National Professional Qualification for Headship


Our NPQH is a unique and integrated course which not only focuses on the key skills needed for headship but is also informed by both national and international theory and practice. It's a high bar that will challenge and develop talented leaders from all backgrounds to deliver educational excellence.


This is a unique programme being delivered in full partnership with the University of Nottingham’s School of Education which could lead directly on to a MA in Educational Leadership and Management if you wish to continue your studies beyond NPQH. The University of Nottingham is a member of the elite Russell Group with one of the top research departments of education both nationally and internationally.


Our Programme

Our programme is delivered though a blended learning approach; a combination of face to face days, on-line learning , school experience, and self – directed study. As a competency based programme there is a focus throughout on the development of skills and understanding alongside leadership behaviours. Whilst on the programme day-to-day leadership development in your current school will allow you to:


  • Lead on a strategically challenging project
  • Engage in challenge and support from your coach and/or head teacher
  • Integrate new learning into your leadership practice
  • Develop those leadership behaviours identified through the 360 diagnostic
  • Negotiate and tackle specific whole team/school improvement priorities


Those not currently working in a school will undertake these activities in the school(s) that they have identified, and who have committed to support them.


The course duration is 12 months, including the 9 day placement in a contrasting school, with an expectation that participants go for final assessment within 12-18 months from induction.



Use of a Leadership Diagnostic

All participants are required to complete a 360 leadership review based around key leadership behaviours. This enables participants to use feedback from peers, those they report to and those that report to them, to celebrate strengths and identify areas for development. Ideally, this review is completed prior to induction. At induction, coaches and participants consider how best to develop identified areas. We encourage the review to be redone at the end of the programme.



Face-to-Face Days

Facilitators, themselves excellent and inspiring leaders, quickly get to know you and your learning needs, following you through from induction to final assessment. Participants attend 10 face to face training days including induction and focussed school improvement days.



Final Assessment

In order to gain the NPQH qualification, participants are required to complete an assessment task in their own school.



Masters Credits

Our Leadership courses have been designed by, and are co-delivered with, the University of Nottingham. Participants on our programmes can gain exemption from up to two Masters modules of the University of Nottingham’s MA Educational Leadership and Management degree.




£1950 All charges include final assessment fees.

If you are a member of one of our partner or teaching school alliance schools, or making multiple bookings on behalf of a MAT or other cluster of schools, you may be eligible for up to a 10% discount.



Application Process


NOW - book your place with us onto NPQH. Read the guidance for, and look at the application form, to apply to be accepted onto NPQH. This process is called Gateway Assessment.

At this stage you can also send us your completed Initial Booking Form which we will hold onto until you successfully pass the Gateway Assessment. 



13th September 2018, 4pm – 6pm at George Spencer Academy - Attend 'How to write a successful NPQH Gateway Assessment application' event. This event will help you to review the application form and look at past example applications.


Book NOW – to book your place on this event please complete and return the booking form to 



Previous Attendees Said:

"The event completely met my needs."

"The delivery by very approachable and knowledge providers was excellent! Thank you."
"Good to have staff to talk to, to discuss each aspect of the application form and put this stage in context."
"Chance to discuss the examples in my application...the overview of the whole process."
"Detailed support through each section of application and opportunity to look at other successful applications."
"I now know what to expect of the application, assessment and NPQH year. Thanks...and I will be applying to you."

12pm on 28th September 2018 - deadline for Gateway Assessment application to be sent to us –

We will forward it to our Gateway Assessment Provider. You should receive acknowledgement from us that we have received your application - if you do not please ring us to confirm. We cannot be held responsible for applications that do not appear in our email inbox.


22nd October 2018 - all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their Gateway Assessment application. Borderline applicants may be required to attend a face to face interview.


TBC - Borderline applicants to attend a face to face interview – venue TBC


8th November 2018 - Induction Day


To reserve a place on this intake, please contact us to complete an initial booking form. Once you are successful at Gateway Assessment, we will ask you to complete the final stages of the booking process to confirm your place on the NPQH programme.



Closing Date

Closing date for bookings on to this course is 12pm on 28th September 2018.



Contact Us

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Course Information (PDF)

Application Form


What Current Participants are Saying:

  • "I gained a lot from the course and my placement school. Having previously done leading from the middle and leadership pathways, I found the course at George Spencer the best run, most challenging and fun."
    Liz Runcorn Vice Principal, Anglesey Primary Academy
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