Accredited by the Department for Education (DfE), the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) course involves the completion of four online modules and the creation, completion and write up of two projects over an academic year;
- One in the home setting that involves leading a whole school change
- The second in the form of an action plan for a second setting, which meets that setting’s particular resource and capability needs
Across these two projects there is also the ability to specialise in a particular key stage, focus area e.g. faith, challenging schools or a skills area such as special schools, EAL or assessment.
NPQH is designed to meet the needs of new and aspiring heads. Those already in a head or senior leadership post and those who plan to become a head in the next 12 months.
It includes the tools and strategies needed for headship, including analysis, accountability, managing change and the latest research and evaluations of leadership approaches in different contexts.
This course is designed to fit around school life, with quality specialist training opportunities and is equal to 60 credits at Masters Level on completion.
We can broker placements, offer shadow and expert training opportunities and will support candidates through both face to face and online communication throughout the course.
Candidates must be working full time in schools to apply for the NPQH course. You will need your line managers approval, or for serving heads, governor approval.
You must be able to lead a whole school project for the duration of the course, and have the ability to deliver and gather information on the project that needs to be sustained for at least two terms.
There are single cohorts each academic year for NPQH. We recruit and accept applications all year round for the October start date. Applications arriving after the end of September are allocated to the next academic year.