specialist settings. This includes those pupils identified within the four areas of need set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) code of practice, and children in need of help and protection as identified in the Children in Need Review.
HOW WILL THEY BE ASSESSED?
The assessment process for NPQs has been refreshed to reduce the workload burden on teachers while still providing an opportunity for them to apply their knowledge. To pass the courses, teachers will need to engage with at least 90% of the course and pass one Summative Assessment. The NPQ Summative Assessments will take the form of a case study covering the content in the relevant NPQ Content Framework and represent a likely situation to be faced by a Teacher at the relevant NPQ qualification level or role. A different case study and mark scheme will apply for each cohort group.
WHO CAN DELIVER THE NEW NPQS?
Scholarship Funding for the new NPQs will be determined by the DfE in accordance with the Department’s priorities.
Funding will be dependent on the level of NPQ and the eligibility of the school at which the teacher is employed with the percentage of pupils on Pupil Premium being a key criterion. Further details regarding funding are expected from the DfE during the Summer Term 2021.
HoW TO APPLY
Application details will be set out in the Summer Term 2021 following the DfE’s appointment of lead providers. For expressions of interest in the new programmes, please email email@example.com and we will notify you of the application process once finalised.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT OFFER FOR NEW HEADTEACHERS
In addition to the reformed suite of NPQs, the DfE is introducing an £800 per eligible head teacher top-up payment in respect of the NPQH for providers to design and deliver an additional support offer for new head teachers who have taken the reformed NPQH or will be taking the NPQH in their first two years in role (the ‘NPQH Additional Support Offer for New Head Teachers’). This is a targeted package of support tailored to the needs of Teachers new to the role of headship when they are at their least experienced and most at risk of leaving the profession.
The aim of the NPQH Additional Support Offer for New Head Teachers is to provide structured, unassessed face to face support based on the best available evidence about what makes an effective head teacher. This may include but is not limited to group coaching and expert led one to one conversations. Challenges new head teachers face are varied, evidence shows that support is more effective when tailored to the needs and context of the head teacher.
Further information to follow in the Summer Term.