Alliance-led NPQH

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

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Many of our alliance partners offer the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH).

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

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

Leadership behaviours

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

Competencies

  • 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 NPQH includes as standard:

  • Expert designed curriculum, content and resources
  • A minimum 18 hours’ 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

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.

All information about a Partner’s NPQH can be found via the contact information in our Regional Partner Directory.

Should you wish to apply to join an alliance partner programme please then contact them direct via the details provided there.

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Eligibility

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