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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

Register your interest

Further information on delivery and assessment methods will be provided in summer 2021, ready for this programme to start in September 2021.

Register your interest below to be the first to hear about upcoming dates and to find out more about the programme.