National Professional Qualification for Headship
Who is NPQH for?
NPQH is ideal if you are motivated to be a headteacher and are no more than about 12-18 months from applying for headship posts. You’ll need to have the full support and endorsement of your headteacher, line manager or sponsor. Your line manager will also have to commit to playing an active role in your learning, encouraging and promoting your involvement in leadership and other professional development opportunities.
Can anyone study NPQH?
You should normally be within about 12-18 months of applying for a headship. You will have to pass the initial gateway assessment before registering for the programme. The application form requires candidates to provide evidence against the criteria within the NPQH gateway assessment framework. You also require the endorsement of your line manager or sponsor. The NPQH is relevant to and open to colleagues who are acting headteachers or already in post as a headteacher.
What are the benefits of NPQH qualification?
The NPQH is well-established as the first-choice qualification for anyone aspiring to be a headteacher or principal. The programme is set to produce an outstanding generation of school and academy leaders.
- It provides you with a credible, valid and reliable final assessment report to support governing body interview panels and give you the competitive edge when applying for headships.
- It has been designed in collaboration with some of the country’s leading headteachers and academics to give balance between academic rigour and applied leadership.
- The flexible structure combines core elements with the freedom to specialise or develop your own areas of professional interest.
- The in-school placement combines a whole-school strategic leadership task with the opportunity to work alongside an experienced headteacher in a different context.
- It provides access to peer learning and optional coaching to extend and maximise your learning throughout the programme.
The NPQH is relevant to and open to colleagues who are acting headteachers or already in post as a headteacher.
What is the content structure of the NPQH programme?
The NPQH is a robust and flexible programme. To complete the qualification, you will need to attend all 5 face to face days, compete online tasks and learning and undertake school improvement tasks in your own and a placement school.
To complete the NPQH programme the maximum study time for the whole qualification will be 160 hours approx. 25 hours of this will be face to face learning, with the remainder of the time spent exploring the online library, engaging in discussions, individual research, in school activities related to the programme and preparation and engagement with the assessment task.
You do not necessarily have to be on NPQH to study for a learning area and NPQH candidates can elect to study for additional learning areas to meet their own personal development needs or school priorities.
Your placement in another school needs to be conducted over around nine days (not consecutive). During the placement you will:
- Lead on a strategically challenging project
- Participate in agreed activities alongside the headteacher of your placement school
- Learn from an effective role model
- Practice and develop your leadership in a different context
- Reflect on key leadership behaviours of highly effective leaders and identify how to develop your own leadership
For an overview of the structure of the NPQH programme click here.
Do you have to be on NPQH to undertake a learning area?
No. You can choose to undertake an individual learning area to address a particular need without applying for the full NPQH qualification or you might choose to do one learning area the first year, another one the year after and the final parts to gain the full qualification in the third year.
How is the programme assessed?
In order to achieve the NPQH qualification you must attend all face to face fays, undertake online activities, complete your school placement and register for and successfully complete the final assessment task.
How long does it take?
The qualification takes between 12 and 18 months to complete with each module requiring between 40 and 50 hours of learning. The majority of participants are likely to spend between 12 and 18 months completing the programme.
Where will the programme be held?
The introductory day and all module face to face sessions will take place at a suitable venue within the eastern region.
Venue: Girton College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0JG
The programme starts online in early 2018, with the face-to-face days held as below:
|Face to Face day 1||Monday 12th March 2018|
|Face to Face day 2||Wednesday 13th June 2018|
|Face to Face day 3||Monday 17th September 2018|
|Face to Face day 4||Thursday 22nd November 2018|
|Face to Face day 5||Wednesday 16th January 2019|
The cost of this programme is £1450. Participants who intend to undertake the bridging project for Masters accreditation should declare their interest (with no obligation) on registration for the NPQH.
The TRN was previously known as a DfEE number, and similar titles. The TRN is normally in the form: 01 / 23456. If you have a number that is in a different form it is not your TRN and will be rejected by NCTL. Currently TRNs are handled by Capita. If you have not been successful following the above suggestions you can also get your Teacher Reference Number by contacting Capita, who co-ordinate teachers’ pension arrangements:
Telephone: 01325 745746
Fax: 01325 745789
This may take some time though – so we advise you to contact them without delay if you need their help.
Alternatively you can contact the National College QTS Team via the following information:
Telephone: 0207 593 5394
Please note: you will need to provide the QTS team with your full name, date of birth and national insurance number to be able to request your TRN.
Passed your Gateway Assessment?
- Access to over 10 years’ experience delivering high-quality NPQH programmes
- Credible, committed and capable facilitators and practising school leaders
- A flexible programme to meet your development needs
- An individual named contact to support you throughout your learning journey
- A dedicated helpline as well as IT support
- Personalised coaching and support
- Up-to-date, practical information
Are you eligible for a fully-funded place?
Funds of £10 million have been set aside by government in order to support teachers and leaders in challenging areas to access the National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) for Middle Leaders (NPQML), Senior Leaders (NPQSL), Headteachers (NPQH) and Executive Leaders (NPQEL).
We are able to offer fully-funded places on the NPQs to those applicants working in a school in an Opportunity Area (OA) or a Category 5 or 6 area. Anyone in these areas who does not already hold the NPQ for which they are applying and has not have previously dropped out before completing it may apply.
Please note that places are limited, so ensure that your application is with us as soon as possible to avoid missing out.
A full list of the eligible areas can be found below:
• Basingstoke and Deane
• Bracknell Forest
• Cannock Chase
• East Lindsey
• Mid Suffolk
• Milton Keynes
• Newark and Sherwood
• North Lincolnshire
• North Warwickshire
• Nuneaton and Bedworth
• South Staffordshire
• St Edmundsbury
• St. Helens
• Staffordshire Moorlands
• Telford and Wrekin
• Wyre Forest
• Amber Valley
• East Cambridgeshire
• East Northamptonshire
• East Riding of Yorkshire
• East Staffordshire
• Forest Heath
• Great Yarmouth
• High Peak
• Isle of Wight
• King’s Lynn and West Norfolk
• Kingston upon Hull, City of
• North East Derbyshire
• North East Lincolnshire
• South Derbyshire
• South Holland
• West Somerset
• Weymouth and Portland
- West Somerset
- North Yorkshire coast
- Fenland and East Cambridgeshire
Please note that applications are now closed for the Spring 2018 intake of NPQH. To register your interest for the next intake, please click the button below.
If you are considering a locally delivered programme for your school or cluster of schools please email us at email@example.com or call 01223 491690.