National Professional Qualification for Headship
Headship (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 will I learn?
- The strategic and operational role of a headteacher.
- How to work with those responsible for governance to establish and sustain the school’s strategic direction and develop an effective culture across the school.
- How to ensure that teaching across the school is effective, transforming pupils’ knowledge understanding and stimulates their thinking.
- How to oversee the design and implementation of carefully sequenced, broad and coherent curricula across the school.
- How to ensure that assessment is of high-quality and as reliable as possible without creating unnecessary workload.
- How to establish and sustain the enabling conditions for good behaviour and ensure that pupils with complex behavioural needs are supported.
- How to ensure all pupils achieve success by supporting colleagues to adapt their teaching to different pupil needs without creating unnecessary workload.
- How to ensure colleagues participate in effective professional development.
- Organisational management (safeguarding, resource allocation and management; recruit, develop, support and appropriately manage all colleagues).
- Effective implementation and change management.
- Working in partnership with parents, the community and with other schools.
- Governance and accountability.
Summary of the Programme and NPQ Learning Hours
Session Type NPQ training (55 hours):
Every Term (3 Terms)
Total Hours (3 Terms)
Audit before start of programme
One day induction conference at the beginning of year 1
Face to face events - Terms 2, 3 & 4
Self-directed learning / Learning journal / Implementation project
13 hours per term (minimum)
Online learning community: Discussion session
1 hour each term (minimum)
Peer learning group
2 hours each term
Line manager sessions
Termly one-hour meetings