Future Leaders with NPQH

Join our developmental Future Leaders programme to become a headteacher within three years and gain the expertise required to prepare for leadership success.

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Applications are now open for our Future Leaders programme. You can apply using our application portal.

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What you’ll learn:

  • The skills and knowledge required to step up to headship and lead a school facing challenging contexts
  • Insights on how to help close the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils.
  • A range of leadership models and skills with mentoring from an experienced headteacher.
  • The latest leadership issues so you’re prepared for a wide range of school leadership challenges.

How you’ll learn: 

  • Evidence-informed leadership development training, starting with a comprehensive summer residential.
  • Three weekends of learning with the whole cohort at national locations.
  • Six one-to-one sessions with leadership coaches, who also provide ongoing support.

Future Leaders includes the option to complete a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). In order to achieve the NPQH you will be required to complete two projects:

  • The first project must take place in your school and last for at least two terms (this will already be a key part of the Future Leaders programme).
  • The second project is located in a placement school over the course of nine days and requires you to submit two written submissions for assessment (within 18 months of starting the programme).

There is an additional cost of £150 to complete the NPQH. You will join a cohort of 100 senior leaders keen to develop their expertise. 

Study required to achieve the NPQH is included in the programme model. Details regarding the projects and curriculum can be found here.

Find our performance against nationally set NPQ metrics here

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Evidence learning
You’ll be better able to evidence pupil learning and demonstrate whole-school impact linked to Ofsted criteria, whilst raising attainment.

Access support
Join 14,000 committed, like-minded school leaders, from over 2,800 schools, forming a powerful peer group.

Build knowledge and skills
You’ll visit other schools to help you learn from the best and change yours for the better, preparing you to become an exceptional headteacher.

Prepare for headship
Get the evidence you need to demonstrate credibility when you apply to become a headteacher. Four out of five Future Leaders say they reached their current position faster as a result of the programme.

"One of my greatest supports is the network I have gained through Future Leaders. It has allowed me to share my issues confidentially and have an objective audience to go to for advice and support."
Jennifer, Assistant Head, Blackburn Central High School

The course costs £3,000 per person, with £1,500 due each year. The rest of the cost is covered by the Department for Education.

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Applications are open now. You can apply using our application portal. If you have any questions about the programme you can also book a meeting with our applicants team using Calendly.

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School leaders are selected based on their proven track record of making a positive impact and a commitment to leading in schools in disadvantaged areas. 

To apply, you must be either: 

  • A secondary school deputy head 
  • A primary school deputy or assistant head 
  • A secondary school assistant head, with a role equivalent to that of a deputy head.