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National Professional Qualification for Headship

Yorkshire Leadership Community are accredited providers of the National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) accredited by the Department of Education (DfE). 

 

Overview

The Department for Education's National Professional Qualification for Headship is for senior leaders (primary, secondary, special or other settings) aspiring to headship, or for those already in post wanting to consolidate their experience with collaborative, theoretical and practical research, application and reflection. 

 

Who is it for?

Participants must:

  • be highly motivated to be a headteacher, no more than 12-18 months from applying for headship posts and ready to take up a headship as soon as they complete the programme.
  • have the full support and endorsement of their headteacher or line manager. Their line manager will also have to commit to playing an active role in their learning, and encourage and promote their involvement in leadership and other professional development opportunities.
  • have discussed with their headteacher or line manager the requirements of the programme in terms of the tasks that will need to be completed in order to attain the qualification (see 'NPQH Content Areas, Assessment Tasks and Assessment Criteria' below)

November 2020 and March 2021 Cohorts

Please see the 'How to Apply' section below if you are interested in joining one of our future cohorts.

Our programmes are delivered through a blended learning model, typically centred around 4 face-to-face days.  Due to social distancing guidelines, our face-to-face sessions have currently been redesigned and are currently being delivered online through facilitated synchronous and asynchronous online modules.  We intend to return to face-to-face delivery as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.  Where possible we will use the dates set out below:

November 2020 Cohort - Applications closed
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
4th November 2020 9th March 2021 9th June 2021 14th October 2021

Please apply for the March 2021 cohort using the form at the bottom of the page.

March 2021 Cohort
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
17th March 2021 22nd June 2021 7th October 2021 9th February 2022

Cost

The full programme is available at a cost of only £1950 per participant (inclusive of one assessment submission). 

YLC are currently offering a limited number of places with a £300 discount per participant, please enquire for details.

Funding

There has been high demand from teachers and school leaders to access NPQ scholarships in recent months. As a result, access to Department for Education (DfE) scholarships for new applicants for NPQs is currently suspended.

Updates will be provided should the DfE scholarship position change and we will make contact if you could be scholarship eligible.

Learning outcomes and programme structure (This may change due to Covid restrictions)

Our programmes are delivered through a blended learning model, typically centred around 4 face-to-face days, designed and delivered by experienced school leaders and education specialists with proven track records and expertise.  The face-to-face days are complemented by peer engagement and coaching, online learning, self-study and individual research, alongside intersessional school-based tasks to develop the leadership knowledge and skills that will ensure participants can successful meet the assessment criteria.

The NPQH qualification covers 6 content areas which set out the knowledge and skills that a headteacher should know or be able to do:

  • Strategy & Improvement
  • Teaching & Curriculum Excellence
  • Leading with Impact
  • Working in partnership
  • Managing Resources & Risks
  • Increasing Capacity

 Additionally, participants will develop their strengths in each of the following seven leadership behaviours:

Leadership behaviours

Commitment

The best leaders are committed to their pupils and understand the power of world-class teaching to improve social mobility, wellbeing and productivity

Collaboration

The best leaders readily engage with, and invest responsibility in, those who are best placed to improve outcomes

Personal Drive

The best leaders are self-motivated and take a creative, problem-solving approach to new challenges

Resilience

The best leaders remain courageous and positive in challenging, adverse or uncertain circumstances

Awareness

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

Integrity

The best leaders act with honesty, transparency and always in the interests of the school and its pupils

Respect

The best leaders their respect the rights, views, beliefs and faiths of pupils, colleagues and stakeholders

Learning outcomes Programme structure
  • Consider their values and vision for education


  • Develop a range of knowledge and skills to support and strengthen leadership in their current role and help prepare for next step promotion


  • Engaged in action learning and up-to-date, evidence-based research in order to secure a positive impact on the education and outcomes of students in their and other settings


  • National recognition of their CPD as the course is accredited by the Department for Education


  • A pathway for credit transfer into a University of Leeds Masters or Doctor of Education degree
Component Hours
School based coaching/ mentoring 6
Face-to-face days
Peer coaching 4
Peer engagement 20
Expert input 6
Online
Peer engagement 20
Expert input 20
Research/online learning 10
Individual/ School-based learning 40
School Placement 54

The online community also provides:

  • access to the YLC helpdesk
  • support/ guidance on engagement
  • an interface with facilitators additional to face-to-face days/ online resources
  • optional online courses

Assessment

Participants must undertake two assessment tasks. 

Task 1 – participants must lead a change programme at whole-school level, lasting at least 2 terms to improve pupil progress and attainment.  They must present the plan to the Governing Board prior to implementation and gather their feedback.

A written account of the project covering the design, implementation and evaluation must then be submitted for assessment (4,000 words).  Concise supporting documents as evidence must be submitted in accordance with the assessment criterion.  The submission, along with any supporting evidence, will be assessed in accordance with the DfE NPQ Mark Scheme and be subject to national moderation.

Task 2 – participants must undertake a placement in a contrasting school ( such as by performance, pupil profile, geography) lasting at least 9 working days.  Participants should research the placement school’s current and/or projected resource and capability challenges and design an action plan to address these.  They must present the plan to the placement school’s governing board and gather their feedback.

A written account of the project must then be submitted for assessment (2,500 words).  Concise supporting documents as evidence must be submitted in accordance with the assessment criterion.  The submission, along with any supporting evidence, will be assessed in accordance with the DfE NPQ Mark Scheme and be subject to national moderation.

How to apply

Download the application form below

Email the completed application form to info@yorksleadership.co.uk

Downloads and links

NPQH Registration Form 2020

NPQH Content Areas, Assessment Tasks and Assessment Criteria

Yorkshire Leadership Community Policies

NPQH

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