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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 government has confirmed that scholarship funding will once again be available from 1st April. Please see 'Funding' below for more information.



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

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

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).


The DfE will fully fund participants who work in a Category 5 or 6 area school, with priority (where necessary) given to those who work in a school in one of the 12 designated 'Opportunity Areas'. Participants from a MAT or diocese which contains a school from a Category 5 or 6 area are eligible to be considered for DfE scholarship funding in relation to their NPQ programme fees. If you do not qualify for scholarship funding please enquire about our bursaries available for a number of criteria. Please get in touch to find out more details at

Yorkshire Leadership Community offers a discount of £300 per participant on any of our courses for those who are not eligible for any other funding.

Learning outcomes and programme structure

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 are now open.

Downloads and links

NPQH Registration Form 2019-20

NPQH Content Areas, Assessment Tasks and Assessment Criteria

Yorkshire Leadership Community Policies