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National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

Who is NPQH for?

NPQH is for those who are, or are aspiring to become, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school. This includes those who are, or are aspiring to be, a head or head of school with cross-school responsibilities e.g. a National Leader of Education (NLE).

What you will learn on NPQH?

Each NPQ course features the same 6 content areas as below, however the knowledge and skills within a content area increases in sophistication, depth and breadth progressively through each of the NPQ levels.

Strategy & ImprovementTeaching and Curriculum ExcellenceLeading with Impact
Working in Partnership
Managing Resources and Risks
Increasing Capability
Anticipate changes in the external and strategic environment. Develop an evidence-based organisational strategy, in collaboration with the governing board. Lead a successful whole-school change programme.Lead and grow excellent teaching in a school. Support pupils of all backgrounds, abilities and particular needs in the school to achieve high standards, including Pupil Premium, SEND, EAL or the most able pupils. Systematically review the cumulative impact of initiatives on teacher workload and make proportionate and pragmatic demands on staff.Distribute responsibility and accountability throughout the school to improve performance. Be an inspiring leader in a range of different situations. Communicate and negotiate with different people effectively to make progress on objectives..Use different models of partnership working to improve educational provision, sustain a culture of mutual challenge and learn from others (including parents/carers, the wider community and other organisation). Lead an effective partnership which brings benefits to the school and wider education system, particularly in their school’s area(s) of expertise or specialism.Balance a school’s strategic or educational priorities with financial efficiency. Implement accountability arrangements to manage resources and risks effectively and in line with statutory requirements (where applicable, fulfilling the Accounting Officer role as defined in the Academies Financial Handbook).Hold all staff to account for performance using performance management, appraisal, misconduct and grievance systems. Create and sustain an environment where all staff are encouraged to develop their own knowledge and skills, and support each other. Anticipate capability requirements or gaps in the school and design strategies to fill them..

Programme Delivery

NPQH is delivered over the course of at least two academic terms, ensuring that participants are afforded sufficient time and development opportunities to successfully meet the assessment criteria. This will include the equivalent of a minimum of 6 days face-to-face sessions out of school, online study and 9 days for a school placement, delivered by experienced school leaders. A total of 175 hours is required.

Leadership Behaviours

In addition to learning about the 6 content areas, as part of the NPQH, participants are required to evaluate their strengths in each of the following seven behaviours at the beginning of their NPQ, and plan how they will develop these during their study programme. Descriptors of the behaviours are as follows:-

Commitment
Collaboration
Personal Drive
Resilience
Awareness
Integrity
Respect
The best leaders are self-motivated and take a creative, problem-solving approach to new challenge.The best leaders readily engage with, and invest responsibility in, those who are best placed to improve outcomes.The best leaders are self-motivated and take a creative, problem-solving approach to new challenge.The best leaders remain courageous and positive in challenging, adverse or uncertain circumstances.The best leaders will know themselves and their teams, continually reflect on their own and others’ practices, and understand how best to approach difficult or sensitive issues.The best leaders act with honesty, transparency and always in the interests of the school and its pupils.The best leaders their respect the rights, views, beliefs and faiths of pupils, colleagues and stakeholders.

NPQH Assessment

The assessment requirements outlined below is applicable to participants starting their NPQH study programme in 2020-21.

NPQH comprises 2 assessment tasks.

Task 1 – participants must:

Lead change programme at whole-school level, lasting at least 2 terms, to improve pupil progress and attainment.

Present the plan to the Governing board prior to implementation, and gather their feedback

Submit a written account of the project to the provider for assessment, which aims to evidence the criteria indicated. This should cover the design, implementation and evaluation of the programme.

Submit supporting documents/material as evidence where indicated below. Supporting evidence must be concise and directly related to the candidate’s project and corresponding assessment criterion.

Not exceed a total word count of 4,000 words, excluding supporting documents or annexes

Task 2 – participants must:

Undertake a placement in a contrasting school (for example, by performance, pupil profile, geography etc.), lasting at least 9 working days.

Research the placement school's current and/or projected resource and capability challenges, and design an action plan to address these.

Present the plan to the placement school's governing board and gather their feedback.

Submit a written account of the project to the provider for assessment, which aims to evidence the criteria indicated

Submit supporting documents/material as evidence where indicated below. Supporting evidence must be concise and directly related to the candidate’s project and corresponding assessment criterion.

Not exceed a total word count of 2,500 words, excluding supporting documents or annexes

Assessment Content Areas
Part APart B
• Strategy and Improvement
• Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
• Leading with Impact
• Working in Partnership
• Managing Resources and Risks
• Increasing Capability

Programme Cost

The current cost of NPQSL with Leading Learning Forward TSA and The Humber Teaching School, for courses starting in October 2020, is £1699 which covers the cost of:

  • course materials and resources
  • course presentations and face-to-face sessions
  • online learning and support
  • lunch and refreshments
  • one assessment submission.

NB: Any participant failing to adhere to the assessment requirements may be liable for the cost of re-submission.

Eligibility for DfE Scholarship Funding

NB: DfE Scholarship Funding for 2020-2021 NPQ courses at all levels, is no longer available.

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