National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

Our suite of National Professional Qualifications are designed to support aspiring and current leaders in schools to grow and develop the skills needed to have real impact on the lives of young people and fellow colleagues.

Working in partnership with Best Practice Network, we are proud to be a delivery partner for a range of professional development programmes to support teachers and school leaders at all levels – from new teachers following the Early Careers Framework through to senior leaders engaging with both specialist and leadership National Professional Qualifications.

We are currently recruiting for our next NPQ cohort – so take a look at what we have to offer here  

For Autumn 2024 NPQ scholarship funding will target those teachers, aspiring leaders and current senior leaders who work in the most challenging schools and education settings, serving the most disadvantaged communities.

Scholarship funding to cover the full NPQ course cost with Services For Education will be available to teachers and leaders from:

  • the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding
  • 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage

Scholarship funding continues to be available to all teachers and leaders from publicly funded schools and 16 to 19 educational organisations for the following NPQs with Services For Education:

  • leading primary maths
  • headship

See if your school is eligible using our Initial NPQ Eligibility Checker – please note application will be subject to final DfE checks 

Type in your school name or postcode to check

If you can’t find your school then please do still get in contact with us to see if we are able to help you. 


Important information about NPQ funding

To have the best chance of a fully funded place on an NPQ programme for Autumn 24, apply as soon as possible.

For Autumn 2024 NPQ scholarship funding will target those teachers, aspiring leaders and current senior leaders who work in the most challenging schools and education settings, serving the most disadvantaged communities. These funded places are limited.

Scholarship funding to cover the full NPQ course cost with Services For Education will be available to teachers and leaders from:

  • the 50% of schools with the highest proportion of students who attract pupil premium funding.
  • 16 to 19 educational settings identified as having high disadvantage.

Limited funded places are available with SFE for NPQLT, NPQLBC, NPQLTD, NPQLL and NPQSL,

Scholarship funding continues to be available to all teachers and leaders from publicly funded schools and 16 to 19 educational organisations for the following NPQs with Services For Education:

  • leading primary maths (NPQML)

When completing your NPQ application form please ensure you nominate Services For Education as your chosen delivery partner from the drop-down list e.g.

Programme information and application links

Our National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) Offer:

There are two types of NPQs: specialist and leadership. Specialist NPQs are designed to develop expertise in specialist areas of teaching practice, such as behaviour, literacy, or maths. Leadership NPQs are designed to develop expertise in school leadership. SFE offers both specialist and leadership DfE accredited National Professional Qualifications.

Specialist NPQs

Specialist NPQs

Our specialist NPQs are a 12-month programme designed help teachers and school leaders to develop their skills and knowledge in a specialist area. We offer:

National Professional Qualification in Leading Behaviour & Culture (NPQLBC)

National Professional Qualification in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)

National Professional Qualification in Leading Literacy (NPQLL)

National Professional Qualification in Leading Teaching (NPQLT)

National Professional Qualification in Leading Maths (NPQLM)

Register your interest in our NPQs in partnership with BPN >

Leadership NPQs

Leadership NPQs

Our leadership NPQ programme is offered over 18-months and give teachers and school leaders the opportunity to develop their leadership practice across a range of contexts. We offer:

National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

Register your interest in our NPQs in partnership with BPN >

To find out more about each NPQ visit the gov website here.

Why SFE?

Services For Education are working in partnership with Best Practice Network, so you benefit from the robust processes of a national organisation, whilst receiving the support, dedication and hands-on approach of SFE, a local training provider to you.

By choosing us you will benefit from:

Expertise – we are extremely passionate about our fields and devote a great deal of time to CPD ourselves, to remain at the cutting edge of national and local developments and ensure all training and support is relevant, up to date and actionable for your school. The numerous awards we have won reflect this.

See our awards

Experience – our experience speaks for itself. We have over 170 years of combined experience within the team, of both teaching and leading schools which means we have the strategic thinking and pragmatic “real world” view of what it takes to be a teacher.

Meet the team

Adaptability – Our broad offer reflects the wide range of school needs and varies in accordance with the external environment. We can offer Insets, online and centre-based training courses; we provide bespoke training courses and/or more detailed audits and consultancy; and we aim to cover all the topics and areas important to schools and other educational settings.

Read our testimonials

Meet Our NPQ Team Facilitation Team

At Services For Education, we take pride in only hiring the very best people for our team, many of whom have previous experience as teachers, headteachers, senior leaders and governors. Find out more about our wonderful team below.

Kirsty JonesKirsty Jones - Head of School Support, Services For Education

Kirsty's passion for education shines through her 20 years of dedicated experience in school leadership. From mainstream to special schools, and alternative provision settings, she has worked tirelessly with both disadvantaged children and high-attaining pupils. As a Director of Post 16, Whole School Teaching and Learning Lead, Curriculum and Assessment Lead, headships, and Executive Headship, Kirsty has always strived for excellence.

In her role with Shaw Education Trust, which oversees 30 academies including two Institutes of Education, Kirsty has applied her expertise in special educational needs, supporting colleagues to drive positive change. As an Executive School Improvement Advisor for a Multi Academy Trust, she has been instrumental in improving pupil outcomes, from pupil premium to SEND attainment, and everything in between.

