National Professional Qualification in Headship (NPQH)

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Within 18 months, you will develop the knowledge that underpins expert school leadership and apply it to become an outstanding headteacher.

Who is it suitable for?

To apply you must be, or aspire to be, a headteacher or head of school with a responsibility for leading a school. Participants must be at senior leadership level or above currently.

Example roles

  • Headteacher
  • Head of School
  • Director of Teaching School
  • Deputy Headteacher/Vice Principal
  • Assistant Headteacher/Vice Principal

Our delivery partners and their programmes

Our national lead providers, Ambition Institute and Education Development Trust adheres to the National NPQ content framework. Leadership NPQs take around 18 months to complete, and as part of the application process you should select a preferred provider.

When studying for a leadership NPQ programme you will receive the following:

National Professional Qualification in Headship (NPQH)

4 blocks of input over 18 months, based around the themes of:

  • Leading improvement
  • Culture
  • Conditions
  • Classroom.

This includes:

  • 5 x half day face-to-face (or online if needed) core training sessions facilitated by experienced school leaders
  • 5 live, 2 hour facilitated twilight webinars to cement and consolidate learning with your group
  • A series of reading & video-based activities (self-study, online) for each of the 4 blocks – you can complete these at a time to suit you
  • Diagnostic assessment activity for each block (self-study, online) – you can complete these at a time to suit you
  • Support for final assessment.

National Professional Qualification in Headship (NPQH)
  • Two full day conferences – one launch day and one part way through the programme – face to face or online
  • 8 x online self-study ‘courses’ – one every six weeks
  • Peer support from a buddy pair or in a trio
  • Little and often approach, with self-study each week at a time which suits you
  • 7 x after school ‘clinics’ over the 18 months
  • 6 optional ‘community’ twilight sessions – problem solving with peers
  • Support for final assessment – no school improvement task.
How to Apply

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