National Professional Qualifications for Headship

National Professional Qualifications for Headship

The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) supports the professional development of highly motivated aspiring headteachers and serving headteachers and seeks to develop knowledge and skills to improve pupil progress and attainment.

During the NPQH programme you will develop knowledge and skills across 6 content areas, which set out what an effective headteacher or head of school should know and be able to do:

  • strategy and improvement
  • teaching and curriculum excellence
  • leading with impact
  • working in partnership
  • managing resources and risks
  • increasing capability

The NPQH offers you the opportunity to develop 7 important leadership behaviours, which set out how an effective leader should operate:

  • commitment
  • collaboration
  • personal drive
  • resilience
  • awareness
  • integrity
  • respect



NPQH participants must lead a school change programme, aimed at reducing variation in pupil progress and attainment, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching, as part of their assessment task.

In addition NPQH participants will undertake a placement at a school, in a different context from their own and design an action plan to meet their placement school’s resourcing and capability needs.

The WGLA is working in partnership with the University of Worcester to deliver final assessment at the completion of the NPQH programme. The NPQH will carry ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL) credits that can be put towards a masters programme.


Cohort dates

For dates of the next available cohort visit:


NPQH flyer

Guide to NPQH

Register your interest

Talk to a member of the team if you have any questions about the NPQH, or if you would like to register your interest in a course.

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