NPQH – National Professional Qualification for Headship
We have partnered with UCL IoE through their national Alliance to deliver National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).
UCL IoE are the NPQ licence holder and are accountable for all NPQ provision under the terms of their licence, including that provided by us as a member of this Alliance. As a provider of NPQs through this Alliance, we work closely with UCL IoE to ensure that we meet all of the necessary requirements and metrics as set out by the Department for Education and as per the terms of UCL IoE’s licence. This is to ensure the quality and consistency of these qualifications at a national level.
This NPQH programme has been developed collaboratively between school leaders, UCL teaching staff and researchers and is built upon high-quality leadership practice, evidence and research. It is a varied programme of study that enables participants to self-reflect and apply their learning in their own context.
Participants will receive learning journals to support each of their development days and be supported by online resources, 360 degree diagnostic survey, coaching, workplace learning, peer and facilitated learning.
The NPQH programme consists of the following modules:
Module 1: Programme Induction;
Module 2: Succeeding in Headship;
Module 3: Leading Learning and Teaching
Module 4: Leading with Impact;
Module 5: Leading Effective Partnerships;
Module 6: Leading Strategically.
The main focus of this programme is to ensure all participants increase their confidence and capability in the core skills and responsibilities of an effective school leader.
The course will empower participants to develop a strong network to support them as Headteachers.
Participants will be assessed through a written assignment to ensure they have reached the qualification requirements, plus a viva interview to assess them against the more challenging Ambition bar.
The programme comprises a series of training sessions, along with pre and post-reading, a nine-day school placement and an in-school impact project.
The NPQH curriculum covers 6 competency areas
This programme is suitable for those currently in Headship roles and Deputy heads who are aspiring to headship and meet the following eligibility criteria:
You will probably be in a headship role in the next 12-18 months
You will have completed at least one year at a deputy head level
As this programme is for those whose next step is headship, eligibility is limited to deputy and associate Headteachers in secondary settings, and deputy, associate and assistant heads in primary. Assistant heads in secondary whose role is commensurate to that of a deputy head are also eligible
You will have evidence of having made substantial positive impact on a school
In order for both aspiring and serving Headteachers to receive their qualification, they will need to complete the project element of this qualification successfully. This is in two parts:
Lead a change programme at whole-school level, lasting at least two terms, to improve pupil progress and attainment. They will need to present the plan to their governing board prior to implementation, and gather their feedback.
Undertake a placement in a contrasting school (for example, by performance, pupil profile, geography), lasting at least nine working days. Therefore, it is essential that the school understands the level of support they will need to put in place when they are placing participants on the programme.
Audience: Deputy Headteachers
Cohort size: Maximum 10 people per cohort
Venue: Online sessions