The new National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) was launched in Spring 2012 and is provided throughout the region by our exciting new partnership Leadership East. This partnership encompasses outstanding educational establishments from different phases and sectors specifically to deliver the new National College
The Leadership East Partnership
Leadership East is comprised of outstanding educational establishments from a diversity of phases and sectors. This partnership is the sole provider of the new National College Modular Curriculum within the Eastern region. To find out more about Leadership East and how you can join the National College Modular Curriculum please visit www.leadershipeast.org.uk
The National Professional Qualification for Headship
The redesigned NPQH follows a modular curriculum based on Master’s level criteria and focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and attributes of a successful headteacher. To achieve the NPQH qualification, you will need to successfully complete three essential and two elective modules involving extended case studies and related in-school assignments with a stronger focus on leading teaching, behaviour and performance management.
This programme has a modular structure that combines core elements (essential modules) with the freedom to specialise or develop your own professional areas of interest (elective modules).
Each module is made up of approximately:
10 hours of direct face-to-face learning
10 hours of online self study
20 hours school-based project based within the home school
Leading and improving teaching
Leading an effective school
Succeeding in headship
Leading inclusion: achievement for all
Closing the gap
Using data and evidence to improve performance
Leading staff and effective teams
Leading change for improvement
Leading in diverse contexts
School improvement through effective partnerships
Free School leadership
In addition to the modules you will also complete a nine-day placement in another school, which can be spread over a period of time. During the placement you will:
lead on a strategically challenging project
participate in agreed activities alongside the headteacher of your placement school
learn from an effective role model
practice and develop your leadership in a different context
reflect on key leadership behaviours of highly effective leaders and identify how to develop your own leadership
Funding and costs
The gateway application process and final assessment are fully funded by the National College with the exception of those from independent schools, for whom a fee is payable.
NPQH is ideal if you are motivated to be a headteacher and are no more than about 12-18 months from applying for headship posts. You will need to have the full support and endorsement of your headteacher, line manager or sponsor and will have to pass the initial gateway assessment before registering for the programme. Your line manager will also have to commit to playing an active role in your learning, encouraging and promoting your involvement in leadership and other professional development opportunities.