NPQH

National Professional Qualification for Headship.

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Learners First – a Department For Education accredited provider of the National Professional Qualification for Headship

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

Learners First has been designing and delivering the NPQH qualification since the DFE first licensed provision in 2012. Since then over 340 aspiring and serving Head Teachers have accessed the Learners First programme.

 

Who is NPQH for?

NPQH is for those who are, or are aspiring to become, a headteacher or head of school with responsibility for leading a school

This includes those who are, or are aspiring to be, a head or head of school with cross-school responsibilities e.g. a National Leader of Education (NLE).

What Will You Learn On NPQH?

Each of the NPQs feature the same 6 content areas as below, however the knowledge and skills within a content area increases in sophistication, depth and breadth progressively through each of the NPQ levels.

 

Strategy & Improvement

Anticipate changes in the external and strategic environment

Develop an evidence-based organisational strategy, in collaboration with the governing board

Lead a successful whole-school change programme

Teaching and Curriculum Excellence

Lead and grow excellent teaching in a school

Support pupils of all backgrounds, abilities and particular needs in the school to achieve high standards, including Pupil Premium, SEND, EAL or the most able pupils

Systematically review the cumulative impact of initiatives on teacher workload and make proportionate and pragmatic demands on staff

Leading With Impact

Distribute responsibility and accountability throughout the school to improve performance

Be an inspiring leader in a range of different situations

Communicate and negotiate with different people effectively to make progress on objectives

Working in Partnership

Use different models of partnership working to improve educational provision, sustain a culture of mutual challenge and learn from others (including parents/carers, the wider community and other organisation)

Lead an effective partnership which brings benefits to the school and wider education system, particularly in their school’s area(s) of expertise or specialism

Managing Resources and Risks

Balance a school’s strategic or educational priorities with financial efficiency

Implement accountability arrangements to manage resources and risks effectively and in line with statutory requirements (where applicable, fulfilling the Accounting Officer role as defined in the Academies Financial Handbook)

Increasing Capability

Hold all staff to account for performance using performance management, appraisal, misconduct and grievance systems

Create and sustain an environment where all staff are encouraged to develop their own knowledge and skills, and support each other

Anticipate capability requirements or gaps in the school and design strategies to fill them

Leadership Behaviours

In addition to learning about the 6 content areas, as part of the NPQH participants are required to evaluate their strengths in each of the following 7 behaviours at the beginning of their NPQ, and plan how they will develop these during their study programme. Descriptors of the behaviours are as follows:-

Commitment

The best leaders are self-motivated and take a creative, problem-solving approach to new challenge

Collaboration

The best leaders readily engage with, and invest responsibility in, those who are best placed to improve outcomes

Personal Drive

The best leaders are self-motivated and take a creative, problem-solving approach to new challenge

Resilience

The best leaders remain courageous and positive in challenging, adverse or uncertain circumstances

Awareness

The best leaders will know themselves and their teams, continually reflect on their own and others’ practices, and understand how best to approach difficult or sensitive issues.

Integrity

The best leaders act with honesty, transparency and always in the interests of the school and its pupils

Respect

The best leaders their respect the rights, views, beliefs and faiths of pupils, colleagues and stakeholders

NPQH comprises 2 assessment tasks.

Task 1 – participants must:

  • Lead change programme at whole-school level, lasting at least 2 terms, to improve pupil progress and attainment.
  • Present the plan to the Governing board prior to implementation, and gather their feedback
  • Submit a written account of the project to the provider for assessment, which aims to evidence the criteria indicated. This should cover the design, implementation and evaluation of the programme.
  • Submit supporting documents/material as evidence where indicated below. Supporting evidence must be concise and directly related to the candidate’s project and corresponding assessment criterion.
  • Not exceed a total word count of 4,000excluding supporting documents or annexes

Task 2 – participants must:

 
  • 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.
  • Present the plan to the placement school’s governing board and gather their feedback.
  • Submit a written account of the project to the provider for assessment, which aims to evidence the criteria indicated
  • Submit supporting documents/material as evidence where indicated below. Supporting evidence must be concise and directly related to the candidate’s project and corresponding assessment criterion.
  • Not exceed a total word count of 2,500excluding supporting documents or annexes

Content Areas Assessed

Part A

Strategy and Improvement
Teaching and Curriculum Excellence
Leading with Impact
Working in Partnership

Part B

Managing Resources and Risks
Increasing Capability

The assessment for NPQH is conducted externally on behalf of Learners First by NPQ Online an experienced assessor for quality leadership in education.

Delivery Approach​

The Learners First approach to delivery of the NPQH programme is via a blended approach centred around the equivalent of 8 days out of school at face-to-face sessions designed and delivered by experienced school leaders with the expertise and proven track records of success. The face-to-face sessions are supplemented by individual research and work-based tasks aimed at developing your leadership thinking and enabling you to successfully meet the assessment requirements. Peer to peer networking and collaborations are encouraged through school visits during the programme and through the use of social media. NPQH also involves participants undertaking a placement in a contrasting school (for example, by performance, pupil profile, geography etc.) lasting at least 9 working days.

The face-to-face sessions will be delivered over at least three academic terms, ensuring that participants are afforded sufficient time and development opportunities to successfully meet the assessment criteria.

Note :

Whilst Covid-19 restrictions remain in place, face-to-face sessions have been redesigned and replaced by digital/online learning involving webinars and an increased use of online resources. We aim to return to face-to-face delivery as soon as it is practical to do so.

Programme Costs

The cost of NPQH with Learners First is:  £2,145 – This includes the cost of one assessment submission.

Should a participant fail to adhere to the assessment requirements they may be liable for the cost of resubmission.

NPQ Scholarships

As a result of high demand from teachers and leaders for NPQ scholarships, access to scholarship funding was suspended by the Department for Education in late July 2020. This scholarship suspension relates to the current suite of NPQs and will remain in place until 31st August 2022.

Applications

Owing to DfE reforms of the NPQs, the next programmes will commence in the Autumn Term 2021 under the new framework. Further information regarding the new programmes is available below.

Queries

If you have any queries regarding the new NPQH please email:- teachingschool@learnersfirst.org

Quality Assurance

REFORMED NPQS

On 13th October 2020, the Department for Education (DfE) published details of the new frameworks for the reformed national professional qualifications (NPQ) that will be available from September 2021. They have been developed in consultation with an expert advisory group from across the education system and include changes to the ways in which NPQs will be assessed.

In view of these reforms, Learners First is working in partnership with Teaching Schools Hubs and national partners to design and develop new NPQs as part of the DfE reforms in readiness for delivery in the 2021/22 academic year.

Further details including the opportunity for school leaders to register interest in the new programmes will be provided in the Summer Term 2021.

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