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NPQ Headship (NPQH)

Programme Overview:

Participants will develop the knowledge that underpins expert school leadership and apply it to become an expert headteacher. 


On this programme, you will learn how to:

  • Set clear goals and communicate shared values that improve classroom and school culture.
  • Lead effective implementation in educational settings.
  • Lead effective professional development to improve practice and outcomes for pupils.
  • Support colleagues to meet individual needs and make sure all pupils have access to a rich curriculum.
  • Lead school-wide professional development for staff.
  • Establish good financial, human and educational resource management.
  • Make and act on evidence-informed decisions.
  • Work well with parents, carers, other schools and the wider community.
  • Lead by example, be accountable for decisions and make sure staff know their professional responsibilities.

See the NPQH framework for further details.  

How you will learn:

The content is delivered through blended learning comprising in-person, real-time, interactive online sessions and self-guided modules you complete in your own time.  Over the 18-month course duration, you will attend / complete:

  • 2 x 6hr conferences - one launch conference and a second midway through the programme (in-person).
  • 9 x courses - each course is 6 weeks in length and comprises 6 modules.  You will complete 1 module (50mins) per week.  
  • 1 x school visit (in-person).
  • 7 x 2hr facilitated twilight clinics (online).
  • 5 x 1hr 15mins communities - peer-led group sessions (online or in-person).
  • 1 x 2hr assessment clinic (in-person).
  • Final assessment - written response to a case study to be completed within an 8-day window.

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To apply, you must be or aspire to be a headteacher or head of school with a responsibility for leading a school.


You will learn crucial skills and sector knowledge, learning that 'sticks' and will be able to thrive in your school setting. 

Your school will benefit from the creation of a confident school leader, shared knowledge and the transformation of pupil outcomes. 


NPQ scholarship funding has changed. Visit the DfE website for more details and to check eligibility status.

If you do not work in an eligible school, this NPQ will cost £1949 plus VAT. 


Our next cohort commences in Autumn 2024. To register your interest, please complete the registration form below and we'll be in touch with you shortly.

Register Your Interest Here

Useful Links:

Click on the image opposite to download a copy of our programme guide. 


Contact us for more information or guidance about this NPQ programme.