National Professional Qualification

for Headship

Express an interest in an Autumn 2017 start 

Who is it for?

NPQH is designed for those who are, or are aspiring to become, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school, including a head or head of school with cross-school responsibilities, for example a National Leader of Education.

If you are not sure about your suitability for the programme, please contact us and we will assist you.

You can express an interest in this programme by completing this online form. Once the application process is open we will contact you. Your application will be made directly to NETSP with no gateway process.

The price for participants from maintained schools is £1850.

We anticipate that the first cohort of this programme will begin in Autumn 2017.

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Blended Learning

Our curriculum model incorporates a range of different types of study.

 Workplace Learning   NETSP Coach   Face-to-face CPD   Structured Reflection   Online Learning   360° Diagnostic Tool   High Quality Resources

Leadership Behaviours

We cover the leadership behaviours which set out how the best school leaders operate.

 Commitment   Personal Drive   Collaboration   Resilience   Awareness   Integrity   Respect 

Content Areas

We cover the content areas which set out what a school leader should know or be able to do.

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


NPQH assessment comprises two projects which are submitted as a portfolio. You will present the plan for each project to the school's governing body prior to implementation, and gather their feedback. You will then submit a written account of each project in a single portfolio to NETSP for assessment.

Once submitted, your work will be assessed against the DfE criteria for the award of your NPQH.

Project 1

  • Lead change at a whole-school level, lasting at least 2 terms, to improve pupil progress and attainment.

Project 2

  • Undertake a placement in a contrasting school (for example, by performance, pupil profile, geography etc.), lasting at least 9 working days.
  • Research the placement school's current and/or projected resource and capability challenges, and design an action plan to address these.

We are currently exploring a flexible and credit based approach to developing your study into a recognised award from Newcastle University. This is under review but we will have further information in September 2017.

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Placements and Coaching

For Project 2 you will undertake a placement in a school. NETSP can provide contacts to help you to arrange this, or you may select another school subject to our approval.

All NPQH participants are entitled to 5 hours' free coaching from a NETSP coach. Your NETSP coach will be . This facilitates critical reflection on and in practice and will encourage you to maintain a balance between theoretical understanding and practical expertise. Once we put you in touch, you can schedule your hours to suit you.

"My NETSP coach has been a fantastic help! She has coached me through, asked relevant questions and challenged me to be reflective."

- NPQH Participant

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North East Teaching Schools Partnership

Inspiring Outstanding School Leadership

School of Education, Communication and Languages Sciences, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU
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