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I am pleased to pass on the good news to you that the DFE have confirmed their eligibility criteria to say that ALL schools within dioceses with a ‘footprint’, i.e., at least one school, within a category 5/6 or opportunity area, are eligible for the full scholarship funding to complete their NPQH with the Church of England.

To our best understanding, this means that Church of England schools in the following dioceses will be eligible for full funding:

Bath and Wells, Birmingham, Blackburn, Bristol, Canterbury, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Chester, Chichester, Coventry, Derby, Ely, Exeter, Hereford, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Lincoln, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Oxford, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Rochester, Salisbury, Sheffield, Southwell, St Albans, St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, Winchester, Worcester, York.

I am sure you will agree that this is excellent news which we will want to promote widely. I am thrilled to hear this as it demonstrates the DFE’s commitment to providing high quality professional development for educational leaders.

As before, if this applies to an applicant in your diocese, on application they should note this information on their application form and we will manage the funding application on their behalf.

I am happy to answer any questions that I can, just email or call.

Best wishes,

Emma Trenier | Head of Programmes
T: 0207 898 1535