The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is the first choice qualification for anyone aspiring to be a Headteacher. Following a significant review, NPQH has been redesigned.
The qualification not only focuses on the key skills needed for Headship, but also meets the highest standards for leadership development anywhere in the world. NPQH is a high bar that will challenge and develop talented leaders from all backgrounds to deliver educational excellence in a self-improving system, and high quality outcomes for pupils and students.
NPQH is for individuals who are, or are aspiring to become, a Headteacher or head of school with the intention of applying for a headship within 18 months of commencing the qualification. Click the link to see the overview video.
Contact us if you are not sure if you are eligible for this qualification.
Registration for Autumn 2018 has been extended and will now close on 16th September 2018.
Applicants completing their programme application are asked to identify whether they have been recommended by a delivery partner. Please select West Herts Teaching School from the drop down list and then enter our 'Partner Allocation Code'.
Partner Allocation Code- WHTS
View our step-by-step process for application
NPQH Application Guidance
NPQH Sponsor Guidance
Watch our NPQH: Submitting a Successful Application online briefing, aimed at supporting prospective trainee heads with their gateway application. View the recording
NPHQ Gateway Application
Please use the above link to register, and an application form will be sent to you.
NPQH is delivered at high quality venues throughout the East.
Please see below for fees
The qualification is assessed and accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and consists of a flexible, modular structure that combines core modules with the freedom to specialise and to develop your own professional areas of interest through the choice of elective modules. Modules cover three learning areas:
All modules focus on improving the effectiveness of leadership practice and consist of workplace learning and practice activities; face-to-face workshops and online learning. Candidates will have the opportunity to:
Activities within modules have been designed to stimulate and challenge thinking, build knowledge, skills and expertise, and promote change and improvement in leadership behaviours, capability and capacity.
Trainee Heads are expected to complete the qualification within a 12 month period. During this time you will:
* Online courses take around 15 hours and cover a four week period. The courses are facilitated by sector experts and provide a structured pathway through the module resources. Course activities are completed collaboratively helping enhance comprehension and application
The assessment criteria will be used to judge whether trainee Headteachers are ready for Headship. The criteria will be drawn from the NPQH competency framework. The final assessment process will comprise three assessed tasks and a final presentation/interview:
Independent / Overseas Schools
£2250 + assessment fees
* Final assessment activity will be funded for all candidates from English state-maintained schools and academies.
If your school alliance has at least 10 staff that you wish to register for NPQH then we can set up a bespoke group for you. This will provide you with the benefit of using your own facilities for face to face training and determining the dates and delivery model (twilights, school holidays, half-days etc).
A collaborative group will also bring a financial benefit as the candidate fees can be reduced to reflect the number of candidates and any savings made by using your school’s facilities.
For more information, please contact us on 0117 9209 4260117 9209 426 or email the team.