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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). 



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.

The programme consists of 4 face to face days and online learning. All our face-to-face sessions are held at Harrogate Grammar School. (changes likely due to Covid restrictions)

The scheduled dates are as follows:

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

Applications for the November cohort are now closed. Please apply to 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

Please note that these dates are subject to change due to the current uncertain times.


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


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. This is to allow the DfE to fully assess demand against available funding for those who have already applied.

If you started your course prior to 24 July 2020, you will receive funding for the full course fee if you continue to meet the eligibility criteria below and have not previously been enrolled on an NPQ course of the same level.

The DfE is now working with providers to understand what funding can be made available for eligible participants who registered for a future course before 24 July 2020. It is doing this as quickly as possible. In the meantime, your chosen NPQ provider is best placed to confirm the position with you in respect of your course, financial arrangements, and their specific terms and conditions.

Eligibility for funding required a teacher or school leader to be working in opportunity areas or areas defined in Achieving excellence areas as categories 5 and 6, or employed at a school which is subject to the oversight of a multi-academy trust or diocese which also includes other schools in those areas.

Access to funding remains conditional on successful verification of participants’ registration information against the database of qualified teachers (DQT), so you must ensure that the information supplied to your NPQ provider matches your DQT record. You can check and update your DQT record via the Teaching Regulation Agency.

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

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
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

How to apply

Download the application form below

Email the completed application form to

Applications for our November cohort closed on 1st October 2020.

Downloads and links

NPQH Registration Form 2020

NPQH Content Areas, Assessment Tasks and Assessment Criteria

Yorkshire Leadership Community Policies