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NPQ for Headship

National Professional Qualification for Headship

We have 10 years’ experience in the delivery of the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), and as a local Federation based in the South West we have been able to be flexible, adapting our course content and delivery models to the needs of the wide range of schools and provisions in the South West of England and Wales. We have delivered widely, from mainstream schools and academies at all phases, as well as from special schools, alternative provisions and from the independent sector. We have an outstanding success rate to date, with 100 per cent of submissions to final assessment awarded the qualification.

Since September 2021 we have been delivering Five Counites Teaching School Hubs Alliance courses, working with the delivery partner Ambition Institute.

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Key Information

  • ProgrammeNPQH
    Duration8 modules taught over a 12 month period
    LocationCLF Institute, Russell Town Avenue, Bristol  Find Us
    ApplyEnquire to apply for the NPQH Enquire
  • £1950

    Includes fourteen 2-hour sessions and all assessment fees, plus an invite to the CLF Summer Conference and Talking Leaders conferences

  • If you are interested in taking part in this programme, or would like some further information. Please contact the Institute team who will be happy to help.

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Course Structure

Our headship programme is delivered by experienced facilitators with contributions from current executive leaders. We offer 14 online sessions, each two hours long, addressing all curriculum content and assessment framework requirements. Participants have access to online materials via our VLE and support from our dedicated NPQ team of deliverers and administrators.
  • Pre and post course 360
  • Induction session
  • Pre and post session online tasks, readings, work-based activities and reflection.
  • Each session integrates delivery of assessment outcomes and learning behaviours
  • Final Assessment Preparation Workshop


  • Session 1
  • Session 2 & 3 - Core content
    Strategy & Improvement
  • Session 4 & 5 - Core content
    Teaching & Curriculum Excellence
  • Session 6 & 7 - Core content
    Leading with Impact
  • Session 8 & 9 - Core content
    Working in Partnership
  • Session 10 & 11 - Core content
    Managing Resources & Risks
  • Session 12 & 13 - Core Content
    Increasing Capability
  • Session 14
    Assessment workshop
  • “The NPQH has been a very useful undertaking which has enabled me to reflect on my leadership and how to develop as I aspire towards headship.”

    NPQH Delegate