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National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

Course code
Event types
Performance Enrichment, Development Training
Event description

The main focus of this programme is to ensure that all participants increase their confidence and capability in the core skills and responsibilities of an effective school leader. The course will empower participants to develop a strong network to support them as Headteachers.

Participants are assessed through a written assignment to ensure that they have reached the qualification requirements, plus a viva interview to assess them against the more challenging Ambition bar.

The programme comprises a series of training sessions, along with pre- and post-reading, a nine-day school placement and an in-school impact project.

The sessions cover six core areas:

  • Leadership skills for Headteachers

  • School self-evaluation and school improvement planning

  • School culture and vision

  • Operational management of a school including finance and HR

  • Teaching, learning and curriculum

  • Pastoral leadership

In order for both aspiring and serving Headteachers to receive their qualification, they will need to complete the project element of this qualification successfully. This is in two parts:

  • Lead a change programme at whole-school level, lasting for at least two terms, to improve pupil progress and attainment. They will need to present the plan to their governing board prior to implementation and gather their feedback.

  • Undertake a placement in a contrasting school (for example, by performance, pupil profile, geography), lasting at least nine working days.

It is therefore essential that the school understands the level of support they will need to put in place when they are placing participants on the programme.

Target audience: Deputy Headteachers who are aspiring to headship and meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You will probably be in a headship role in the next 12–18 months

  • You will have completed at least one year at a Deputy Head level

  • As this programme is for those whose next step is headship, eligibility is limited to Deputy and Assistant Headteachers

  • You will have evidence of having made substantial positive impact on a school

The DfE have confirmed availability of scholarship funding for NPQs for the 2019-20 financial year (April 2019 - April 2020).

Scholarship eligibility 

All participants who work in a school which is in a category 5 or 6 development area, or who work in a MAT that has AT LEAST ONE school in a category 5 or 6 development area, are eligible for the scholarship. This means that a participant will be eligible for the scholarship even if they themselves are not in a category 5 or 6 school, so long as their MAT has a least one school in either of these areas. This school does not need to be involved in your NPQ programme to make your entire MAT eligible.

Please note that the following criteria will also apply to participant eligibility:

  • The participant should not already hold this qualification;

  • The participant has not previously received funding for the NPQ level for which they are applying;

  • The participant has not previously enrolled for the same NPQ level/course and dropped out before completing it.

Course categories
REAch2 subcategories
Leadership & Management
Target audience
Senior Leaders
target audience
Woburn House, Conference Centre, Tavistock Square,
Event trainers
Andrea Wright
Course cost
Start date
Wednesday 2 October 2019
End date
Thursday 11 June 2020
09:30 - 16:30
Pre-Event Evaluationsn/a
Post-Event EvaluationsStandard Evaluation (evaluate online) (evaluate per event)
Impact Evaluations (Delegate)n/a
Impact Evaluations (CPD Leader)n/a