Who is it for?

NPQH is designed for those who are, or are aspiring to become in the near future, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school, including a head or head of school with cross-school responsibilities, for example a National Leader of Education. If you are not sure about your suitability for the programme, please contact us and we will assist you.

The programme requires 4 full days out of school, in addition to 9 days spent working in a placement school.

You can apply for this programme by completing this online form. Your application is made directly to NETSP with no gateway process.

The price for participants from maintained schools is £1850. NETSP is applying for Department for Education funding for all eligible participants.

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You will complete two projects for the assessment of NPQEL. You will produce a separate written account of each project as part of a single portfolio. This should cover the design, implementation and evaluation of the projects.

Once submitted, your work will be assessed against the DfE criteria for the award of NPQEL

Project 1

  • Design a sustainable business development strategy for your organisation, analysing the benefits, costs and risks of different options (for example, growth and stabilisation).
  • Present your chosen strategy to their governing board/board of trustees, record it, answer questions, and gather its feedback. The recording will also be submitted to NETSP.

Project 2

  • Lead a project to improve progress and attainment in several schools. The precise focus of the project should be negotiated and agreed with representatives of the relevant schools.
  • Present your plans to a group of relevant stakeholders (for example, the relevant governing boards, teachers and community representatives), record it, answer questions and gather their feedback.

We are currently exploring a flexible and credit based approach to developing your study into a recognised award from Newcastle University. This is under review but we will have further information in Summer 2019.


Blended Learning

Our curriculum model incorporates a range of different types of study.

◆ Workplace Learning ◆ Face-to-face CPD ◆ Structured Reflection ◆ Online Learning ◆ 360° Diagnostic Tool ◆ High Quality Resources Designed for Executive Leaders ◆

Leadership Behaviours

We have designed the programme to help you develop the following leadership behaviours.

◆ Commitment ◆ Personal Drive ◆ Collaboration ◆ Resilience ◆ Awareness ◆ Integrity ◆ Respect ◆

Content Areas

The programme covers the following content areas appropriate to Executive leadership:

◆ Strategy and Improvement ◆ Teaching and Curriculum Excellence ◆ Leading with Impact ◆ Working in Partnership ◆ Managing ◆ Resources and Risks ◆ Increasing Capability ◆

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