National Professional Qualifications


We’re really excited to introduce NPQ in Headship (NPQH).

Who is it for?

School leaders who are, or are aspiring to be, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school.

What will the programme members learn?

This 21-month programme (18 months’ delivery and three months for assessment, with flexibility to extend by up to six months for teachers new to the role of headship) consists of a series of modules based on the DfE’s NPQ frameworks. Each module cycle features: 

  • evidence-based online content to refresh and build knowledge, as well as exemplify what this looks like for your role and level of leadership
  • a formative assessment task to support your learning
  • a face-to-face seminar with a group of peers, facilitated by a serving school leader– you’ll analyse and reflect on the task and hear further examples of good practice
  • the opportunity to record reflections and consolidate learning

This cycle repeats throughout the programme, with implementation a consideration in every module. Towards the end of the programme, you’ll also take a module focused specifically on effective implementation. This provides an opportunity to plan a strategic improvement, focused on your context and pupils. There will be ongoing support through a seminar group and discussion forum.

What will I learn?

You’ll develop expertise in the knowledge, skills and concepts for areas of whole school responsibility related to your role as an aspiring or current headteacher. These include curriculum and assessment, professional development and governance and accountability. Our content is informed by the best and most recent evidence, and is developed with input from school leaders and subject matter experts. Our programmes have a practical focus. You’ll be supported to make small but important changes to your and others’ practice throughout the programme. This will conclude with the implementation of a significant but manageable change project as part of your role.

What are the objectives and the content of the NPQH programme?

This programme will help you to:

  • develop as a leader with whole-school responsibility
  • access content across a breadth of areas such as school culture, curriculum and assessment, and organisational management
  • be supported to effectively implement change and improvement in an area you identify as a school priority

Modules include:

  • School culture
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Behaviour
  • Additional and special needs
  • Professional development
  • Organisational management
  • Implementation
  • Working in partnership
  • Governance and accountability

 What are the NPQH programme benefits?

Deliver meaningful change in your school

Get the tools to establish and – more importantly— sustain your school’s strategic direction. Learn how to create an effective school culture and align your staff in your school’s mission. 

Access free ongoing support for your first year of headship 

Get additional support tailored to the needs of new headteachers. Receive structured, unassessed, face-to-face support from an experienced former headteacher who will offer guidance and coaching to help you get the most out of your training. 

Join a network of like-minded leaders 

Become part of a community of school heads who share a passion for addressing educational disadvantage. Build valuable connections with other headteachers and senior school leaders from across the country and learn how they faced and overcame similar challenges.

The NPQH covers a whole range of issues which are crucial to consider when leading a school. Embarking on the NPQH has afforded me the opportunity to work with colleagues from other schools and discuss a plethora of hypothetical situations as well as to share our own real-life experiences. The course is designed following a blended learning approach, with activities to complete before and after the live seminars which maximises the benefits of the time during the sessions. The NPQH has challenged me to think about what school leadership is all about and gives reflection time to develop your own leadership traits. If you are already a senior leader and feel ready for the next stage of your career, then the NPQH is for you!” 

Delivery model, duration and programme breakdown

The NPQH is delivered using a blend of online ‘live’ seminars, flexible online learning and face-to-face conferences.

Cost and funding

For further information on cost and funding, please visit our NPQ Funding Information page. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility please contact us at

Working in partnership with Teach First 

Teach First has been an accredited NPQ provider for several years. Following a thorough due diligence process, Bright Futures is delighted to be partnered with Teach First. Teach First has got a strong and proven track record in leadership development. For nearly twenty years, Teach First has trained and developed more than 19,000 teachers and leaders, including 10,000 trainees on its teacher training programme rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Read more here

How to Apply

Our application window, for NPQs starting in October 2024, will open later in the summer term.  Until then you can complete the ‘Expression of Interest’ form NPQ EOI – October 2024 (  This will enable us to keep in touch with you and inform you as soon as our application window is open and confirm next steps.

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