The Department for Education has confirmed that it expects to fund all eligible scholarships for Autumn 2018 starters of National Professional Qualifications in school leadership. £10m has been allocated for this.
In the event scholarships are over-subscribed the DfE reserves the right to prioritise funding using the following criteria (in order of priority):
- Participants working in Opportunity Areas
- Participants working in schools where more than 30% of pupils receive Free School Meals
- Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) teachers and leaders
- Participants working in a school in an Opportunity Area, where the school is below the Key Stage 2 or Key Stage 4 floor standards