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.

Teachers and leaders employed in state-funded schools, as well as those employed in state-funded organisations in England that offer education to 16–19-year-olds, will be able to access DfE funded training scholarships for all NPQs. This funding will be available to support participants undertaking NPQs in 22/23 and 23/24.

Organisations eligible to access funded training scholarships include:

  • independent special schools.
  • virtual schools (Local Authority run organisations that support the education of children in care).
  • hospital schools not already included in other categories of eligible organisations.
  • young offender institutions.

There’s extra funding per teacher on an NPQ for your school/setting if it falls into one of these categories:

  • state-funded primary schools with 1-150 pupils will receive a grant payment of £800
  • state-funded primary schools with 150+ pupils will receive a grant payment of £200
  • state-funded secondary schools / 16 to 19 educational settings with 1-600 pupils will receive a grant payment of £200.

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 your school is not eligible for DfE scholarship funding, the cost for the NPQ in Headship (NPQH) is £1,985.