National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

NPQH is for those who are highly motivated to be a headteacher/principal and with support will be ready for headship.

The programme will develop talented leaders from all backgrounds who can deliver educational excellence in a self-improving system, and high quality outcomes for pupils and students.

The first step towards the NPQH is the application stage. This is in two parts. 

The first is a written application supported by your line manager. Details about this can be found on the SELT website

The second stage is a one day assessment event. Should you be successful you will be asked to choose a licensee with whom to complete the development stage. This can take between 9-18 months.

The final award of the NPQH follows the submission of evidence of school improvement activity in your own and a placement school and attendance at a panel interview. 

A diagram of the NPQH journey is available here:  NPQH model


Essential Modules

  • Leading and improving teaching
  • Leading an effective school
  • Succeeding in headship

Elective Modules


  • Curriculum development
  • Leading incusion - achievement for all
  • Closing the gap
  • Using data and evidence to improve performance
  • Leading staff and effective teams
  • Leading change for improvement
  • Leadership in diverse contexts
  • School improvement through effective partnerships

Each module involves up to 50 hours of blended learning, including face-to-face sessions, online learning and a school-based project.

As an LLSE learner you have access to SELTnet's online courses that are facilitated by a highly experienced team of online facilitators.

The support of a 'sponsor' from your school, usually your line manager or Headteacher, is essential to enable you to make the most of the programme.


1. To Apply

The NPQH 1st stage application round for Cohort 6 opens at 10am on the 11th December 2014 and closes at 1pm on 6th February 2015.  Participants  who are successful at the application stage will start work with LLSE in September 2015.

The application is made online through the SELT website, click here to apply when applications open.

LLSE will offer a series of NPQH application workshops to assist you in finding out more about the programme and the application process.

2. Fees

The core fee for the LLSE NPQH is currently £2,434 per person. The price to maintained schools and academies is reduced by the value of a scholarship (currently ranging from £1500 to the full fee depending on the size of your school).

3. Further Information

To find out more about the programme, fees and application process please contact LLSE (Leadership Learning South East) www.llse.org.uk