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.
This NPQH is fully funded by the DfE.
The key sections of the qualification are as follows:
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.
The Additional Support Offer provides targeted support for new headteachers in the first two years of appointment who are already taken NPQH or are commencing the new programme.
You will receive five hours of one to one coaching with an experienced school leader and complementary support, which can include an online community for help and sharing ideas and guided visits to schools to explore other heads’ leadership on the ground.
The Additional Support Offer is fully funded if you meet the following requirements:
If you aren't eligible for funding, the cost is £1,899.
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