The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is the first choice qualification for anyone aspiring to be a headteacher. The qualification not only focuses on the key skills needed for headship, but also meets the highest standards for leadership development anywhere in the world. NPQH is a high bar that will challenge and develop talented leaders from all backgrounds to deliver educational excellence in a self-improving system, and high quality outcomes for pupils and students.
NPQH is suitable for candidates who are be highly motivated to become a headteacher, no more than 18 months from applying for headship. Candidates must pass the gateway assessment before registering with a provider.
What are the benefits?
Focus on and develop the key skills needed for headship
Internationally recognised, high standard for leadership development
Challenge and development to deliver educational excellence in a self-improving system which will enable high quality outcomes for pupils and students
How is it delivered?
Trainee heads are expected to completion the qualification within a 12 month period. Trainee headteachers benefit from:
five face-to-face training events
five online courses working alongside peers*
termly face-to-face and online coaching sessions
regular online conferences to support and complement learning
access to two 360° leadership skills diagnostics
support from a nominated in-school mentor
facilitation and coaching from serving school leaders in outstanding schools
a nine-day school placement (identified according to location, phase and specialism)
mobile enabled virtual learning environment enabling flexible access to course resources and support community
option to accrue Credits and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points to contribute towards a Master's degree
*Online courses take around 20 hours per course and cover a four week period. The courses provide learners with a pathway through the modules and are made up of case studies, online discussion, accounts of practice, opinion pieces and work based investigation.
Trainee heads are required to complete three assessed tasks demonstrating that they can deliver successful and sustainable improvement in their school or setting:
Task 1: leading school improvement priority in own (or agreed) school
Task 2: leading school improvement tasks, working in partnership with the placement school
Task 3: case study and presentation/interview
NPQH is assessed and accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
What does it cost?
The fee for NPQH is outlined below:
State-maintained schools and academies
£2,250 + assessment fees
*Final assessment activity will be funded for all candidates from English state-maintained schools and academies.
How to apply
The application deadline has now passed for NPQH to start in Spring 2017.
We would like to wish good luck to everyone who submitted an application and we look forward to working with you.
The application gateway will reopen in summer for NPQH Autumn 2017. If you are interested in applying for NPQH Autumn 2017 and wish to receive course updates then please register your interest by emailing us or calling 0117 920 9424.