National Professional Qualification in Headship

Develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours that you need to be a high-performing Head Teacher.

Course outline

The NPQH consists of 5 Face to Face days and three twilight sessions. The NPQH final assessments are competency based, testing the main competencies that are required for successful Headship. You’ll be  expected to lead a change programme at whole school level lasting at least two terms to improve pupil progress and attainment. You will also research your placement schools resource and capacity challenges and design an action plan to address these.

Who can apply?

You should be, or aspire to be, a Head Teacher or head of school. This includes Head Teachers or Heads of schools with roles across schools, for example, national leaders of education.

Modules to complete

Leading with Impact 

Increasing capability and leading for improvement 

Improving teaching, curriculum and processes 

Manging resources, risks and new initiatives 

Partnership working and developing system leadership

Choose two elective twilights from; Improving outcomes for white working class boys, leadership of a faith school, managing finances effectively and improving outcomes in other schools.

NPQH 200 guided learning hours -  42 face to face hours, 72 placement school hours, 12 hours self-study professional tasks, 12 hours coaching, 12 hours engagement with online learning platform, 50 hours workplace learning improvement project.


£1650 +VAT (TELA members receive a 30% discount on all NPQs)

*Scholarship funding—Funding is available to support teachers and leaders working in opportunity areas and category 5 and 6 areas to take the new NPQs. These areas include parts of Leicester City, Derby/shire, Nottingham/shire, Stoke and others.



You must have your Head Teachers full support to apply for NPQs.  

Full information, including dates are on our flyer and NPQH application form are below. Once your NPQH application  is received we will send you the Gateway application form which will need completing by you and your sponsor.

Information flyer & application form


Register your early interest

Or call us on 01455 283263 ext 3205

(Jo Ravenhill, Teaching School Administrator)

Thomas Estley Learning Alliance (TELA) are proud to be one of only 41 nationally accredited providers of NPQs. 

Find out what makes our courses special by registering your interest now.