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Alliance-led NPQH

We deliver the National Professional Qualification for Headship through a national alliance of school trusts, teaching school alliances and teaching schools, delivering development tailored to regional and school contexts.

  • Expert designed curriculum, content and resources
  • 18 hours’ minimum of face-to-face training
  • Assessment support
  • Full assessment of your final submission
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New NPQs

New National Professional Qualifications will be available from September 2021.

Find out more here

Why us?

Each NPQ – regardless of level and including the NPQML – covers seven leadership behaviours and six competencies:

Leadership Behaviours

  • Commitment
  • Collaboration
  • Personal drive
  • Resilience
  • Awareness
  • Integrity
  • Respect


  • Strategy and improvement
  • Leading with impact
  • Teaching and curriculum excellence
  • Managing resources and risk
  • Working in partnership
  • Building capacity

To support you in this our NPQML includes as standard:

  • Expert designed curriculum, content and resources
  • 18 hours minimum of face-to-face, facilitated training delivered over at least two terms (but no more than 18 months)
  • Two 360 reviews (at the beginning and end of the programme)
  • Option of a Viva
  • Assessment support and full assessment of your final submission
  • Trained and quality assured facilitators, many of whom are serving school-leaders

Because partners in our alliance can design their programme around our NPQ curriculum to suit the needs of their school(s) and the local context, each Partner’s programme may differ in certain ways:

  • Cohort size
  • Programme duration
  • Programme structure and components
  • Number of hours of each type of study
  • Dates, times and locations of training sessions
  • Eligibility and application process and timelines
  • Fee/cost of programme including assessment
  • Policies

NPQH Project

In order to achieve the NPQH you are required to complete two projects – one in your own school and lasting at least two terms, and the other in a placement school and over the course of nine days - and submit two written assignments for assessment (both within 18 months of starting the programme).

Details regarding the projects and curriculum can be found here.


The NPQH is for aspiring or serving headteachers who are looking to develop in their role.

If you are interested in finding a programme being delivered by an alliance partner in your area, please go to our Regional Partner Directory.

If you wish to apply to join a Partner’s programme please then contact them direct via the details provided there.