The revised and updated National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) qualification is for those who are, or are aspiring to become, a Headteacher or Head of School. The course consists of:

  • 30 hours of face-to-face learning
  • Regular sessions with your own coach
  • Self-directed study prior to each face to face session
  • Online learning
  • Work on an in-school development project for an additional minimum two hours a week.
  • A placement in a contrasting school lasting at least nine working days

The Gateway process for applications to be admitted onto the course is open 1st January 2019 to 8th March 2019.

Blackfriars TSA is a delivery partner of Leadership Live. Leadership Live are an accredited provider of the National Professional Qualifications.

All candidates will study six modules:

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

The course includes a 360° diagnostic test. The diagnostic tool is based around the seven leadership behaviours on which you will be focusing during the programme: Commitment; Collaboration; Personal Drive; Resilience; Awareness; Integrity; Respect. It is designed to enable you to collect the views of your colleagues (peers, team members, line managers, governors) so you are able to analyse your specific needs and leadership competency areas to target, using the programme and your leadership in school to develop and extend areas of knowledge, understanding and competence. You will have the opportunity to complete the diagnostic at the start and again at the end of the programme and so judge and reflect on the progress you have made.

Course delivery: Sessions are facilitated by experienced National Leaders of Education, Headteachers and Director of Teaching School with a combination of theoretical and practical knowledge. As well as face-to-face sessions, you will be supported by online learning. The online system will enable you to access all course materials and the final assessment information and track your progress.

Assessment: You will complete two end of course tasks. Participants must:

Task 1

  • Lead a change programme at whole-school level, lasting at least two terms, to improve pupil progress and attainment.
  • Present the plan to the governing board prior to implementation and gather their feedback.
  • Submit a 4,000 word written account of the project for assessment.


Task 2

  • Undertake a placement in a contrasting school, lasting at least 9 working days.
  • Design an action plan to address the schools current or projected resource and capability challenges.
  • Present the plan to the placement school's governing board and gather their feedback.
  • Submit a 2,500 word written account of the project for assessment.
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