NPQ in Headship (NPQH)

The Programme:

This programme is designed to develop confident headteachers with the knowledge, skills and understanding which can be used to establish a culture and environment within which pupils and staff can thrive.

This programme is for school leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school.

An Early Headship Coaching Offer (EHCO) is also available for all Headteachers who are participating in the NPQH and who are in their first five years of headship. This offer is an unassessed support package and is based on the latest available evidence on what makes an effective headteacher. The offer is designed for those early on in their headship role and will include structured support elements such as group coaching and networking opportunities.

The programme aims to help you and your school by:

  • Supporting your professional development through evidence-informed seminars and workshops
  • Working alongside other aspiring headteachers to support the development of peer learning
  • Developing you as a leader with whole school responsibility and to provide the tools to establish and sustain your school’s strategic direction
  • Learning how to create an effective school culture and align staff in supporting and delivering your school’s mission
  • Supporting the succession of school leaders and build a cohesive, impact-focused school leadership team

This is a 21-month programme involving 18 months’ delivery through seminar workshops and self-directed on-line learning and up to three months for assessment. The programme will give participants the essential knowledge, skills and concepts underpinning the successful headship. It will do so through exploring the following content modules based on the DfE’s NPQ frameworks:

  • Teaching
  • School culture
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Behaviour
  • Additional and special needs
  • Professional development
  • Organisational management
  • Governance and accountability.
  • Implementation

For more information on the DfE’s NPQ framework, click here:

National Professional Qualification (NPQ): Headship Framework (publishing.service.gov.uk)

  • Evidence-based on-line content using Teach First materials exploring each of the content modules
  • Seminars providing you with an opportunity for peer learning and the consolidation of learning within each of the content modules
  • Two face-to-face conferences to provide further opportunity for peer learning combined with expert input from specialist practitioners.

DfE funded places will continue to be available to all teachers and leaders from publicly funded schools for the NPQ in Headship (NPQH).

There are a limited number of funded spaces available so please register your interest now to receive an application form and avoid disappointment.

An Early Headship Coaching Offer (EHCO) is also available for all Headteachers who are participating in the NPQH and who are in their first five years of headship. This offer is an unassessed support package and is based on the latest available evidence on what makes an effective headteacher. The offer is designed for those early on in their headship role and will include structured support elements such as group coaching and networking opportunities.

If you do not receive the DfE scholarship funding, or your schools is not eligible, the cost for the NPQ in Headship (NPQH) is £1,885.