About the NPQH

The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is a good choice for anyone seeking to become a successful headteacher or college principal.

The programme has now been significantly redesigned with a number of enhanced features to help produce and train an even more outstanding generation of school and academy leaders.

Delivered by experienced, successful and highly credible leaders at Harris the programme will make an outstanding contribution to the professional and career development of participants.

The new NPQH follows a modular curriculum and focuses on all aspects of developing the knowledge, skills and attributes of a successful leader at both primary and secondary levels.

It contains an enhanced syllabus and takes between six and 12 months to complete, using a mixture of work-based, online, reflective and facilitated learning.  

Participants will complete three essential modules and will also be able to choose two elective modules. The balance of each module will vary, but typically at least half of the module activity will be work-based.  

Essential modules
Leading and improving teaching
Leading an effective school
Succeeding in headship

Elective modules
Curriculum development
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

The programme also involves an extended, hands-on placement of 9 days days at a selected school.  During this placement (which we can arrange to be at a Harris Academy or one of our partner schools), participants will:
1) Lead on a strategically challenging project
2) Take part in an agreed activity alongside the headteacher
3) Learn from an effective role model
4) Practice and develop leadership in a different context
5) Reflect on key behaviours of highly effective leaders and identify how to develop your own personal skills

Your school
Participants who are already employed will engage in the day-to-day leadership development in their home school. This will include:
1) Leading a strategic, challenging project
2) Engaging in challenge and support from your headteacher
3) Integrate learning from NPQH into your leadership practice
4) Negotiate and tackle specific school improvement priorities  

Any particpants not working in a school will undertake these activities in their selected placement school.

Optional coaching
Optional coaching for leadership improvement is available at Harris.  Coaching will give partipcants the opportunity to:
1) Draw together, synthesise and integrate learning
2) Reflect on progress and build on strengths to identify any further development required
3) Build self-awareness and improve personal leadership skills
4) Build coaching behaviours into your leadership skills

Register with Harris for NPQH

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