Level 3: aspiring to lead an organisation
Application round: closed
The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is the first choice qualification for anyone aspiring to be a headteacher or principal, and was designed in collaboration with some of the country’s leading headteachers and academics.
NPQH will develop talented leaders from all backgrounds who can deliver educational excellence in a self-improving system, and high-quality outcomes for pupils and students.
The programme is no longer mandatory, however, evaluation evidence from trainee heads who have completed NPQH demonstrates that the programme remains a high quality leadership development programme that has direct impact on the individual, the school in which they work and their pupils:
You can control the pace and focus of your study by completing the work in a timeframe that suits you and by choosing elective modules that interest you the most.
You should be highly motivated to be a headteacher, no more than 12–18 months from applying for headship posts and ready to take up a headship as soon as you graduate. You should also have the full support and endorsement of your sponsor (for example, your headteacher or line manager).
A placement at a school in a different context for a minimum of 9 days.
Each module requires up to 50 hours of blended learning, typically consisting of:
Read more about the available modules.
The final assessment process will enable you to demonstrate your leadership in practice through the successful completion of school improvement work undertaken in your own and other school settings, as well as your capacity to perform well in presenting, at interview and in making decisions in test environments. It is competency based, testing the key competencies that are required for successful headship. The final assessment comprises 3 tasks, 1 in your school, 1 in your placement school, and a case study assessment.
You will study with one of our licensees.
Costs vary between licensees – you may be eligible for a scholarship.
The NPQH application round is currently closed. When a date for the next intake is finalised, it will be published here. Applicants who submitted an application for Intake 4 will be notified of the outcome of the application week commencing 31 March 2014.