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NPQ for Headship

9 May 2022 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

The new leadership frameworks seek to map out what best practice means for school leadership, in a move that takes these NPQs away from a more generic approach to leadership.

Leadership professional development has often focused on personal traits, such as the qualities of dynamic and charismatic leadership. The reformed NPQs pay less attention to generic management and leadership styles. They pay more attention to the knowledge and skills that school leaders need to tackle the persistent problems of their daily roles.

The NPQH is organised around ten areas of leadership that are all specific to the school context. The areas attend to both the specialist areas of school leadership like ‘curriculum and assessment’ and approaches to school improvement like ‘professional development’. This means every part of the reformed NPQs is as relevant to schools as possible.

The ten leadership areas covered by the frameworks are:

·         Culture

·         Teaching

·         Curriculum and assessment

·         Behaviour

·         Additional and special educational needs and disabilities

·         Professional development

·         Organisational management

·         Implementation

·         Working in partnership

·         Governance and accountability

The frameworks for senior leadership, headship and executive leadership all cover these same ten areas. This commonality provides the ‘golden thread’ of learning by which a school leader can continue developing their knowledge and expertise as they move through their career.


Dates of the February Cohort 

NPQH February Cohort (18 months) Face to Face Training Live Webinar
Block 1 – Leading Improvement Monday 9th May 2022
8:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday 25th May 2022
Block 2 – Leading Culture/Behaviour Across School Wednesday 6th July 2022
8:30am – 2:30pm
Tuesday 12th July 2022
Block 3 – Developing Rigorous Organisational Management/Governance Tuesday 10th January 2023
8:30am – 2:30pm
Thursday 26th January 2023
Block 4 – Ensuring Effective Teaching/Curriculum/Assessment Across School Wednesday 26th April 2023
8:30am – 2:30pm
Monday 19th June 2023
Course Facilitators: Lorraine Tonks, Chetwynd Spencer Academy and Lisa Harrison, the Spencer TSH


How to Apply

Teachers and leaders can now apply through the DfE Portal. Spencer Teaching School Hub is working with Education Development Trust to offer this qualification. We have two cohorts for the academic year 2021-2022. We are also collecting expression of interest for our Autumn cohort, including for the new Leading Literacy and Leading in the Early Years NPQs due to start from October 2022.


9 May 2022
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Lisa Wilshere
0115 9170100
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