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NPQ for Headship

NPQ for Headship (NPQH)

NPQH is designed for ambitious school leaders who want to be – or already are – a headteacher. NPQs at the National Institute of Teaching are school-led: our organisation was founded by four leading Multi-Academy Trusts, and our programmes are designed and delivered with a focus on the realities of schools. Because teachers’ time is precious, our programmes are respectful of your time, and designed to have immediate impact on the pupils and colleagues in your school, as well as the colleagues and children you will work with in the future.

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Who is the NPQ for Headship for?

  • The NPQH is for school leaders who are or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.

What does the programme include?

The key sections of the qualification are as follows:

  • School Culture 
  • Teaching 
  • Curriculum and Assessment 
  • Behaviour 
  • Additional and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Professional Development 
  • Organisational Management 
  • Implementation 
  • Working in Partnership
  • Governance and Accountability

Download the full specification for the NPQ for Headship here

When does the programme start?

October 2024


Funding update for Autumn 2024:

The DfE has now confirmed that all state schools are eligible for fully-funded places on the NPQH Autumn 2024 cohort.

If you or your school is not eligible (for example if you work for an independent school) the programme cost is £1850.

We are expecting more details from the DfE in the summer on the practical arrangements on how funding will work, and will update this page as soon as we have this. In the meantime you can find the DfE messaging here.

To find out more about the NPQ in Headship with the National Institute of Teaching please visit their website:

NPQ in Headship with NIoT

Why Windsor Academy Trust?

99 pass rate for npqs

99% Pass Rate

99% pass rate for National Professional Qualifications.

outstanding reputation

Outstanding Reputation

We have an outstanding reputation for delivering best practice programmes that make a real difference.

a trusted partner

A Trusted Partner

We are a trusted partner working with sector-leading partners to support schools and trusts.

outstanding reputation

National Institute of Teaching (NIoT)

Our lead provider, the National Institute of Teaching (NIoT) programmes are designed by teachers and leaders who understand the joys and pressures of school life. We work in collaboration with schools across the country, ensuring that our findings benefit all schools, teachers and leaders.