Now, as the Head of School Support Service with SFE, Kirsty leads a team focused on providing specialist education solutions for schools nationwide. Her dedication to making a difference in education doesn't stop there - she has also contributed to important research on the impact of school mobile phone policies on children's mental health.

With her extensive leadership experience in diverse settings, Kirsty is a trusted mentor for new school leaders, recognizing the challenges they face. Her commitment to supporting others in the education field goes beyond her professional roles, as she volunteers with a charity to provide guidance and support to those navigating the complexities of school leadership.

Kirsty's journey in education is fuelled by a deep-rooted desire to make a positive impact on the lives of students and fellow educators. Her unwavering passion for creating a better future through education is truly inspiring.

Helen GrundyHelen Grundy - Adviser, Services For Education

Helen's journey began in 1998 when she proudly graduated with a first-class honour’s degree in English and Education Studies. Her time studying in Amsterdam at the Hogeschool Holland added a TESOL element to her degree, opening her eyes to international approaches to education.

Her teaching career in Staffordshire saw her excel in various roles, from subject leadership to SENCo and SLT. Helen's passion and dedication led her to become a Leading Maths Teacher, supporting colleagues and ultimately transitioning into consultancy and advisory roles.

Joining Services For Education in 2015 as an Education Adviser, Helen's initial focus on Maths Advising quickly expanded to include managing the highly successful Health for Life in Primary Schools programme and overseeing ECT Induction. Her expertise is also sought after for delivering parts of the nationally recognised NPQ suite of qualifications.

Helen's journey is not just a career, but a testament to her unwavering commitment to education and the betterment of schools and students.   

Jo PerrinJo Perrin - Adviser, Services For Education

Jo Perrin is a seasoned Education Adviser with a strong background in safeguarding. She has held key roles as a Designated Safeguarding Lead and pastoral lead in the education sector. Facilitating training to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals working directly with children and young people is her passion.

With a wealth of experience in teaching PSHE and expertise in childhood trauma from her time as a foster carer, Jo is dedicated to supporting organisations that work with children and vulnerable adults on safeguarding issues. She is actively involved in professional safeguarding groups in the West Midlands and is currently collaborating on a research project with colleagues from the University of Birmingham and the NHS focusing on FGM awareness within communities. Jo’s has worked as a West Midlands' Adviser for national PSHE resources, presented at the Sex Education Forum National Members' Event and authored an advertorial for PSM magazine and an article for SEND magazine.

Jo's expertise extends to training on topics such as Safer Recruitment and Mental Health at Work. She is also a facilitator for the nationally recognised NPQSL qualification, supporting senior leaders in education. Her contributions to publications and development of resources for RSE provision have been well-received by schools nationally and internationally.

With her extensive experience and dedication to professional development, Jo Perrin is a highly respected figure in the field of education. Her guidance on safeguarding, mental health awareness, personal development, and relationships education is highly valued within the industry.

Emma Mudge - Adviser, Services For Education

Emma has over 20 years of experience working in primary education. Throughout this time, she worked as a leader in a wide variety of areas, and as Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, and Acting Head Teacher, she has been at the forefront of school leadership and improvement for a significant number of years.  

Emma now works as the Educational Adviser for English and is also a member of the Safeguarding team, sharing her experience and knowledge to continually promote and improve the quality of safeguarding, the standard of teaching and learning in English, and in school improvement overall. Supporting schools with the accuracy of their KS1 and KS2 writing assessments is an important part of her role as she can use her expertise as a member for the moderation team to inform, train and support teachers and school leaders. 

Emma is also part of the team which delivers the Health For Life programme (improving the healthy opportunities for primary aged children) and the NPQSL, where she proudly supports the development of our aspiring leaders in the city. 

Simone WhitehouseDr Simone Whitehouse-James - Adviser, Services For Education

Simone's journey in the field of education is nothing short of remarkable. Armed with a deep passion for Religious Education, she has not only excelled in her own academic pursuits but has also dedicated herself to the betterment of the education system.

From her early days as a Head of Department leading RE in schools in Birmingham to her current role as an Education Advisor at Services For Education, Simone has constantly pushed the boundaries of her knowledge and expertise. Simone has also worked as a visiting lecturer on the Birmingham University RE PGDip course. Her commitment to the field is evident in her decision to pursue a PhD, delving into the unique approach to teaching RE in Birmingham.

But Simone's impact goes beyond just Religious Education. Her extensive knowledge of ITT and the Early Career Framework has allowed her to support teachers, school leaders, and governors in their professional development journey. As an Induction Manager and facilitator for the Best Practice Network, she plays a crucial role in shaping the next generation of educators and school leaders.

Simone's dedication to her craft is unwavering, whether she's engaging with faith groups, acting as the drafting secretary for the Agreed Syllabus Conference, advising on curriculum development, or delivering nationally recognised CPD as part of the NPQ suite of qualifications. Her passion for education is truly inspiring, as she continues to push boundaries, challenge norms, and lead by example in the world of education.

What people say about our NPQs…


NPQLTD delegates 

“Helen is an excellent facilitator. She supportive and informative”

“Very engaging presenter”

“Lots of open discussion and feedback”

“The presentations we did in small groups were really effective”

“A good and engaging session”


NPQLBC delegates 


NPQLTD delegates 

“Lots of opportunities for useful discussion with peers”

“A great day – lots of opportunities to share ideas and learn from others experiences”

“An informative and great day to think about next steps”

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