NPQ for Headship

NPQ for Headship

Leading a school is complex.

Although some headteachers and principals still teach, the role is primarily a strategic and operational one and relies on working with and through their colleagues, particularly the leadership team, to ensure every pupil gets an excellent education.

Those in this role need to have a strong understanding of their context, community and the pupils and adults they work with. They also need to have a depth of expertise across several specialist areas related to their role (eg curriculum and assessment, behaviour, organisational management) and in approaches that, through working with their colleagues, enable their school to keep improving (eg professional development and implementation).

They must understand the relationship between these different domains, how they can change over time, set an ambitious vision for their school, and establish the culture and conditions in which staff and pupils can thrive. They must also maintain the highest professional conduct set out in the Teachers’ Standards and Headteachers’ Standards. That means developing expertise in school leadership is also complex.

This framework is a codification of essential knowledge, skills, and concepts that underpin a school's successful leadership.

It sets out what those leading a school should know and can do within the specialist areas related to their role and approaches that enable their school to improve.

Who is the NPQ for Headship for?

This NPQ 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

The NPQH scholarship for headteachers is accompanied by a fully funded Additional Support Offer (ASO). The aim of the ASO is to provide structured, unassessed support to new Head Teachers. The ASO will be a targeted package of support consisting of tailored mentoring and peer support activities.

Who is eligible for full scholarship funding?

  • All of the new suite of NPQs for teachers from any school will be fully funded by the DfE if the school is in the top 30th percentile of the country by Pupil Premium.
  • The NPQ for Headship (NPQH) is fully funded for any headteacher in their first 2 years of headship.
  • The NPQH scholarship for headteachers is accompanied by a fully funded Additional Support Offer (ASO). Those leaders who are currently taking the existing NPQH will also be eligible for the ASO if they are in their first 2 years of headship.

 More information is available from the government, here.

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Apply online by completing the form on this website. When asked to select your lead provider, select Teacher Development Trust.

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